Brand-new Honda Ballade launched

Eighth generation Honda Ballade arrives in South Africa

Reuben Van Niekerk
Honda
Ballade
Sedan

40 years since the first model was launched, the Honda Ballade remains one of South Africa’s most recognisable brand names and has played a significant role in cultivating the growth of the Honda brand in South Africa.

 

The all-new Ballade raises the bar, with strikingly sporty and sophisticated exterior design, exceptional interior space and an extensive list of high-tech features, this new Ballade represents many generations of Honda innovation at its best.

 

Exterior design

Striking styling reflects a revolutionary silhouette for a sedan of its kind, creating an overall sleek and sporty appearance thanks to a clean and sculpted body shape emphasised by a lower and wider stance, along with a longer bonnet and short front overhang. Signature design cues are evident throughout, including a solid wing face that spans the entire front width of the car, while incorporating the brands bold grille design and new slim headlight treatment.

 

Comfort and Elegance models are equipped with projector-type halogen lights, while the range topping RS is fitted with LED headlights and fog lights. All models come standard with LED daytime running lights and distinctive LED taillights that wrap around the side of the body.

 

Comfort and Elegance models are equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, while the RS model gains 16-inch alloys. The flagship RS model is further differentiated through the addition of exclusive RS design elements including front and rear sport bumpers, a rear trunk spoiler, a mesh-type grille and unique fog light housing.

 

Interior comfort and convenience

The interior depicts a modern driver-orientated design, which achieves the perfect culmination of functionality, ease of use and high quality materials. Driving comfort has been bolstered thanks to new seat designs featuring high quality fabric upholstery on Comfort and Elegance models, while the range topping RS interior is finished with leather upholstery.

 

A high-resolution eight-inch touchscreen has been neatly integrated into the instrument panel on Elegance and RS models and grants the user full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

 

The flagship RS model gains a host of additional features and technology such as smart entry with walk away auto locking, a rear-view parking camera, electric sunroof and seven-inch TFT multi-information display replacing the traditional analogue instrument cluster.

 

Under the bonnet

Under the bonnet of the latest Ballade is a 1.5 litre engine, now in DOHC configuration along with i-VTEC technology. The new powertrain achieves improved efficiency and reduced emissions while generating a slightly higher power output of 89kW at 6 600rpm and 145Nm at 4 500rpm. Honda claim that with this engine the Ballade will use just 5,5 litres per 100km.

 

Gearbox duties are handled by Honda’s revised Continuously Variable Transmission, which now features ‘G-Design’ shift control, which creates the sense of driving a traditional automatic transmission through the integration of artificial gears during acceleration, but with the enhanced efficiency of a CVT.

 

Keeping safe

Active safety features include ABS with EBD and Vehicle Stability Assist. Rear parking sensors are standard on all but the base Comfort model, while the RS gains a reverse camera.

 

Passive safety is taken care of by driver, front passenger, side and curtain SRS across the range. All models are also fitted with seatbelt pretensioners and Is fix child seat anchors.

 

Pricing

Honda Ballade 1.5 Comfort CVT                              R336 500

Honda Ballade 1.5 Elegance CVT                             R366 900

Honda Ballade 1.5 RS CVT                                      R396 900