Honda is a Japanese car manufacturer that came up after the end of the Second World War. Honda entered the Indian market about 15 years back and from the word go; it certainly made a mark on the Indian buyers. Their model the Honda City Zx was a runaway success and it outscored over other cars of the same genre.
Come 2009 and Honda have launched a V tec model to replace the city ZX. The car has a similar platform as the earlier car but there is a change in its dynamics and engine performance. The car engine is more refined and churns out 100hp which is slightly lower than the earlier model, but in no way this detracts from its overall performance.
The model in terms of appearance is distinct from the earlier dolphin shape .However the changes are only to the front grill and bonnet, but these set the vehicle apart from the earlier model. Honda has not changed the capacity of the engine which remains at 1497 cc. But it has a SOHC (single overhead camshaft) configuration. This has its benefits as the new Honda generates 100bhpat 5800rpm. With a maximum torque of 13.5kgm at 4800rpm makes for a reasonable drive.
Airbags and EBD are standard. The car also has Electronic Power Steering which makes the car easy to handle on the road. In addition it has a Leather Gear Knob, parking brake handle and a new generation CD player. The VTEC sports 15 inch alloy rim wheels. But the tires that fit in may need to be wider especially in case you are driving in hills and curves.
The gear ratios of the car are good and the engine gives a feel of power coupled with economy. The efficiency of the car engine can be gauged from the fact that the car can touch 100 km per hour just in the second gear. This can give the driver a feel of optimum power and makes for excellent drive on the road. With all four disc brakes as standard fitting the car makes for a good road grip as well.
The car is costlier than the earlier model, but the Honda name carries it through and the buyer gets the feel of purchasing a car that is worth its value