Sib Duel: 2020 Honda City vs Honda Civic Specs Comparison

Updated Oct 07, 2020
  • Table of contents
  • 1. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Comparison
  • 2. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Exterior
  • 3. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Interior
  • 4. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Engine and Performance
  • 5. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Safety
  • 6. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Variants
  • 7. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Conclusion
Do you prefer the sporty sedan over the urban jungle warrior?

1. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Comparison

If you’re the observant car enthusiast, then you’ll have noticed that the current Honda City is more like the Honda Civic in the 1990s due to its compact size and relatively more affordable price tag. In comparison, the Civic has not only grown in size, but it also has more features and is pricier. 

However, the entry-level Civic S’s price tag is only Php 45,000 more than the top-of-the-line City VX+.

Both also fall into the same compact car class, and both have the same four-door sedan body configuration for the Philippine market. So, Honda City vs Honda Civic, which is better on paper? Let’s find out.

A picture of the City head to head with the Civic.

Which Honda sedan is better specs wise?

2. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Exterior

Regardless of the trim level, the Civic is the larger car. It measures 4,633 mm long, and 1,799 mm wide. Its wheelbase is also longer at 2,700 mm.

Due to its design as a sporty vehicle though, the Civic is shorter at 1,416 mm. It also has less ground clearance at 133 mm.

Honda CityHonda Civic

Do you prefer the smaller Honda City (left), or the larger Civic(right)?

Meanwhile, the Honda City measures 4,440 mm long, and 1,696 mm wide. On the other hand, the City is taller at 1,477 mm and it has more ground clearance at 150 mm.

Being a top variant, the City VX+ has better exterior features. It’s equipped with LED headlamps. Both models, however, do have side repeaters, front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, and halogen taillights.

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3. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Interior

Moving on to the interior, both the City VX+ and the Civic S can comfortably accommodate five occupants. Both also have cruise control, a push start button, and automatic climate control.

Even their infotainment touchscreen units are the same size at seven-inches, and both can connect via Bluetooth or USB.

A picture of the interior of the Civic.

The Civic's interior features a well-arranged dashboard and ample space for all occupants

As to what’s different, the VX+ might have less elbow room due to its narrower width. Its leather seats however are more premium than the fabric seats on the Civic S.

On top of that, the City’s infotainment is also capable of connecting via HDMI whereas the one on the Honda Civic cannot. The top-of-the-line City’s touchscreen also has offline navigation, while the Civic S lacks that feature.

A picture of the interior of the Honda City.

The interior of the City is a bit smaller, but it shares several styling cues with the Civic

4. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Engine and Performance

When comparing engines, the 1.8-liter four-banger powering the Civic S is more powerful. It can churn out a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. In comparison, the City’s 1.5-liter inline-4 can produce up to 118 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Note however that the City is much lighter with a curb weight of 1,091 kg, while the Civic is a fair bit heavier at 1,223 kg.

Both cars are front-wheel-drive, and both use a continuously variable transmission with a manual mode. However, the Civic comes with paddle shifters.

For suspensions, both of these cars use a MacPherson strut for the front end and a multi-link type for the rear. The Civic S however does have better braking due to having disc brakes all around. In comparison, the City VX+ has a front disc brake and a rear drum type brake.

The larger Honda sedan also comes with an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, whereas the City VX+ has a simpler mechanical hand-operated parking brake.

Specs
Honda City VX+
Honda Civic S
Engine
L15Z1 Inline-4 i-VTEC SOHC  gasoline
R18Z1 Inline-4 i-VTEC SOHC  gasoline
Displacement
1.5-liters
1.8-liters
Horsepower
118
139
Torque
145
174
Fuel Capacity
40-liters
47-liters
Transmission
CVT
CVT

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5. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Safety

Safety-wise, the City VX+ is undoubtedly the better-equipped car. It has more airbags numbering at four. That includes dual front airbags plus side airbags.

In comparison, the Civic S only has dual front airbags. Both cars however do come with hill-start assist, anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, speed-sensing door locks, a car alarm with immobilizer, ISOFIX, a reverse camera, and stability control.

6. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Variants

Honda Civic variants
Price
Civic S 1.8 CVT
Php 1,115,000
Civic E 1.8 CVT
Php 1,185,000
Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT
Php 1,608,000
 
Honda City variants
Price
City S 1.5 CVT
Php 820,000
City E 1.5 MT
Php 828,000
City E 1.5 CVT
Php 876,000
City VX Navi 1.5 CVT
Php 985,000
City VX+Navi 1.5 CVT
Php 1,068,000

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7. 2020 Honda City VX+ vs Honda Civic S: Conclusion

If you care more about performance, then the Civic S might be more to your liking. Despite being Php 45,000 more expensive, its engine makes 21 horsepower more than the City VX+.

On top of that, it might also provide more in the way of legroom and elbow room due to its larger size. 

Honda CityHonda Civic

The Honda Civic (right) definitely has a sportier stance than the Honda City (left).

The City VX+, on the other hand, is more compact, comes with more airbags, and has a navigation feature. Also, its 150 mm ground clearance might mean that the smaller sedan is better at dealing with nasty potholes and poorly maintained city roads.

After all, the City is meant to be a daily car for the urban jungle. And lastly, the Honda City also has a larger trunk capacity at 536 liters. The Civic has 11 liters less at 525 liters. 

For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

 

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps. 

 

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