What is it?

SUVs may possibly rule the roost these days, but the Metropolis, even 22 years on, is nevertheless alive and kicking, and is just one of the longest-jogging nameplates currently on sale in India. The City’s India tale commenced in 1998 and we’ve had 4 variations considering the fact that. The initially 3 vehicles have been all quite one of a kind in character, with every single design getting a achievement for Honda.

Uncharacteristically then, the 4th-era was more of an evolution, but many thanks to the further more improvements and introduction of a diesel choice, it went on to develop into the most successful Metropolis in India, and it is this quite evolutionary approach which is been carried forward to the fifth-gen Metropolis.

Never feel for a second however that it is really a simple update of the previous auto. Whilst it is primarily based on a modified variation of the previously Metropolis, the engineering variations are enormous. The new City’s system shell packs in more high-tensile-power metal and a stiffer roof segment, resulting in a twenty per cent improve in torsional rigidity. The system shell is marginally lighter way too, but the overall fat of the auto is up by around 40kg many thanks to other enhancements like a firewall that is 200 per cent thicker aiding stiffness, protection and audio insulation.

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3D surfacing provides character.

 

The Metropolis has also developed in measurement, supplying a tiny more inside place, and it is received more tech like a lane watch digicam and Alexa voice assistant integration. On the powertrain front, the petrol motor is a new DOHC 1.5-litre device that’s now coupled to a six-velocity manual gearbox. CVT is nevertheless an choice. The more mature City’s 1.5 diesel and six-velocity manual carry forward way too, but with some modifications to enhance refinement and, of class, meet BS6 emission norms.

The new Metropolis will not have it simple however. Action in the midsize sedan section has definitely hotted up in a shorter a span of just a couple of months we’ve viewed Skoda update its Quick, as did VW its Vento, even though Hyundai gave the Verna a key overhaul. The Ciaz proceeds to be a strong player way too. So can the new Metropolis leapfrog all its rivals?

What’s it like on the exterior?

The Metropolis looks more of an evolution of the previous design and the overall stance, condition and design of the individual factors remind you of the previously auto. Whilst the wheelbase is the identical as prior to (as this system shares a large amount of the hardpoints with the previous-gen), the new auto has developed a truthful bit in size and width, however the top is less than prior to.

Honda’s signature front chrome bar is now thicker with the prime strip stretching across the width of the nose, previously mentioned the LED highlights. The sharp-seeking headlights with their many reflectors and techy detailing seem brilliant, and make the new Metropolis stand out as genuinely new.

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Alloys seem sensible, but wheels are way too tiny for the wheel wells.

 

It’s from the side that you get a fantastic idea of the new City’s tremendous size, which at four,549mm, makes it not just more time than just about every other midsizer but even more time than the initially-gen Civic! Of course, the Metropolis which is equally appreciated for its front and back again seats, has developed with every single successive era. Having said that, with no corresponding improve in wheelbase around the previous auto, the proportions have somewhat long gone for a toss. The extended, high bonnet and chunky bumper make the auto seem more developed-up than prior to, but the nose sticks out quite a bit, resulting in a front overhang that’s a contact extreme.

This dwarfs the sensible sixteen-inch seeking alloys shod with 185/fifty five tyres which never quite fill out the wheel arches. The previously car’s shoulder line has been moved larger up and it runs the size of the auto, and this, alongside with the sharp crease across the base of the doors, gives a awesome tension to the system.

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The 9 LED array looks hanging.

 

The 3D-seeking tail-lights are also quite hanging and the blacked-out factors seem quite neat. What also stands out are the vertical reflector strips that sit within a sculpted housing in the rear bumper. On the total, however, this isn’t a auto that will flip heads quickly but it is neatly created and looks quite present-day.

What’s it like within?

