The new Honda City.
The new Honda City.

2014 Honda City and Honda Civic Hatch upgraded

TWO compact offerings from Honda have been revised with extra features.

With a larger wheelbase and more modern styling, Honda is hoping its new City offering will find some sales form in the pint-size category.

The entry-level price for a Honda City with a five-speed manual transmission has dropped $500 to $15,990, the up-spec VTi-L price has risen $900.

Under the bonnet is an improved 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which still generates 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, but average fuel consumption has dropped from 6.3 litres/100km to 5.5 with the new continuously variable transmission.

Looking sleeker and cleaner, the City has a new bumper and grille, as well as stronger horizontal lines in profile.

The new City, due in showrooms this month, is also available with a sports pack. Athletic additions include a rear wing spoiler, sideskirt set, front and rear under spoiler and a Honda sports grille for $1000.

Boot space has also increased by more than 30 litres to a total capacity of 506.

Technology advances include the touch-screen Honda Display Audio system, which has full Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a reversing camera. VTi-L variants have a push button start and keyless entry.

The Civic Hatch has received a makeover, with upgrades to the exterior and interior, modified suspension and price rises of $1000 across the range

At the front, the bumper receives a new piano-black finish while the rear bumper receives black treatment to its lower portion.

The tailgate receives the same piano-black finish as the front bumper.

Privacy glass has been added to the rear windscreens of the VTi-S and DTi-S making this a standard feature across the range. There is a new design for the 17-inch alloy wheels on the VTi-L, VTi-L with navigation and DTi-S.

Inside, the cabin has been refreshed with subtle changes including white stitching on the front seats, steering wheel, knee pad and centre armrest along with a brighter trim around switches and air vents. There is also a piano-black treatment for the steering wheel.

A new colour has been added - urban titanium - while deep ocean blue and crystal black are no longer available on the DTi-S.

"The Civic remains one of our most popular nameplates in Australia," said Honda Australia director Stephen Collins. "The European-styled hatch has maintained a strong presence in the small segment, with over 14,000 units finding homes since the new model was launched in 2012.

"With its styling upgrades and changes to suspension, the small price increase still makes it one of the best value-for-money hatches on the market."

Honda City

VTi (m) $15,990

VTi (a) $17,990

VTi-L (a) $21,390

VTi-L (a) sports pack $22,390

(metallic paint $495)

Honda Civic Hatch

VTi-S (m) $21,650

VTi-S (a) $23,950

VTi-L (a) $26,490

VTi-L with navi (a) $30,590

DTi-S (m) $27,990

Metallic paint $575

The Honda Civic Hatch.
The Honda Civic Hatch.

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