Honda City 2020: How is the new City different from the Old one?

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Nov 20 2019 Share this blog

As the Honda City enters into its fifth generation, the Japanese carmaker has implemented major changes to the all-new 2020 Honda City. Initially unveiled in Thailand, the latest generation Honda City has made its global debut. We are comparing the Thai-spec model with the outgoing fourth-generation India-spec Honda City, to know the difference in a better way. The fifth-generation Honda City is likely to be launched in India by mid-2020. 

The major changes would include a revamped exterior design, new interior finish, and some notable updates to the dimensions. Also, the new powertrains will be BS 6-compliant for the Indian market to take on its competitors like Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, etc. The India-spec 4th generation Honda city has been sale since 2014 and received a mid-cycle facelift in 2017. Let’s find out all the differences in the comparison below. 

New Honda City vs Old Generation Honda City: Engine Specs

The Thai-Spec Honda City arrives with a new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It is paired with a CVT automatic transmission. The engine develops 122PS of power and 173Nm of torque. The current 4th generation India-spec City is powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel power mills.

The new Honda City will be updating the current engine options to the BS 6-compliant version. The petrol engine, which propels 117 bhp and 145 Nm, is available with a choice between five-speed manual transmission and CVT. The diesel unit generates 99 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque and is mated with a six-speed manual transmission only. The Thailand-spec model receives a new 1.0-litre petrol engine but it won’t be coming to Indian shores.

New Honda City vs Old Honda City: Exterior Design & Dimensions

Anyone who took a close view of the Thai-spec 2020 Honda City would find its front fascia resembling the Amaze. The design looks a bit premium with the front and side revamp. It still holds a large chrome bar that connects the headlights- a signature Honda style.

2020 Honda City gets an all-new design

You’ll find a new set of LED headlamps with integrated DRLs that follow the familiar sweeping design of the centre bar above the front grille. Notably, Honda City sportier RS variant also features LED headlamps. The addition of new fog lamps gives the bumper a chunkier look. On the side profile, the 2020 City looks long and beefy than before. The shoulder line carries the design character from the headlamps all across the sides to the tail lamp. The new City is longer by 113mm and the undenied fact is that it looks like Civic when seen from the side. 

4th-Generation Honda City

After close inspection, we found that the major difference between the new and old Honda City models lies in their rear part. The design elements are sharper this time and it makes the overall look much more premium than before. The new LED tail lamps add an advantage to the new City over the old one. The 53mm increase in width makes the City noticeable for different angles. Honda has also added extra indents to the rear bumpers in order to make it look more sporty. The RS variant gets a faux rear diffuser as well.


5th Gen Thai-Spec Honda City 

4th Gen India-Spec Honda City 


















Tyre size

185/60 R15

185/55 R16


Kerb Weight




New Honda City vs Old Honda City: Interior & Features

The fifth-generation Honda City is welcomed with an all-new dashboard that is the best distinguishing factor from the fourth-gen model. The Thai-spec City offers an all-black interior theme but the India-spec model could be available in a beige-on-black theme. The brushed aluminium and piano black trim on the dashboard has been retained from the present model, making the cabin upscale.

2020 Honda CivicThe new Honda City Dashboard is a completely all-new unit 

In terms of instrumentation, Honda City continues to use twin-analogue dials and multi-info display. The dashboard now features a new design layout with a large 8.0-inch touchscreen at the centre. You won’t find a touch panel-based climate control setup and conventional three-rotary-dial setup. The three-spoke steering wheel is also new to the club, so are the brushed-aluminium pedals. However, while the current City’s MID is fixed on the right side of dials, the new car’s MID is assembled in-between.

Old Honda City Dashboard 

As far as the features are concerned, the new generation City retains best features from the current top-spec City that includes ABS with EBD, automatic climate control, cruise control, LED lights, six airbags, and a large touchscreen infotainment screen. The Thai-spec new City also brings in vehicle-stability control and hill-start assist. These features are likely to make their way to India-spec sedan as well.

New Honda City vs Old Honda City: Pricing

The 2020 Honda City will be offered in BS 6 -compliant engine options, thus attracting a premium over the existing model prices. The current 4th generation India-spec Honda City is priced in between ?9.81 lakh and ?14.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

What's our take on the all-new Honda City?

All-in-all, the 5th-gen Honda City has got the fascia similar to that of the Honda Civic and the Honda Amaze. Honda has reworked heavily in the design (both exterior and interior) to make it look different from its older counterpart. The features and the tech is likely to remain the same as that of the ongoing model, but it will now get the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto connectivity as well. It’ll also get upgraded safety and tech suite to comply with the safety norms of the Indian Subcontinent.

Also, check out our review on the fourth-generation Honda City.