The City only offers one type of engine for its current version: a chain drive Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) i-VTEC engine with 4 valves per cylinder. The engine is a carryover from the previous City with the horsepower and torque unchanged at 119 HP and 145 Nm, respectively. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11- 12 seconds.
Honda offers the City in different types of trim levels for each country that is in. Trim levels for the Honda City in the second hand car market include the base trim 1.3 A, mid-level 1.3 S, high end 1.5 E and top-of-the-line 1.5 V. Extra features such as i-VTEC and CVT were optional for each trim. For the current model Honda City 2015, trim levels include, from low-end to high-end: E MT, E CVT, E CVT Modulo Utility, VX Navi CVT, VX CVT Modulo Aero Sports, VX+ CVT, and VX CVT Mugen.
The Honda City suspension system utilizes an independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer at the front and an H-shaped torsion beam with stabilizer for the rear. Earlier editions have a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Newer releases, however, have a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 7-speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox.
A sturdy and roomy cabin instantly puts occupants at ease. When driven, the engine performs admirably on normal mode. However, one might find the engine to seemingly ‘hold back’ in ‘Econ’ mode under hard acceleration, which obviously, is meant to help save fuel.