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Executive touch given to Honda Ballade

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Executive touch given to Honda Ballade

As part of a slight mid-life revision, Honda has added a new trim level designation to its Ballade compact sedan range.

Slotting above the previous range topping Elegance, the new Executive remains mechanically unchanged but boasts a number of features not available previously. These include unique 16-inch alloy wheels, chromed door handles, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, full leather trim and mirror integrated indicators.

Standard spec includes a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs, leather covered multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, electric windows all around, reverse camera, auto lock/unlock doors, ABS with EBD, EBA and VSA, Hill Start Assist and six airbags.

Underneath the bonnet, power comes from a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 88 kW and 145 N.m of torque. Transmission options consist of a five-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. Top speed is rated at 190 km/h for both models with the CVT reaching 0-100 km/h in 11.1 secs and the manual in 9.5 secs. Honda claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.9 L/100 km for the manual and 5.8 L/100 km for the CVT.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and four year / 60 000 km service plan is standard across the range.

 

PRICING

MODELPRICE
1.5 TrendR208 900
1.5 Trend CVTR223 900
1.5 EleganceR237 100
1.5 Elegance CVTR252 100
1.5 ExecutiveR258 000
1.5 Executive CVTR273 000