The problem all vehicle enthusiasts have is to choose one from all the vehicles they love. Well, ultimately it comes to the specs of the models and our budgets. In a previous post, the ikman Blog brought to you the top 5 Toyota models in Sri Lanka. This post will give you an idea as to the most popular Honda models in Sri Lanka.
Since 1963, Honda has been offering various automobile models and technologies to the customers worldwide. Honda has sold over 100,000,000 units so far. They are now producing automobiles in 18 countries.
While Honda has been exporting its vehicles to Sri Lanka for years now, there are some Honda cars for sale that are ever popular in our country. Ikman identified the 5 most popular models and here they are!
The Honda Vezel is a 5-door 5-seat subcompact crossover SUV. It combines the qualities, elegance, and functionalities of an SUV, coupe, and minivan with great fuel economy. Honda introduced it to the Japanese market in late 2013. The Vezel came to Sri Lanka with the revived name Honda HR-V. However, the imported versions retain the name Vezel.
The Vezel is available in two powertrains
- a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle
- a hybrid electric vehicle
The conventional Vezel comes with a 1.5-liter L15 direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC inline-four engine coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It produces 80 kW (110 HP) at 5800 RPM. It is also available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions.
The Vezel hybrid version comes with Honda’s next-generation sport hybrid i-DCD (Dual Clutch Drive) system that combines a 97 kW (130 hp), 156 N⋅m (115 lb⋅ft) inline 1.5-liter L15 direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine. It has a 22 kW (30 hp), 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft) electric motor that is as equal as the power realized by a 2.0 litre engine. So, this gives an amazing driving feel.
The hybrid version
27.0 km/l (76.3 mpg‑imp; 63.5 mpg‑US) (3.7 L/100 km) in the Japanese JC08 cycle
The gasoline version
20.6 km/l (58.2 mpg‑imp; 48.5 mpg‑US) (4.9 L/100 km) in the JC08 cycle.
The lower body has an SUV feel and the upper body has a coupe feel. Therefore, this gives it a distinct and sharp character. At the front, there are two LED lights on both sides. There is also an LED light guiding stripe on the rear lights.
It has a personal feel. In fact, the use of LED lights for room-lamps and front-map-lamps enhances this personal feel.
Moreover, Honda’s “Expansible Cockpit” concept makes it spacious. Certainly, the use of soft materials on most parts that passengers touch is much thoughtful.
The vehicle features a high-quality, smooth, and advanced instrument panel. This is placed high enough so that the front seat occupants have enough personal space. More features on this center console include flexible drink holders with a depth adjustable bottom. At the rear, there is ample leg-room. In addition, it has the seats optimized in a way that the occupants are secure and comfortable even on long journeys.
The Vezel comes with a fully automatic air conditioning unit. As a result, the simple design allows wide flow air-conditioning vent on the front passenger side.
Honda released the facelifted model on 15 February 2018.
- revised chrome bar grille
- LED headlamps
- thin chrome garnish strip on the rear trunk
- updated front bumper
- reshaped front seats
- updated connectivity functions with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- re-tuned hybrid powertrain
- redesigned brake pedal mechanism for better brake feel
- quieter inside, thanks to improved insulation and a quieter fuel pump
The 2013 to 2018 models Honda Vezel prices in Sri Lanka ranges from 4,625,000 LKR to 9,000,000 LKR.
The Honda Fit is a five-door B-segment supermini or subcompact car in the market since 2001.
In fact, the Fit is popular for its one-box or monospace design, forward-located fuel tank, re-configurable interior, and cargo volume competitive to larger vehicles.
The Fit comes in two versions.
- The hybrid petroleum-electric versions
- The Fit EV, a limited production all-electric version
The Fit Hybrid
It uses an Earth Dreams 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine. It is paired with a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) and an internal high-output motor, IPU (Intelligent Power Unit) with lithium-ion battery, electric servo braking system with variable servo ratio control. The hybrid can run fully on electric while driving. Japanese cycle fuel consumption goes as low as 37 km/L for the facelift base model. Cargo capacity is 470 liters.
