Which 2021 Honda City variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Feb 08, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

How do the City’s four variants differ from each other?

If you’re reading this article, it's safe to say that you might be looking into getting into the saddle of the Honda City sometime soon.

With the release of the all-new 2021 Honda City GN model, you should know that it is one of the better-equipped choices in the market today. Currently, the new City has four variants and each will have some differences.  

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So, to guide potential Honda City buyers here’s a short guide on what you get from each variant.  

Honda City Variants: Exterior 

For exterior amenities, the City S variants are the simplest. Providing forward illumination for this variant is a pair of projector halogen headlamps, and the rear gets LEDs. It also has halogen turn signals with side repeaters, and it rides on 15-inch alloy wheels.  

A picture of the Honda City RS on a city street

The top-of-the-line City RS has the most bells and whistles when it comes to exterior design

Then there’s the City V variant, which gets the same exterior equipment. It does have a larger set of 16-inch wheels though.

And finally, the top-spec Honda City RS stands out with its blacked-out trim pieces. Of note, the body-kits and the 16-inch wheels are specific to the RS trim. Apart from that, it also gets a rear spoiler, LED headlamps, and front fog lights which the entry-level S and mid-range V lacks.

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Honda City Variants: Interior 

Inside, all variants of the 2021 Honda City can comfortably fit up to five people. The top-spec RS however offers the most amenities. It has leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a dark-themed cabin.

In turn, the other variants have fabric seats and a urethane steering wheel. The RS Turbo and the mid-range V variant also comes with automatic air-conditioning with rear-vents.

For on-board entertainment, only the entry-level City S doesn’t have the eight-inch unit that’s available on the rest of the variant lineup. Instead, it gets a simpler 2-DIN head unit linked to a four-piece speaker system.

A picture of the Honda City's interior

With this update, the Honda City now comes with an up-market interior

On the City S CVT, V, and RS Turbo, the said headunit is capable of connecting via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth. It also has offline navigation and is also connected to four speakers.

For the driver, the midrange City V and top-spec RS Turbo are equipped with cruise control, and a push to start button. Both variants also come with power-folding side mirrors, as well as a reverse camera.

All variants of the all-new Honda City come standard with an analog gauge cluster, a digital trip computer, and a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel.

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Honda City Variants: Engine and Performance

All variants of the 2021 Honda City are propelled by a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At maximum, the said engine can produce up to 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels.

The City S CVT, City V, and City RS variants use a continuously variable transmission. Moreover, the RS trim gets paddle shifters for its manual mode. On the other hand, the entry-level City S MT uses a six-speed manual.

A picture of the Honda City's engine

The Honda City's 1.5-liter gasoline engine

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The Honda City S variants come standard with independent MacPherson struts for its front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension. The V and the RS instead get a multi-link type suspension for the rear.

All variants of the City use a manual hand-operated parking brake, as well as a front disc brake and a rear drum brake.

Honda City Variants: Safety 

To keep its occupants safe, the Honda City comes standard with antilock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, ISOFIX, stability control, traction control, speed-sensing door locks, and hill-start assist. For security, all variants are equipped with a security alarm and an engine immobilizer.

The top-spec RS, however, gets the most airbags numbering at six. In turn, the City S MT, City S AT, and City V AT variants only have four airbags.

Honda City Variants: Price  

Honda City Variants
City S 1.5 MT
Php 848,000
City S 1.5 CVT
Php 888,000
City V 1.5 CVT
Php 978,000
City RS 1.5 CVT
Php 1,058,000

Honda City Variants: Conclusion 

If you really want a sporty-looking subcompact sedan, then the City RS is for you. The same goes if you want maximum crashworthiness since the top-spec variant has the most airbags.

That said, it might lean towards the youthful side looks-wise, but without a doubt, it will make for a good family sedan. 

A picture of the Honda City RS and City V variants

The top-spec RS Variant (right), and the City V variant (left)

If you’re the type who wants a quieter-looking, but still feature-rich Honda City, then the City V might be your sweet spot. Like the RS, it has leather-wrapped seats, and it does come with the same suspension setup as the RS. There’s also the City S CVT which is even cheaper than the City V, although it only has fabric-covered seats.

As you might already know, leather can be easier to clean when it comes to beverage spills and food particles. As such, the City V and RS might be a better choice for families with active, small children.

For those who prefer to row through gears, then the only choice for you is the City S 1.5 MT. Do note though that if you care about ease of use especially when it comes to smartphone integration, then the entry-level City S MT lacks that. But then again, penny pinchers will love the City S MT since it’s the most affordable.

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A picture of the Honda Civic V variant

The City V is humbler-looking, but it still boasts a well-equipped interior

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Know more about Honda City 2021

Honda City

<p>The entry of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. to the subcompact sedan segment is the City. Now on its fifth-generation model, the new model comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the <a href="https://philkotse.com/toyota-vios-price-philippines" title="Toyota Vios Philkotse Car Guide">Toyota Vios</a> and <a href="https://philkotse.com/kia-soluto-price-philippines" title="Kia Soluto Philkotse Car Guide">Kia Soluto</a>.</p> <p>The exterior of the latest release&nbsp;looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant&nbsp;comes with full LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a more prominent fog light garnish, a glossy black mesh grille, and a sporty bumper. On the other hand, the non-RS City variants also come with a striking facia but it doesn&rsquo;t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps.</p> <p>Honda&nbsp;Philippines is offering the City on four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. The said power unit generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come&nbsp;with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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