Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 Review: Specs, Exterior, Interior, Features, Performance & Price in the Philippines

Aug 20, 2018
Let's find out together all about the 1.5 VX Navi variant of the Honda City 2018 Philippines in our full-scale review on Philkotse.com.

Although the Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 is not the top-of-the-line model, it is still alluring, in truth. That is why instead of giving an overall Honda City 2018 Philippines Review, we would love to have a more insight into this specific variant.

Born in 1981 but not until 2014 did the Honda City make its official debut in the Philippines. At launch, this compact sedan was only available in three variants: the 1.5 E, 1.5 VX and VX+. In early 2015, with the added navigation system, the 1.5 E + Navi and 1.5 E CVT + Navi joined the lineup.

From then on, the City has become one of the best-selling subcompacts nationwide. Back in May, Honda continues bringing a facelift version of the City to Pinoys drivers with a huge of revised updates, burning its long-standing ambition of re-affirming the City’s flagship title in sedan class.

angular front of the Honda City 2018

The Honda City has become one of the best-selling subcompacts nationwide

Modern look, commodious cabin, upscale features and good engine are outstanding things that make the Honda City a stellar in B-segment. Its name alone shows all of its purposes. But, is the City merely a city car? Let Philkotse.com help you to write down the story about this favorite car, more specifically, the story about the mid-spec Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018.

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Now, let’s commence the Honda City Philippines review together.

1. Honda City 2018 Exterior

To be honest, the new Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 appears to maintain the silhouette of the original model. Still sharp appearance of a modern city car, but the City now features a raft of subtle upgrades. It can be judged that the City’s changes mainly cover the aesthetic.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 Review

Similar to its siblings, the refreshed Honda City is bequeathed with Honda’s latest design sensibilities. Honda, in fact, badly wants to modernize its baby car even more by revitalizing the front end. Accordingly, the sedan receives new LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and even, fog lamps are likewise LED.

The front fascia is also re-profiled with new Solid Wing grille and front bumper while the air intakes currently get smaller, unintentionally creating a perfect proportion.

Moving backward, you can spot new bi-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, revised tail lights and a sportier and more aggressive rear bumper.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 angular front

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 angular rear

The new Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 appears to maintain the silhouette of the original model

Honda City 2018 front fascia

Honda badly wants to modernize its baby car even more by revitalizing the front end

Honda City LED headlight

LED headlight

Honda City 2018 alloy wheel

Bi-tone 16-inch alloy wheel

All things considered, some renewed styling cues make the new 2018 Honda City exterior more gracious yet still nippy and sporty. It must be recognized that the City has managed to differentiate itself from the shade of its big brother Civic.

2. Honda City 2018 Interior

2.1. Delicate interior design

It goes without saying that the 2018 Honda City interior is one of the best looking city car in the class. It is so appealing that the Japanese marque doesn’t need to do much with it. If just throwing a glance, however, it’s really hard to see any alterations. Hence, let’s reach closer enough.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 interior

The Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 interior is one of the best looking city car in the class

Only by changing the trim color and some accent pieces, the cabin looks more elegant for now. Particularly, bright silver highlights on the dashboard are replaced by a bass tone – metallic grey. The red hazard switch on the previous model becomes black, besides.

Also, disturbing blue surrounds in the last City have completely disappeared and the push-button start/stop is sedated with new monotone color. In the interim, the analog gauges are new but brighter, making them much more legible.

Further, the touch panel climate control system appears to be born to fit the cabin design, frankly speaking.

2.2. High-tech and practical cabin

It is the up-to-the-minute 7-inch touchscreen that immediately piques our interest. It is intuitive, responsive and fully compatible with voice control, Bluetooth, satellite navigation system and all connectivity options, embracing the Miracast smartphone mirroring.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 touchscreen

It is the up-to-the-minute 7-inch touchscreen that immediately piques our interest

In terms of utility, 12V sockets are mounted front and behind the center console, so your phone charging will be much effortless. Exclusively, we can’t give the tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment a miss which allows drivers to enjoy a comfortable driving position during long trips.  

Overall, there is nothing to complain about the practicality of the cabin but the lack of physical controls and knobs for the climate and infotainment system. The climate control system, candidly, is nice yet difficult to use. Another handicap for user is the absence of cup holders.

2.3. Ample cabin and trunk space

No matter where you seat, front of back, the inside space of the Honda City 1.5 VX Navi always deserve the top-notch for a subcompact sedan. Let alone the 6-way adjustability front seats, the rear rows already sit comfortably three adults owning to the flat rear floor, roomy leg- and head-room, 3-point seat belts and adjustable headrests to boot.

Still, if you are constantly in car around three hours, you will feel some throbbing aches due to the thin padding.

On the subject of cargo space, a 536-liter trunk capacity is perfect comparable to other saloons. This expansive trunk can be full of all necessary belongings for your family adventures.   

