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 Toyota Vios and Kia Soluto.
The exterior of the latest release looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant 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’t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps.
Honda 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 with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead.
Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) launched the fifth-generation City on October 22, 2020. It debuted alongside the facelifted Honda CR-V. The new version comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features which can help it further elevate its game against its competitors.
There are four variants offered by the Japanese carmaker for the subcompact sedan, namely the base S MT, S CVT, V CVT, and the top-of-the-line RS CVT. The top-ranging RS variant comes with exclusive and sportier body kits that enhance the overall look of the model. Regardless of the variant, Honda's B-segment sedan uses a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine which provides good fuel efficiency and the right amount of power in relation to its segment.
The changes on the exterior are noticeable. It seems like Japanese carmaker Honda wants to make the City look more like its bigger sibling, the Honda Civic. All of the variants of the subcompact sedan looks pretty much the same except for the top-spec RS variant thanks to the inclusion of variant-exclusive body kits such as the full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL), high gloss black front grille with sports bumpers, and RS design 16-inch alloy wheels.
The new Honda City RS
Meanwhile, non-RS variants get halogen projector and chrome front grille, 16-inch alloy wheels for the V variant and 15-inch for the S variants. As for the body color options, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is offering the following: Ignite Red Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Taffeta White. The color option availability varies depending on the variant.
Inside, the new Honda City has a dark cabin theme and it has a restyled dashboard layout. Honda redesigned the subcompact sedan's aircon vents as well as the climate control buttons. The base S variants utilize manual air conditioning controls, while the V and the top-of-the-line variants enjoy automatic air conditioning controls. Also, rear passengers get to benefit from rear ventilation available on the V and RS variants.
Interior view of the Honda City RS
All variants come with four bottle holders and two cup holders (four for the RS variants). Other standard interior features in the new model include one push start system, day and night rear view mirror, map, dome, and trunk lights, adjustable headrests, height adjuster for the driver seat, and seatback pocket on the front passenger seat.
Technology & Safety Features
The S CVT, V, and RS variants are installed with an 8-inch infotainment screen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Weblink, Bluetooth connectivity, and two USB ports. On the other side, the base S MT variant gets 2DIN Audio for cost-cutting measures. Only the top-of-the-line RS variant is equipped with eight speakers, while the rest of the variants are equipped with four.
It is installed with a good amount of features for its price
In terms of safety, the fifth-generation model is packed with standard safety features that will make drivers feel safer on the go. These standard safety features include airbags for the driver, front passenger, and side (side curtain airbags is included with the RS variant), vehicle stability assist (VSA) with agile handling assist, hill start assist (HSA), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency stop signal (EES), ISOFIX tethers, and immobilizer. Meanwhile, the V and RS variants benefit from a multi-view rear camera for backing up safely.
Platform & Chassis
The new Honda City comes with a measurement that spans 4,553 mm in length, 1,748 mm in width, and 1,467 mm in height, with a ground clearance of 134 mm. Furthermore, the new fifth-generation model is installed with a MacPherson Strut suspension up front and a Torsion Beam setup at the rear. Braking power is provided by ventilated discs on the front and drum brakes at the rear.
The subcompact sedan offers a 519 mm trunk space
Engine & Drivetrain
All variants of the Honda City come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine which can generate 119 hp at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that has a six-speed manual gearbox. Paddle shifters are also integrated for the top-ranging RS variant for a more spirited driving experience.
The Honda B-segment is a strong competitor in its respective segment