Open up the doors and you’re greeted by a top quality-seeking, light brown and black inside. The plastics around the cabin also seem fantastic but they are a bit way too shiny we would have most well-liked duller, delicate-contact textures. This aside, there’s tiny else to complain about. Honda has been generous with the use of light brown leather it is really on the seats, door trims, dash panel and the centre console way too, and it truly does increase to the wealthy experience within. The dash and centre console trim are beautifully styled with neat stitching and the properly-sculpted seats seem quite inviting. They are comfortable with fantastic all-spherical bolstering, but if I had to nitpick, the decrease lumbar help is a bit extreme on the front and rear seats.

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Dashboard is properly laid out and looks awesome and top quality, but the plastics are a bit way too shiny would have most well-liked duller, delicate-contact textures.

 

Honda aced backseat comfort with the 4th-gen Metropolis, and has carried out it still once more with a rear bench which is the most generous in the class. The large and deep seat foundation, positioned at the ideal top, will continue to keep you comfortable for hours on the street. Like prior to, the tiny rise in the flooring powering the front seat, acts as a organic footrest which further more boosts comfort amounts. What’s awesome is that all 3 rear passengers get 3-point seat belts and correctly sized head restraints. Having said that, headroom at the back again was just about enough for my 5ft 8in body I had a 3-finger hole to the prime, which indicates taller individuals may possibly come across it restricted.

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Just like the rear, front seats are cozy but lumbar help is a bit excessive.

 

There’s a great deal of the regular storage areas around but what is truly intelligent are the types for telephones. Entrance passengers have two slots on possibly side of the parking brake lever, even though individuals at the rear have handy felt-lined pockets sewn into the front seatbacks. Boot place has long gone down by a little four litres and is now at 506 litres so it is nevertheless quite significant and useable.

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Comfortable seats and fantastic legroom, headroom is restricted for taller passengers.

 

The boot-opening mechanism uses torsion rods which act as elastic springs to raise the boot lid, but they aren’t strong enough so the lid does not pop open up on its possess and you have to raise it all the way to the prime.

How about equipment? 

Hondas are not normally what you’d phone properly-outfitted, this Metropolis, even so, is quite different. There’s a large amount of equipment like a sunroof, a lane watch digicam, a rear-watch digicam with normal, large and prime watch, a tyre pressure checking technique with deflation warning, front side and curtain airbags, and auto climate manage that thankfully will not get contact-operated buttons but neat knurled knobs that have a awesome click on to them this indicates you never have to consider your eyes off the street to use the controls. The steering wheel way too has controls like a roller swap that lets you accessibility several features of the instrument panel.

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Dials flip with a enjoyable click on.

 

The instrument panel by itself consists of an analogue speedometer needle that runs across a digital dial on the seven.-inch monitor. The tachometer is an all-digital display and the monitor can also display a G-drive meter, and other trip-similar data. The design of instrument panel display is quite simple but its clarity is brilliant and isn’t really distracting like in the Verna. The dazzling and sharp instrument cluster is very simple to go through, even so, the identical are unable to be mentioned of the 8.-inch touchscreen.

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Sunroof isn’t quite significant, can be opened and shut remotely.

 

Honda suggests it has applied an optical bonding software that cuts down reflection but the hassle is that this coating has seriously lessened the brightness of the monitor. Even on the brightest environment, the monitor is tricky to go through in immediate daylight, and it always looks smudgy like it could use a fantastic wipe down. The technique, of class, has all the regular connectivity bits like Android Car and Apple CarPlay.

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The monitor is dim and picks up smudges quickly.

 

Also on the fifth-gen Metropolis is a new variation of Honda’s connectivity tech that gets you all the normal bits like distant motor start, pre-cooling, but the occasion trick here is the Alexa voice assistant integration. So, from your home, you can basically check with Alexa to pre-neat the cabin or get you specifics of the gasoline stage in the auto or its recent posture. 

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A section-initially lane watch digicam is presented on the new Metropolis.

 

What’s it like to generate?