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 interior

The inside space of the Honda City 1.5 VX Navi always deserve the top-notch for a subcompact sedan

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 luggage trunk

A 536-liter trunk capacity is perfect comparable to other saloons

3. Honda City 2018 Philippines Review: Safety features

We’re never skeptical about life saving features of a Honda and the City is no exception.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 airbags

We’re never skeptical about life saving features of a Honda and the City is no exception

For the 1.5 VX Navi variant, standard safety features comprise:

  • Dual SRS airbags
  • Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Immobilizer
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • Security Alarm
  • ISOFIX

4. Honda City 2018 Philippines: Performance

Powerful”, “efficient” and “eco-friendly” are three predicative adjectives describing the Honda City 2018 in general, and the 1.5 VX Navi variant in particular..

4.1. Honda i-VTEC engine

Remaining the Euro-4 compliant 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine as the last City, the Honda City VX Navi 2018 can crank out 120 hp at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. Power is fed to the front wheels through a 7-speed CVT transmission in place of a conventional automatic.

Honda i-VTEC engine

The Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 remains the Euro-4 compliant 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine 

Sadly, it is the CVT that somehow limits the Honda City performance. In spite of good performance in daily urban driving, the reaction seems to be short of credibility when poking it. But this can be overcome thanks to ECON mode.

4.2. Spirited performance

On account of the impressive engine, a balanced chassis and suspension system, the VX Navi is undoubtedly a hot city commuter. Keep assured as the City will take in all road imperfections then give you the safest rides as well as a lot of fun. The saloon, on top of that, challenges the highway roads at an average speed of 90 km/h thanks to those same qualities. Long trips are also affordable with the additional comfort from the cruise control.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 front view

The VX Navi is undoubtedly a hot city commuter

The City, what’s more, still provides a right amount of flushness and hauls when moving through mountain roads regardless of the shortage of hill start assist. Not a sports or performance sedan, but the vehicle can completely bring you more enjoyment on mountain paths. In the main, it gets us shocked by big capabilities in such a tiny sedan.

4.3. Outstanding fuel efficiency

Last but not least, the ECON mode button is also a vital element contributing to the City’s operation. This button has a huge effect on the fuel economy, conspicuously during heavy traffic when we don’t need to drive at a lightning speed.

Yes, once the ECON is activated, the City will crawl at 15 km/h and surely, achieving decent consumption of 6.1 km/L only. Overrunning the traffic lights, it still shines with a 12.4 km/l consumption reading at 60 km/h. On the highways, the Honda City 1.5 VX Navi is able to return a mileage of 18.9 km/h.

Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 ECON mode button

The ECON mode button is also a vital element contributing to the City’s operation

5. Honda City 2018 Price in the Philippines

The 1.5 VX Navi variant is offered in a typical color palette, including:

  • Lunar Silver Metallic (New)
  • Gold Brown Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Ruby Red Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Taffeta White

Concerning the price, we can make sure that this aspect will totally persuade you to add the Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 on your wishlist. “Immune to inflation” is what Pinoys talk about it as well as the City lineup. Notwithstanding additional qualities, Honda still sells its flagship city car at a bargain of 958,000, which remains unchanged when compared to the outgoing version’s.

In case you yearn for more features or want to save much money in contrast, there is also a wide range of choices open to you. Let’s check out the up-to-date pricing for the rest of Honda City 2018 variants in the Philippines:

Honda City 2018 price in the Philippines
 Model 2017 Price 2018 Price Difference
Honda City 1.5 E MT P770,000 P828,000 P58,000
Honda City 1.5 E CVT P810,000 P868,000 P58,000
Honda City 1.5 VX NAVI CVT P920,000 P976,000 P56,000
Honda City 1.5 VX+ NAVI CVT P1,010,000 P1,059,000 P49,000

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6. Honda City 2018 Specs in the Philippines

Honda City 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Overall
Name Honda City 1.5 VX NAVI CVT
Body Type Sedan
Price ₱958,000
Transmission Type CVT
Engine & Performance
Engine Size 1.5 L
Displacement 1,497 cc
Number of Cylinders 4
Number of Valves 16
Transmission Category Continuously Variable Transmission
Power Train Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output 120 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Max Torque 145 Nm @ 4,800 rpm
Fuel Type Gasoline
Fuel Capacity 40 L
Dimensions
Length 4,440 mm
Width 1,695 mm
Height 1,477 mm
Wheelbase 2,600 mm
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Turning Circle 10.6 m
Trunk Capacity 536 L
Max Cargo 536 L
Number of Seats 5
Number of Doors 4
Features & Technologies
Cruise Control Yes
Front Parking Sensors No
Rear Parking Sensors Yes
Leather Upholstery No
Push Start Button Yes
Wheel Size 16 in
Wheels Metal Type Alloy
Airconditioning System Automatic with Touch Panel Controls
Entertainment System
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • DVD
  • CD
  • 4 Speakers
Connectivity
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI
Navigation Yes
Keyless Entry Yes
Safety & Security
  • Driver's Airbag
  • Front Passenger's Airbag
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • ABS, with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Immobilizer
  • Security Alarm
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • ISOFIX

In closing, Honda truly did well with its “City”, dare we say it. In defiance of being replete with full of essential attributes, the vehicle accomplishes its missions without difficulty. To be frank, the Honda City 2018 goes beyond the concept of a city car that its nameplate tells us.

Time has flied and more and more competitive players run in the big race for buyers’ heart. However, Philkotse.com reckons that the Honda City will soon challenge the positions of its contenders in the B-segment, even subcompact SUVs’.

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