What is it?

SUVs may perhaps rule the roost nowadays, but the Metropolis, even 22 yrs on, is nonetheless alive and kicking, and is one of the longest-operating nameplates presently on sale in India. The City’s India story started in 1998 and we have experienced 4 versions considering that. The very first 3 cars have been all quite distinctive in character, with each design staying a achievement for Honda.

Uncharacteristically then, the 4th-era was much more of an evolution, but many thanks to the additional enhancements and introduction of a diesel possibility, it went on to turn into the most successful Metropolis in India, and it is this quite evolutionary technique which is been carried ahead to the 5th-gen Metropolis.

Never feel for a moment however that it’s a basic update of the preceding automobile. While it is centered on a modified version of the previously Metropolis, the engineering changes are enormous. The new City’s system shell packs in much more large-tensile-toughness steel and a stiffer roof part, resulting in a 20 p.c increase in torsional rigidity. The system shell is marginally lighter much too, but the overall bodyweight of the automobile is up by all over 40kg many thanks to other enhancements like a firewall that is two hundred p.c thicker aiding stiffness, safety and sound insulation.

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3D surfacing provides character.


The Metropolis has also grown in sizing, providing a small much more interior space, and it is acquired much more tech like a lane enjoy digicam and Alexa voice assistant integration. On the powertrain front, the petrol motor is a new DOHC 1.five-litre unit which is now coupled to a six-pace handbook gearbox. CVT is nonetheless an possibility. The more mature City’s 1.five diesel and six-pace handbook have ahead much too, but with some modifications to improve refinement and, of system, fulfill BS6 emission norms.

The new Metropolis will not have it uncomplicated however. Motion in the midsize sedan phase has definitely hotted up in a limited a span of just a few months we have found Skoda update its Immediate, as did VW its Vento, while Hyundai gave the Verna a big overhaul. The Ciaz proceeds to be a solid participant much too. So can the new Metropolis leapfrog all its rivals?

What’s it like on the exterior?

The Metropolis seems much more of an evolution of the preceding design and the overall stance, shape and style and design of the personal elements remind you of the previously automobile. While the wheelbase is the exact as right before (as this platform shares a large amount of the hardpoints with the preceding-gen), the new automobile has grown a good little bit in duration and width, however the height is a lot less than right before.

Honda’s signature front chrome bar is now thicker with the top strip stretching throughout the width of the nose, above the LED highlights. The sharp-seeking headlights with their numerous reflectors and techy detailing search outstanding, and make the new Metropolis stand out as genuinely new.

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Alloys search intelligent, but wheels are much too tiny for the wheel wells.


It is from the facet that you get a excellent idea of the new City’s tremendous duration, which at four,549mm, tends to make it not just extended than each individual other midsizer but even extended than the very first-gen Civic! Certainly, the Metropolis which is similarly appreciated for its front and again seats, has grown with each successive era. However, with no corresponding increase in wheelbase over the preceding automobile, the proportions have a little bit gone for a toss. The extended, large bonnet and chunky bumper make the automobile search much more grown-up than right before, but the nose sticks out pretty a little bit, resulting in a front overhang which is a contact excessive.

This dwarfs the intelligent 16-inch seeking alloys shod with 185/55 tyres which never pretty fill out the wheel arches. The previously car’s shoulder line has been moved better up and it runs the duration of the automobile, and this, together with the sharp crease throughout the base of the doors, provides a pleasant pressure to the system.

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The 9 LED array seems hanging.


The 3D-seeking tail-lights are also quite hanging and the blacked-out elements search quite neat. What also stands out are the vertical reflector strips that sit inside of a sculpted housing in the rear bumper. On the complete, however, this is not a automobile that will change heads simply but it is neatly built and seems pretty up to date.

What’s it like inside of?

