The all-new Honda Ballade has been launched in South Africa. The compact sedan received a number of upgrades and hopes to continue Honda’s reputation for reliable and affordable motoring. Although it has gained some extra inches; it’s largely similar to the dimensions of its predecessor.
The body has been incorporated with stylish lines which make it a little classier. The interior has grown, too. There is more space for all passengers and their luggage. There are three power points positioned around the car so that they can be reached from all seats. The engine is the same as the outgoing model. It has a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit which is capable of 88 kW and 145 Nm.
It also gains Honda’s latest-generation Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) with seven ‘virtual’ gears. The Ballade’s manual-transmission model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 185 km/h. The claimed combined fuel consumption figure is 5.9 l/100km. The automatic’s acceleration time from 0-100 km/h is 11,1 seconds and it hits a top speed of to 190 km/h. The claimed combined fuel consumption figure is 5.8l/100km.
The Ballade comes standard with a number of safety features which include six airbags, segment-first Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Hill Start Assist. There is also a multi-angle rear-view camera. The Ballade will also come with a number of technological features including a navigational system, Bluetooth and USB capabilities.
The 1.5 Trend model is priced at R195 900, the Trend CVT R210 500. The Ballade 1.5 Elegance will retail at R220 900 and the Elegance CVT will go for R235 590. Pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a four-year/60 000 km service plan, and one-year roadside assistance.