2021 Honda City Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Jan 15, 2021 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

The City just got sleeker than ever.

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has officially launched the 2021 City alongside the facelifted CR-V. The debut of HCPI’s new subcompact sedan marks the first major update for the Philippine-spec City since 2017. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the updated features that the Honda City 2021 models can offer.

One of the biggest additions we got for the 2021 Honda City is the new variant called the RS version. This is a new variant for the model but not entirely for the local lineup. The RS variant will provide sportier design features such as RS headlights, badge, wheels, front grille, and more.

Other variants of the new model include 1.5 V CVT, 1.5 S CVT, and 1.5 S MT. The E, VX, and VX+ variants of the outgoing model are discontinued.

2021 Honda City Old vs New: Exterior

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Old vs new (front): 2021 Honda City

Looking at the front, the brand logo is smaller. It now only overlaps at the bottom part of the horizontal slat on the front grille. In comparison, the previous model overlaps both the top and bottom ends. The headlights with daytime running lights are also redesigned and it now looks sleeker and modern. Of note, only the top-spec RS variant uses full LED headlights.

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Old vs new (side): 2021 Honda City

As for the rear end, the LED taillights have been redesigned and a rear vent has been added on both sides of the rear bumper. The body lines on the sides now connect the front and rear lights providing a cleaner look.

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2021 Honda City Old vs New: Interior

Old Honda City interiorNew 2021 Honda City interior

Old vs new (interior): 2021 Honda City

Inside, the new Honda City features an 8-inch touchscreen that will now support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto except for the S MT variant. The infotainment of the outgoing City has is a 7-inch touchscreen that supports Bluetooth, HDMI, and USB-in connections only.

The layout of the dashboard has been redesigned highlighted by the new 8-inch touchscreen. The aircon vents have also been restyled and moved to the side of the infotainment screen, while the climate controls now use dial tone knobs. 

The seats for the top-spec City is made from leather and suede, while the rest of the variants are made from fabric. Just like the outgoing model, the Honda City still sports a black interior with ivory trims for the V CVT variant and red trims for the RS variant.

2021 Honda City Old vs New: Engine

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Old vs new (rear): 2021 Honda City

Under the hood, the 2021 Honda City uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine for all variants that make 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque coupled to either a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Honda City currently rivals against the likes of the Toyota Vios, Mirage G4, Hyundai Reina, Kia Soluto, and Suzuki Dzire in the subcompact sedan segment. With the significant updates the 2021 City offers, we can expect it to stand out even more in its segment.

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<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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Rex Sanchez

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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