If there’s just one high point of a Honda, it is the motor and it is the identical here with the new DOHC 1.5-litre petrol which is a genuine delight. It’s not punchy like a turbo device but it is quite strong and tractable and operates properly at both of those ends of the rev vary. At low revs, it pulls cleanly even in larger gears, and it revs freely till the seven,000rpm redline. When compared to the more mature auto, equipment ratios are a bit taller here, allowing you hit larger speeds in every single equipment, but what is fantastic is that the motor is versatile enough to provide great efficiency all in the course of. This tractability lets you to generate ideal from 15kph all the way past 150kph in 3rd! This indicates you are going to have less gears shifts to contend with. Honda promises a gasoline performance of seventeen.8 for the manual and 18.4kpl for the auto, which is marginally larger than the previously car’s SOHC motor which sent seventeen.four and 18.0kpl, respectively.

 

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The new Metropolis gets a DOHC 1.5-litre petrol motor.

The new motor does get audible at around three,000rpm but it is not harsh just loud. It’s also rather potent way too the Metropolis hits 100kph from a standstill in 10.20sec, which is just .07sec off the previously car’s time, and only marginally powering Skoda’s turbocharged 1. TSI Quick time of 10.09sec.

Taller ratios also suggest in-equipment situations are slower. twenty-80kph in 3rd arrives up in thirteen.23sec, even though 40-100kph in 4th usually takes 18.23sec.The Quick 1. TSI clocks eleven.69 and fourteen.38 sec, respectively.

Coupled to the CVT, the Metropolis does -100kph in 12.05sec. Despite the fact that slower, it nevertheless will be appropriate for most, and you are going to also have the profit of an automatic kickdown for the duration of in-equipment acceleration which showed a time of six.58sec in twenty-80kph, and 8.52sec in the 40-100kph dash.

2020 Honda Metropolis efficiency figures (as tested)
Petrol MT Petrol CVT* Diesel MT*
-20kph 1.17sec 1.45sec 1.17sec
-40kph two.74sec three.39sec two.97sec
-60kph four.53sec 5.54sec 5.30sec
-80kph seven.22sec 8.38sec 8.64sec
-100kph 10.20sec 12.05sec 12.90sec
-120kph fourteen.98sec sixteen.69sec 18.26sec
-140kph twenty.71sec 24.30sec 27.05sec
twenty-80kph thirteen.23sec six.58sec** eleven.40sec
40-100kph 18.23sec 8.52sec** thirteen.89sec

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

What’s awesome is that the typical rubberband influence of the CVT is quite properly managed. For most each day driving circumstances, the rise in revs matches the rise in street velocity and it is really only when you mash down on the accelerator that you get the normally stretchy experience, with the revs climbing faster than the real street velocity. Additionally, of class, you can also use the paddles and have good manual manage around shifts with the ‘box allowing you redline the motor way too.

Honda suggests it has calibrated the manage unit’s software, and it uses what the business phone calls ‘full-open up acceleration phase-up shift control’ and ‘brake procedure phase-down shift manage. Pretty a mouthful, certainly, but what this does is, for the duration of acceleration, fairly than enable the CVT slide its way up, it performs stepped upshifts and tries to match the motor vehicle velocity with the motor velocity and audio. And less than hard braking, the CVT shifts to a lot decrease ratios therefore providing motor braking this is a little something we noticed set into influence when driving down a winding street.

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Engines are phenomenally tractable, in 3rd equipment the petrol can go all the way from 15kph to around 150kph!

 

If you’ve go through our past assessments of the Metropolis diesel, or even vehicles like the Amaze that use the identical 1.5 diesel, you are going to know we haven’t been supporters of the refinement amounts. Having said that, Honda has worked to enhance NVH amounts on the new Metropolis, utilising bits like added audio deadeners in the flooring, a thicker firewall, and by also spraying the motor bay with a specific audio-deadening coating. The outcome is an motor that’s significantly quieter and pleasantly refined. At low revs, this motor will not get obtrusive, and that bothersome, sharp diesel clatter that characterised the previous iterations is all but eradicated. Of course, the motor drones loudly at high revs, and, in complete conditions, isn’t really as quiet as Hyundai’s 1.5 diesel, which is nevertheless the benchmark for refinement.

