In October 2006, Honda Life underwent a so-called small modernization - the company began selling an updated version of its main small car in the Japanese domestic market. According to Honda designers, "the exterior of the car has been updated" in a circle "." The style of the radiator grille has changed, and the headlight unit has been widened, the bends of the front and rear bumpers have become more distinct, the latter also received parking radars. You may notice that the door handles were given a rounded shape, and the rear combination lights changed the color scheme. Four modifications are still available: atmospheric (52 hp) or turbo engine (64 hp), front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
According to the developers, the new car is in demand among 30-40-year-old men and women, that is, well-established people, which is probably why the company considered that the interior of the updated car can be left with minimal changes. But at the same time, while working on publications, various special versions of the car were proposed, in which it is equipped with a fully automated air conditioning with an air filter, a tinted top of the windshield and locks that work without using a key. Toward the end of the release (December 2007), Fine Special models were released, with a CD player as standard, and Comfort Special with an AUX connector, anti-allergenic deodorizing filter, electrically folding mirrors, etc. Due to the fact that ABS with EBD and a brake assist system for these trim levels were offered as an option, the price was reduced.
After the upgrade, Honda Life is equipped with the same i-DSI engine and 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 liters. with. (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 has MacPherson strut front suspension, semi-dependent on the front-wheel drive and dependent (De Dion) on all-wheel-drive vehicles, an electric power steering and combined brakes (disc front, rear drum) are installed. Wheelbase 2420 mm. The turning radius is 4.5-4.7 m. After the upgrade, the dimensions of the machine have not changed: length and width - 3395 mm and 1475 mm, height 1575-1595 mm. Interior dimensions - 1805 x 1275 x 1285 (L x W x H). According to these indicators (at least in length), Life approached more “adult” cars, making it very convenient in transporting people and things. 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.
Honda Life 2006-2008 are equipped with two front airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as ABS + EBD (electronic brake force distribution system) and Brake Assist (brake assist system), but some publications have deprived of this set to reduce the cost active systems. In some trim levels, the Honda Smart Parking Assist parking assistance system was installed.
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.