Open up the doors and you are greeted by a top quality-seeking, mild brown and black interior. The plastics all over the cabin also search excellent but they are a little bit much too shiny we would have chosen duller, comfortable-contact textures. This apart, there’s small else to complain about. Honda has been generous with the use of mild brown leather-based it’s on the seats, doorway trims, dash panel and the centre console much too, and it truly does increase to the abundant really feel inside of. The dash and centre console trim are beautifully styled with neat stitching and the effectively-sculpted seats search quite inviting. They are snug with excellent all-spherical bolstering, but if I experienced to nitpick, the lower lumbar guidance is a little bit excessive on the front and rear seats.

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Dashboard is effectively laid out and seems pleasant and top quality, but the plastics are a little bit much too shiny would have chosen duller, comfortable-contact textures.


Honda aced backseat comfort and ease with the 4th-gen Metropolis, and has accomplished it still all over again with a rear bench which is the most generous in the course. The extensive and deep seat base, positioned at the correct height, will preserve you snug for several hours on the highway. Like right before, the tiny rise in the flooring driving the front seat, acts as a purely natural footrest which additional boosts comfort and ease amounts. What’s pleasant is that all 3 rear passengers get 3-place seat belts and correctly sized head restraints. However, headroom at the again was just about ample for my 5ft 8in frame I experienced a 3-finger hole to the top, which signifies taller folks may perhaps uncover it limited.

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Just like the rear, front seats are comfy but lumbar guidance is a bit excessive.


There’s loads of the standard storage areas all over but what’s truly intelligent are the types for phones. Entrance passengers have two slots on possibly facet of the parking brake lever, while all those at the rear have handy felt-lined pockets sewn into the front seatbacks. Boot space has gone down by a very small four litres and is now at 506 litres so it is nonetheless quite substantial and useable.

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Cozy seats and excellent legroom, headroom is limited for taller passengers.


The boot-opening system employs torsion rods which act as elastic springs to carry the boot lid, but they aren’t solid enough so the lid does not pop open up on its very own and you have to carry it all the way to the top.

How about devices? 

Hondas aren’t generally what you’d phone effectively-outfitted, this Metropolis, nevertheless, is pretty distinct. There’s a large amount of devices like a sunroof, a lane enjoy digicam, a rear-see digicam with standard, extensive and top see, a tyre tension checking method with deflation warning, front facet and curtain airbags, and vehicle local weather control that luckily won’t get contact-operated buttons but neat knurled knobs that have a pleasant click on to them this signifies you never have to just take your eyes off the highway to use the controls. The steering wheel much too has controls like a roller swap that allows you obtain many characteristics of the instrument panel.

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Dials change with a gratifying click on.


The instrument panel itself consists of an analogue speedometer needle that runs throughout a electronic dial on the 7.-inch display screen. The tachometer is an all-electronic display and the display screen can also display a G-force meter, and other excursion-associated details. The style and design of instrument panel display is pretty basic but its clarity is outstanding and isn’t really distracting like in the Verna. The brilliant and sharp instrument cluster is amazingly uncomplicated to read through, nevertheless, the exact can not be explained of the 8.-inch touchscreen.

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Sunroof is not quite substantial, can be opened and shut remotely.


Honda states it has used an optical bonding application that decreases reflection but the trouble is that this coating has very seriously lowered the brightness of the display screen. Even on the brightest location, the display screen is difficult to read through in direct daylight, and it always seems smudgy like it could use a excellent wipe down. The method, of system, has all the standard connectivity bits like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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The display screen is dim and picks up smudges simply.


Also on the 5th-gen Metropolis is a new version of Honda’s connectivity tech that will get you all the normal bits like distant engine start, pre-cooling, but the occasion trick right here is the Alexa voice assistant integration. So, from your residence, you can simply just ask Alexa to pre-awesome the cabin or get you information of the fuel stage in the automobile or its existing position. 

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A phase-very first lane enjoy digicam is available on the new Metropolis.


What’s it like to generate?

