Since its introduction in 2001, the Honda Fit has been one of the most popular subcompact hatchbacks around. The Fit is noted for its re-configurable interior with a cargo volume that rivals that of much larger cars as well as excellent fuel economy and good handling characteristics.
The third generation Honda Fit, launched in 2013, retained the overall design concept of its predecessor, notably the centrally located fuel tank and multi-configuration interior concept (marketed by Honda as “Magic Seating”). Its body panels are both welded and bolted to the frame in a hybrid monocoque and spaceframe fusion and the rear torsion beam suspension was made more compact to optimise interior space.
In mid-2017, the facelifted Honda Fit was launched with new bumpers and optional LED headlights and daytime running lights which were integrated into the headlights.
The Honda Fit 1.3G F-Package Sensing sports a 1.3-litre DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine which produces 97 bhp and 119 Nm. Connected to a CVT that sends the torque to the front wheels, the hatchback offers peppy performance and outstanding fuel efficiency – 4 litres per 100 km or 25 km per litre.
Among the many standard equipment highlights are IR and UV protected front glass all round, LED rear combination taillights and stop lights, LED door mirror direction indicators, ECO Assist (ECON mode and coaching function), Hill Start Assist Function, idling stop system, 6:4 split rear seat with tip up and dive down (rear seat reclining function), luggage room light and Honda Smart Key System.
One key feature is the Honda Sensing suite of intelligent safety and driver-assistive technologies – Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System.