2022 Honda City Hybrid review – The most technologically advanced City yet | Autocar India
Ev is obviously the future that is where we are headed to, but even that isnt completely ready, yet thanks to the weak charging infrastructure. What makes a very strong case, though, are strong hybrids, and that is what honda has focused on with their latest car. This is the city e hev, and it is the latest strong, hybrid in the country. Now, at first glance it is a city from every angle, but there are some changes that make it different from the standard car. The city ehev is based on the top spec zx trim of the city, so you get a pretty packed car at the front. It gets a sportier treatment for the bumper and a claw like design for the fog lamp housing over to the side. The wheels while the same size at 16 inches are finished in dual tone. There is no branding or badging on the fenders about it being a hybrid at the rear. It has a sporty design with a spoiler, a black diffuser with carbon accents and an ehev badge as well. Whats also very interesting is that both the honda badges at the front and at the back have a slight blue tinge in them, signifying that this is a strong, hybrid Music. Now inside the city ehev, not a lot is different. Youve seen this layout before on the standard car, the touchscreen, still eight inches switch gear is still very much the same. What is new, though, is this two tone upholstery.
It is ivory and black and it does look really nice. The seats also have a nice amount of leather on them and, of course they are in this ivory shade, which will be a bit difficult to maintain, but it definitely looks premium and plush. You have a sunroof one touch sunroof. So all those things are here, but now you have an electronic parking brake and what that has done is free up some space here, which means you now get a little bit of storage here, but you still dont get wireless charging, that is in the options or The accessory list, if you may, but no wireless carplay, no wireless android auto, so those are things that are a miss and no code seats either, and that is just such a disappointment because i mean it is going to be a premium car. It is going to be priced at a premium from the standard car. Those things could have been there, they should have been there actually well. The other big changes are the steering wheel. It is more or less the same, but you now have these switches for the adas functions and the big one is in the instrument cluster. You have a seven inch tft display, which is nice and vibrant lot of information and on the right you have the same. Speedometer very clean and clear, but more on the tft display. It is basically your ev meter. You know that is what tells you your battery, the energy flow, the range you have, the performance youre getting and a lot of it is concentrated in that digital meter.
Of course, you dont have an rpm gauge, so its very much like driving an ev, but more or less it does have that techie. It has a lot of information in it and it is very, very convenient and easy to use as well. Space in the back is not too different. Dimensionally there has been no change, so you still get the good amount of legroom still get the headroom, but you also have a vent in the back, and that is there to cool the battery pack. That is behind the seats. What it does is basically transfer the cool air from the ac and from the cabin, and it goes straight onto the battery and helps it cool it. Doesnt get in your way, if youre seated there and as on other cities, seat cushioning and comfort is really special. What is a bit of a downer is the boot space. Now it has gone down 200 liters and thats a lot. Of course you have the big battery to blame for it, but 200 liters. Now the boot space is at 306 from 506, which means you can fit, maybe two suitcases and it does have a bit of an underflow storage where you can have maybe a soft bag or a duffel bag, or something like that. But overall it has gone down. So the practicality has taken a slight hit, however, with an hybrid, the main thing is whats under the skin, the engine, the motor and the battery, and how it works together.
So lets find that out Music. Now the city ea tv is powered by a 1.5 liter ivy tech engine, but it is not the same engine that is on the standard car you see, it has some big significant changes and the biggest one is that it runs the more efficient atkinson cycle now. Atkinson cycle is widely used with hybrids because they are low in power high in efficiency, but because the hybrid has an electric motor it compensates for that loss in power. So the performance is not hampered that bad, the city ehev, is a strong hybrid, and what that means is that there is an engine, two motors one for powering the wheels and the other to charge the battery and a battery pack that sends power to the wheels. Now the engine, as i said, is 98 horsepower. The traction motor gives it another 109 horsepower and combined. They both make 126 horsepower. Now you know the theory and numbers heres what its like to drive now. The other great thing about this ea tv is that when youre at a stop light like this, the ac keeps on going. You know it doesnt really shut off the compressor doesnt shut off. You still have it all running, even though the engine is shut and thats a really nice thing and as you get going, it starts off in ev mode, because the battery always has a bit of charge to it. It never really depletes completely.
So, while taking off, you are in ev mode as i am right now and if i want a little bit of a push, then the motor kicks in you now are in hybrid mode, and when i really push it, like, i said, go up to triple. Digit speeds, that is when the engine kicks in the thing is you dont have a manual eva mode, the motor decides. When the battery has sufficient charge, it will switch to just tv. If not, it will add the motor and, if not, it will add the engine as well. Now, when youre out on highways and long stretches, you want that extra bit of performance, you want a bit of grunt and that is where the engine mode kicks. In. You see what it does is basically negate the motor and the battery and sends power directly to the wheels, because, to be honest, it doesnt really make sense for the engine to send power to the generator that will send power to the motor. And then that will power the wheels and that is done by using an engine link clutch now the clutch only activates after your past 80 to 100 kph, because that is when the engine really needs to come in and power the wheels directly. And that is how it is also a lot more efficient. It sounds complex, but it works seamlessly in hybrid mode, the engine powers, the generational motor, which powers the battery and the battery then powers the traction motor that sends power to the wheels.
