The company released the next generation of Honda Life in 2003. This model includes the features of three classes of cars at the same time: a small car, a minivan and a high station wagon (Tall Wagon), which is why it has achieved great popularity. A feature of the new Life is the appearance, very different from its predecessors. And the interior design, which meets the latest fashion, corresponds to a high class. In addition to the basic models with a 52-horsepower naturally aspirated engine, there are modifications on which a 64 hp turbo-charged engine was installed. - Now the manufacturer offers them in one line (formerly Life and Life Dunk). The drive of the car is front-wheel or all-wheel drive 4WD Real Time. The gearbox is automatic only.
The uniqueness of the appearance of the new Life is created by the wheels spaced at the corners of the body, the original design of the front of the car with expressive optics and cutouts in the bumper, unusual side windows that create a sense of movement, and a special design of the rear of the car. The carefully crafted design of small details clearly matches the external style. An example is the round shape of the side mirrors (“ears”), due to which the aerodynamic performance of the car as a whole is improved, as well as the design of the door handles, which can be tackled either from above or below, or to the right or left. There are 3 options for equipping the front seats. Seats of "bench" or "sofa" (ie inseparable) type with an armrest are offered in a complete set "D". The second option ("F") involves separate seats, and the passenger seat can be folded vertically and shifted forward. And finally, the third option is the usual separate seats (“C”). In the “D” package, Life is equipped with a body kit and front / rear spoilers, 13-inch alloy wheels. Small changes in 2005 were added to the F Style and Happy Edition trim levels, as well as the Diva version, which is painted in a new exclusive color, has 14-inch wheels and other features.
Honda Life is equipped with a new i-DSI engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The basic version of the 3-cylinder SOHC unit produces 52 horsepower (at 6,700 rpm) and 61 Nm of torque (at 3,800 rpm). Its turbocharged version is 64 hp. (at 6000 rpm) and 93 Nm (at 4000 rpm). Fuel consumption, depending on the modification, is from 5 to 6.1 liters of gasoline per 100 km. The new P07A unit has become the successor to the E-series engines and also has a high operating speed range, its feature is two spark plugs per cylinder with individual coils (i-DSI “intelligent dual and sequential ignition - better cold start, economy and torque), an aluminum block, a plastic inlet and the absence of a separate exhaust manifold - gases are supplied directly to the three-way catalytic converter. The fourth-generation Honda Life chassis design repeats its predecessor - MacPherson strut front, semi-independent or dependent (De Dion) rear-wheel drive for four-wheel drive cars, electric power steering and combined brakes (disc front, rear drum). Life has increased its wheelbase - from 2360 to 2420 mm. The turning radius is 4.5-4.7 m. The length and width of the machine remained the same - 3395 mm and 1475 mm, respectively. The height of the body is 1575-1595 mm versus 1605-1610 mm for the predecessor. But the length of the cabin has increased quite significantly - from 1660 to 1805 mm. The car is still four-seater, but the convenience of transporting people and things has become even more convenient. Of particular interest is the equipment with vertical folding of the front passenger seat - in this case, things can be put on the floor in the cabin (next to the driver or behind), or the rear left passenger can sit comfortably with his legs fully extended. The rear seats fold down, giving more room for luggage. There are many convenient compartments for things, pockets and hooks, cup holders.
Regardless of the configuration, all Honda Life are equipped with two airbags, a set of ABS + EBD (electronic brake force distribution system) and Brake Assist (brake assist system). According to the manufacturer, the new body has a higher degree of security. Even in a head-on collision with a car weighing up to 2 tons, improved absorption of collision energy is ensured, the volume of shock absorption by the cab is reduced, and the offensive ability with respect to the opposite vehicle is reduced. In 2005, Life was retrofitted with side turn signals and headlights with a leveling mechanism.
Honda Life remains a great car for the city and is a competitor to the Suzuki Wagon R, Daihatsu Move and Mitsubishi eK-Wagon. According to the owners, the car is very good for novice drivers, and not only that. Its advantages are excellent visibility and maneuverability, efficiency. At the same time, it is practical and roomy enough for its size model. Cons - stiffer suspension, weak engine (if not turbo). In Japan, the car for some time even led in the ranking of popularity of used cars. In Russia, it is not widespread, which creates problems with the search for spare parts.