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

The diesel also amazed us with its un-diesel-like energy supply. It’s rather tractable from low revs and turbo lag is quite minimum way too. Absolutely sure, at low revs, below 1,500rpm, the energy is muted, but you never truly struggle with a absence of reaction. And when you cross the 1,500rpm, it is really not a sudden spike but a quick phase up in pace, immediately after which energy builds quite evenly all the way to four,200rpm delicate rev limiter. The diesel posts a -100kph time of 12.9sec, even though twenty-80kph in 3rd and 40-100kph in 4th are a lot more quickly than the petrol, with eleven.four and thirteen.89sec, respectively. As with a lot of BS6 updates, gasoline performance has dropped, the new device returning 24.1kpl as against the previous twenty five.6kpl. Honda has applied a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC), therefore keeping away from the use of the AdBlue liquid that SCR programs have to have. The penalty for this, of class, is the slight drop in performance, which is owing to the additional gasoline getting applied for exhaust immediately after-treatment.

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Diesel motor refinement superior and the bothersome clatter is all but long gone nevertheless not section-major however.

What’s the ride and managing like? 

Many thanks to the stiffer system, Honda suggests it is really been capable to go softer with the suspension, and this has definitely served the ride. The Metropolis absorbs regardless of what the street throws at it and it soaks up potholes and ruts with no crashing by way of them. The ride is quite mature in experience, a lot like what you’d count on from European sedans. It’s also flat and composed at freeway speeds, but if you push on to larger 3-digit speeds, with the speedo needle sitting down in the final quadrant of the dial, the Metropolis, which has a reasonably high ground clearance, is not as planted as we would have favored. You have to have to have a company grip on the wheel as the nose tends to wander.

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The ride feels quite mature.

 

Dealing with, even so, is benign and quite predictable, which makes the Metropolis an simple auto to generate. The steering is properly weighted and the grip from the tyres is remarkably fantastic and could tempt you to have some exciting, in particular when you have a rev-happy, the natural way-aspirated motor that’s always all set to play ball. But, if you press way too hard, the delicate-suspension will give way to a truthful bit of system roll, which is more pronounced in the front.

Braking efficiency is fantastic, even so an previously bite point and a less spongy pedal experience would’ve served. All in all, this is a auto that will reward all but the keenest of motorists.

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Even with the slim tyres, cornering grip is fantastic but there is obvious system roll.

Ought to you acquire just one?

The new Metropolis may possibly not seem all that new and it does not deviate from the tried and tested method of its predecessors. The managing isn’t sporty possibly, and the chassis set up does not quite match the enthusiasm of the rev-happy petrol, and that may possibly disappoint keen motorists. But there’s tiny else to fault with Honda’s most current midsize sedan and it scores wherever it issues most. Space and overall comfort are the greatest in class, the practical cabin with loads of considerate touches looks quite top quality, and, for a improve, it is quite properly specced with some neat occasion tips like the Alexa integration. The two engines are strong and provide a reliable efficiency, and the ride is quite properly sorted way too.

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On the total, Honda has carried out a tremendous career with the new Metropolis, and it looks all set to leapfrog the competitiveness. A spoiler, even so, could be its value. For the initially time in its heritage, Honda India will have on sale two generations of the identical auto, and the recent design with a commencing value of Rs. 9.91 lakh, is now pricier than rivals. Therefore, Honda will have to posture and value the new design neatly to ensure it does not leap out of the section and contention.

Also see:

2020 Honda Metropolis online video review

2020 Skoda Quick 1. TSI review, test generate

2020 Hyundai Verna review, test generate

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