Only once you go above the triple digit speeds, the engine directly powers the front wheels and if it needs more, the motor also assists it as well. As a result, you have a 0 100 time of just 10 seconds making this the fastest city there has ever been, and speaking of transferring power. The city ehev also has an ecv team. Now its not like a standard cvt where you have a belt and pulley mechanism, so the rubber band effect is not there. You push your foot down and the engine lunges ahead. You get a bit of a drone and what is really interesting about this ecvt is that it also has these gradual steps, so the engine rpm is actually modulated and that sort of mimics a gear shift, you know or a setup. It still has just one gear. So just one gear ratio throughout, but through software and through controllers on the engine and the motor honda, has sort of mimicked the whole idea of a gear shift. So if i push my foot down now, it will go ahead and shift as you. I hope youve heard that but thats the whole idea. The idea is to make it feel like a normal car. You know like youre, not driving an appliance of some sort. It is a more feel based thing. It doesnt have any rewards in terms of efficiency or performance. It is just there to make it feel like a normal usual car.
What is also an important aspect on a strong hybrid is regenerative. Braking the city hev also has strong, recuperation or regenerative braking. That means you have three levels: d1, d2 and d3, and those are quite significant because in d1 you do feel a bit of that resistance. In d2 it gets a bit stronger and in d3 it is the strongest three being the strongest. You know for the city for bumper to bumper traffic, you need as much regen as you can get because youre going to be braking a lot more, so that works. But there is also a b mode, which is the engine braking mode and that is used primarily for going downhill when youre on a long downhill stretch. You want the b mode and what that does is a bit of a permanent fix. You know, because if youre in d3 and you continue downhill and if you for instance accelerate it will again shift to d2 or d1, you know you wont, have it constant. Then you have to move again to d3, and that is a bit of an inconvenience. If you just want to have constant regenerative, braking slotted in b and leave it there, it will not move until you shift it out from b, so that is a big plus, especially if you are on a downhill stretch. The city ehev also has a rear, disc, brake and braking on the whole has been worked on very well now.
Whats, very impressive on the city. Eigv is the braking, and by that i mean the brake, feel you see on hybrids. Usually, what happens is because of the regenerative braking the brake feel is a bit artificial. You know, initially, you feel a bit wooden. It is not hydraulic or fluid in any sense, but on this, honda has made sure that it doesnt feel that way they have these brake simulators behind the pedal and that work really well, because what they do is send a signal to the electronic sensor, and that Decides how much brake pressure and brake force is needed so, even though youre pressing a brake normally, it feels like it is fluid and it feels very, very hydraulic, so that brake feel is very important and its really great how honda has sort of you know made All these changes just so that the car feels car like to drive, and you know you dont feel like youre driving, like i said, an appliance attack or a gadget usually thats the case with evs. You know the steering is too light. The brake feel is artificial. Everything is sort of like a toy in this, though they have made sure that the car and the emotions are there made the steps that we talked about with the cvt, be it the steering which has a good amount of heft and the brake, which is again Very, very feelsome, the other weapon in the city, ea, tvs, armory, is the 8s.
Now in terms of features, you of course have the standard stuff like i mentioned, but the big one, of course, is the adas. Now those are some really cool features and honda has done it without the use of radar or lidar. It is just a camera that scans ahead and projects the image back for processing. Then it detects if it is a pedestrian. If it is a bicycle, if it is oncoming traffic, if it is a car thats trying to turn in and if it is the car in front of you, however, while the detection is done well, since the camera and image processing isnt as strong as a radar Sensor there is some delay in response and overall it isnt as smooth as a radar based system sure it will detect the obstacles very well, but you cannot and should not rely completely on it. There is also lane keep assist which, on a well marked road, will make sure the car stays within the lanes collision mitigation, which automatically breaks once it detects an obstacle and road departure mitigation which scans the boundaries of the road. Even if its poorly marked and offers corrective input as well and then theres also the headlight beam, auto adjust which switches to low beam if it detects oncoming traffic or a car driving in front of you once the road is clear. It switches back to high beam. Now air dash and all these fancy features are well and good, but again whats very impressive.
On the ear tv and thats there on the standard car as well. Is the lane assist camera. The camera positioned on the outside rear view, mirror projects the recording onto the screen and is a huge plus in terms of safety. Music. The city eigv, is by far the most tech laden city there has ever been and you can go on and on about the wizardry that happens beneath, but simply put it all works perfectly in the city with moderate acceleration. It is safe to assume figures of around 18 to 19 kpl. Yes, it will be priced at a premium over the standard car, but for the extra you pay, you will end up saving a good chunk in fuel costs. For those who dont mind shelling out the extra and want a car with some strong tech, the city ehev is the right choice with no direct competition.