They include the 13G (Earth Dreams 1.3-liter Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine and CVT transmission), 15X (Earth Dreams 1.5-liter direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine), RS (Earth Dreams 1.5-liter direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine). The RS variant, like the outgoing model, features cosmetic enhancements featuring a sporty all round bodykit, 16 inch wheels, red interior stitching and sports pedals.
27% of its bodywork is ultra-high strength 780 MPa steel. Moreover, the body panels come welded and bolted to the frame in a hybrid monocoque and space frame fusion. The rear torsion beam suspension is more compact. It no longer uses an anti-sway bar to maximize interior and cargo space.
The Honda Fit offers roomy seating, along with a relatively spacious cargo area. Moreover, it features a Magic Seat that folds up or down to accommodate awkward-sized cargo. On the other hand, quality cabin materials and user-friendly infotainment system are other features in this model.
Honda Sensing suite with active safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist.
- Slow acceleration
- Wind and engine noise infiltrate the cabin when driving on the highway
The Fit received a facelift in 2017. It features new bumpers for the 1.3L and 1.5L. In addition, LED headlights and daytime running lights incorporated into headlights.
The 2013 to 2018 models Honda Fit price in Sri Lanka ranges from 2,750,000 LKR to 4,100,000 LKR.
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV. Honda has been making this model since 1995. In fact, this model uses the Honda Civic platform with an SUV body design. As Honda says, “CR-V” stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle”.
This model is available in a number of variants and body types which are powered by ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). The estimated fuel consumption starts from 7.6L/100km for SUV /ULP.
The 2018 SUV model promises 7.6L/100km ULP fuel consumption with a 2.0L engine with CVT auto transmission. It is the same with the 2017 model except for the transmission type which is 6 SP Manual and the fuel consumption at 7.8L/100km. The 2016 model comes with a 1.6L engine with 5.9L/100km that uses diesel. Its transmission type is 9 SP Auto.
- Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles
- Body Coloured Exterior Mirrors
- 18 Inch Alloy Wheels
- Chrome Front Grille
- Headlights – Coming/Leaving Home Function
This is one of its biggest selling points.
You can choose between the five and seven seat models. Mind you, both make very good use of the space on offer.
The rear doors open almost 90 degrees. This allows really easy second and third-row access as well as the openings for all the doors.
However, the 7.0-inch media screen is falling well behind in terms of size. However, all models have smartphone mirroring technology now.
The multi function steering wheel is also adjustable (tilt & telescopic).
Above all, the chrome highlights and the illuminated glove box compartment add to the beautiful interior, too.
- Dual Front Airbag Package
- Anti-Lock Braking
- Emergency Stop Signal
- Head Airbags
- Brake Assist
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Side Front Air Bags
- Seatbelts – Reminder for All Seats
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Parking Distance Control Front and Rear
- Power Mirrors with Folding and Indicators
- Reversing Camera
- Rear View Mirror Day/Night
- Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
- Rear Window Demister
The 2013 to 2018 models Honda CR-V price in Sri Lanka ranges from 7,200,000 LKR to 16,790,000 LKR.
The Honda Grace belongs to the subcompact / supermini class. It represents the “B (small cars, city cars)” market segment. Between 2014 and 2020, the car came with 4-door sedan body shapes. The construction of this model is based on HONDA CITY 6th generation. Above all, all models of the car including 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 have a huge demand in the vehicle market.
The Honda Grace is easy to handle and comes with excellent fuel consumption. Its spacious interior, high visibility, stately styling as well as lively driving experience of an upper middle class vehicle make this model popular.
It comes with a 1496cc 4-cylinder in-line DOHC i-VTEC engine. The engine power is 130 hp L15B (97 kW) at 6600 rev / min, highest torque – 155 Nm at 4600 rev / min. Drive is both front and full. In fact, according to Honda, its fuel consumption is 4.6 L / 100 km for the front-drive version and 5.2 L / 100 km for the four-wheel drive in the JC08 test cycle. In addition, it is paired with a CVT. The hybrid version of the compact sedan is available with front- or all-wheel drive.it is also powered by SPORT HYBRID i-DCD with dual clutch drive.
The interior of Honda Grace comes in great quality. For instance, the seats are comfortable enough to sit for short trips. Moreover, they also have a very soft touch and durable upholstery. However, in terms of cabins and boot space, one could wish for more space.