If there’s one large place of a Honda, it is the engine and it is the exact right here with the new DOHC 1.five-litre petrol which is a serious delight. It is not punchy like a turbo unit but it is quite solid and tractable and functions effectively at both equally ends of the rev range. At very low revs, it pulls cleanly even in better gears, and it revs freely until finally the 7,000rpm redline. In comparison to the more mature automobile, equipment ratios are a little bit taller right here, permitting you hit better speeds in each equipment, but what’s excellent is that the motor is adaptable enough to supply excellent efficiency all throughout. This tractability lets you to generate correct from 15kph all the way earlier 150kph in third! This signifies you will have much less gears shifts to contend with. Honda statements a fuel effectiveness of 17.8 for the handbook and eighteen.4kpl for the vehicle, which is marginally better than the previously car’s SOHC motor which delivered 17.four and eighteen.0kpl, respectively.


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The new Metropolis will get a DOHC 1.five-litre petrol engine.

The new engine does get audible at all over 3,000rpm but it is not severe just loud. It is also rather strong much too the Metropolis hits 100kph from a standstill in ten.20sec, which is just .07sec off the previously car’s time, and only marginally driving Skoda’s turbocharged 1. TSI Immediate time of ten.09sec.

Taller ratios also indicate in-equipment times are slower. 20-80kph in third arrives up in thirteen.23sec, while forty-100kph in 4th normally takes eighteen.23sec.The Immediate 1. TSI clocks 11.69 and 14.38 sec, respectively.

Coupled to the CVT, the Metropolis does -100kph in twelve.05sec. While slower, it nonetheless will be acceptable for most, and you will also have the advantage of an automated kickdown in the course of in-equipment acceleration which showed a time of six.58sec in 20-80kph, and 8.52sec in the forty-100kph dash.

2020 Honda Metropolis efficiency figures (as tested)
Petrol MT Petrol CVT* Diesel MT*
-20kph 1.17sec 1.45sec 1.17sec
-40kph two.74sec 3.39sec two.97sec
-60kph four.53sec five.54sec five.30sec
-80kph 7.22sec 8.38sec 8.64sec
-100kph ten.20sec twelve.05sec twelve.90sec
-120kph 14.98sec 16.69sec eighteen.26sec
-140kph 20.71sec 24.30sec 27.05sec
20-80kph thirteen.23sec six.58sec** 11.40sec
forty-100kph eighteen.23sec 8.52sec** thirteen.89sec

*Assessments not to Autocar India expectations, **acceleration in kickdown

What’s pleasant is that the normal rubberband outcome of the CVT is quite effectively managed. For most day to day driving predicaments, the rise in revs matches the rise in highway pace and it’s only when you mash down on the accelerator that you get the generally stretchy really feel, with the revs climbing more rapidly than the actual highway pace. Furthermore, of system, you can also use the paddles and have good handbook control over shifts with the ‘box permitting you redline the engine much too.

Honda states it has calibrated the control unit’s computer software, and it employs what the firm phone calls ‘full-open up acceleration move-up change control’ and ‘brake operation move-down change control. Really a mouthful, sure, but what this does is, in the course of acceleration, alternatively than allow the CVT slide its way up, it performs stepped upshifts and attempts to match the automobile pace with the engine pace and sound. And less than hard braking, the CVT shifts to significantly lower ratios thus supplying engine braking this is a thing we saw place into outcome when driving down a winding highway.

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Engines are phenomenally tractable, in third equipment the petrol can go all the way from 15kph to over 150kph!


If you’ve read through our earlier critiques of the Metropolis diesel, or even cars like the Amaze that use the exact 1.five diesel, you will know we haven’t been fans of the refinement amounts. However, Honda has worked to improve NVH amounts on the new Metropolis, utilising bits like more sound deadeners in the flooring, a thicker firewall, and by also spraying the engine bay with a distinctive sound-deadening coating. The end result is an engine which is significantly quieter and pleasantly refined. At very low revs, this motor won’t get obtrusive, and that aggravating, sharp diesel clatter that characterised the preceding iterations is all but eliminated. Certainly, the engine drones loudly at large revs, and, in absolute terms, isn’t really as tranquil as Hyundai’s 1.five diesel, which is nonetheless the benchmark for refinement.