This model features aesthetically appealing contenders. There are two color displays flanking the center speedometer. There is also a small gear-lever. The extremely responsive and adjustable leather steering wheel also comes in as standard.
- Six airbags (front and rear)
- Automatic braking system
From the blue tinged chrome trim on the grille to LED lights, a small bottled spoiler, in addition to the 15-inch steel wheel with hubcaps, everything comes in as standard.
The 2013 to 2018 models Honda Grace price in Sri Lanka ranges from 4,690,000 LKR to 8,400,000 LKR.
Whether you are looking for technology, comfort or experiences on road, everything is refined to the utmost level in the Honda Civic model. In fact, you can experience a classy feeling when you sit inside because the properly placed features work together to provide a hard to replicate look and feel.
The Power steering has a refined level of maneuvering advantage. In fact, it requires less force. In the 2013 model, it is even more advanced as the steering wheel has multiple buttons. The option was there before as well, but the intelligent Multi Information Display (iMID) gives further personalization with a taste of technology.
The Honda Civic is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP, PULP and Hyb/ULP fuel type(s).
The 2018 hatchback version comes in two fuel types: ULP and PULP. The ULP version has a 1.8L engine with an 6.4L/100km fuel consumption and CVT auto transmission. The PULP version has a 2.0L engine with an 8.8L/100km fuel consumption and 6 SP manual transmission. The 2018 Sedan version has the same specs as its hatchback ULP version. Two out of three versions of the 2017 model are similar to the 2018 hatchback ULP and sedan versions. The third version comes as a hatchback model featuring a 1.8L engine with 6.4L/100km PULP fuel consumption and6 SP manual transmission.
The fuel efficiency is also optimized with ECON button push in the vehicle.
The Honda Civic is available with five seats as both a hatch and sedan. In fact, these include 60:40 folding rear seats. Black fabric seat trim is available on the VTi variant. The VTi-S and VTi-L variants both come with Black fabric seat trim, with chequered accent stitching. In addition, the RS variant is available with Black leather-appointed seat trim with red accent stitching. The VTi-LX variant comes with Black leather-appointed seat trim with chequered accent stitching. While there’s some nice soft trim, there’s also plenty of hard stuff, and the leather isn’t of the highest quality.
However, the Honda Civic’s interior isn’t as daring as its exterior. The layered dashboard has a heavy slant, while a large multi-function display bisects the instrument cluster. However, on this, not only can you load photos, but also drive related information, songs, text messages and much more.
Most significantly, the environment inside is safe and comfortable with an Eco Assist system. For instance, this system gives continuous feedback for driving efficiency.
Although the Honda Civic price is comparably low, the safety it provides during travel is of greater quality. Honda focuses more on the front part that is more prone to crash. So, they have installed a separate part. As a result, this reduces the force on the passenger compartment in a collision.
Moreover, the Anti-lock Braking System uses a special modulator. In fact, this helps the driver have grip on the steering wheel when the brake is pushed hard. In addition, the Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) balances the braking force. At the same time, dual stage multiple threshold front airbags work on inflating at different rates. This is according to the severity of the crash.
The 2016 to 2017 models Honda Civic price in Sri Lanka ranges from 7,200,000 LKR to 7,950,000 LKR.
The Honda models Vezel, CR-V, Fit, Grace, and Civic are without a doubt the models with the highest demand in the Sri Lankan vehicle market. ikman, being Sri Lanka’s largest online marketplace, identified these to be the top brands in Sri Lanka, using the search volumes and popularity of inventory on ikman.
All in all, in choosing the model that suits you the best among these five, take into consideration your preference between a new and used car, your financial capabilities, your location (where you will drive the vehicle), fuel consumption levels to suit the level of traffic you drive in, transmission options, seating arrangements to fit your family members, your safety concerns, storage requirements, eco-friendly options etc. The rest of the accessories will come next in the list, such as multimedia, interior architecture, exterior lighting arrangements, body colours, to name a few.
So, make a list of your preferences to help yourself zero in on the perfect model. Then, head to ikman cars to find your dream car at the best price, and you are good to go! Happy car hunting!