2020 Honda Metropolis petrol sounds amounts (as tested)
Idle with AC off 39.4dB
Idle with AC blower at 50 percent fifty one.7dB
Idle with AC blower at entire sixty four.5dB
50kph in 4th equipment sixty four.5dB
80kph in 6th equipment 69dB
Full revs at redline in 1st equipment seventy eight.2dB at 7000rpm

The diesel also stunned us with its un-diesel-like ability shipping and delivery. It is rather tractable from very low revs and turbo lag is pretty negligible much too. Positive, at very low revs, under 1,500rpm, the ability is muted, but you never truly struggle with a absence of reaction. And when you cross the 1,500rpm, it’s not a sudden spike but a speedy move up in rate, following which ability builds pretty evenly all the way to four,200rpm comfortable rev limiter. The diesel posts a -100kph time of twelve.9sec, while 20-80kph in third and forty-100kph in 4th are significantly more rapidly than the petrol, with 11.four and thirteen.89sec, respectively. As with a lot of BS6 updates, fuel effectiveness has dropped, the new unit returning 24.1kpl as versus the preceding twenty five.6kpl. Honda has used a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC), thus keeping away from the use of the AdBlue liquid that SCR programs have to have. The penalty for this, of system, is the slight drop in effectiveness, which is due to the excess fuel staying used for exhaust following-remedy.

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Diesel engine refinement superior and the aggravating clatter is all but gone nonetheless not phase-primary however.

What’s the journey and handling like? 

Thanks to the stiffer system, Honda states it’s been capable to go softer with the suspension, and this has definitely assisted the journey. The Metropolis absorbs whichever the highway throws at it and it soaks up potholes and ruts without the need of crashing by way of them. The journey is pretty experienced in really feel, significantly like what you’d expect from European sedans. It is also flat and composed at freeway speeds, but if you press on to better 3-digit speeds, with the speedo needle sitting in the past quadrant of the dial, the Metropolis, which has a rather large floor clearance, is not as planted as we would have appreciated. You have to have to have a organization grip on the wheel as the nose tends to wander.

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The journey feels pretty experienced.


Handling, nevertheless, is benign and quite predictable, which tends to make the Metropolis an uncomplicated automobile to generate. The steering is properly weighted and the grip from the tyres is astonishingly excellent and could tempt you to have some pleasurable, primarily when you have a rev-satisfied, by natural means-aspirated engine which is always all set to play ball. But, if you press much too hard, the comfortable-suspension will give way to a good little bit of system roll, which is much more pronounced in the front.

Braking efficiency is excellent, nevertheless an previously bite place and a a lot less spongy pedal really feel would’ve assisted. All in all, this is a automobile that will reward all but the keenest of motorists.

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Despite the narrow tyres, cornering grip is excellent but there is recognizable system roll.

Really should you acquire one?

The new Metropolis may perhaps not search all that new and it does not deviate from the experimented with and tested formula of its predecessors. The handling is not sporty possibly, and the chassis setup does not pretty match the enthusiasm of the rev-satisfied petrol, and that may perhaps disappoint eager motorists. But there’s small else to fault with Honda’s most up-to-date midsize sedan and it scores the place it matters most. Area and overall comfort and ease are the most effective in course, the useful cabin with loads of thoughtful touches seems quite top quality, and, for a modify, it is quite effectively specced with some neat occasion tricks like the Alexa integration. Both of those engines are solid and supply a strong efficiency, and the journey is quite effectively sorted much too.

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On the complete, Honda has accomplished a tremendous work with the new Metropolis, and it seems all set to leapfrog the level of competition. A spoiler, nevertheless, could be its value. For the very first time in its historical past, Honda India will have on sale two generations of the exact automobile, and the existing design with a starting value of Rs. 9.ninety one lakh, is by now pricier than rivals. For this reason, Honda will have to position and value the new design smartly to guarantee it does not leap out of the phase and rivalry.

Also see:

2020 Honda Metropolis video clip overview

2020 Skoda Immediate 1. TSI overview, check generate

2020 Hyundai Verna review, check generate

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