2024 Honda City RS Honda SENSING - First Drive

Honda recently dropped a bombshell of a spec bump for the entire Honda City range. Now all the variants will come with Honda SENSING. So without that main differentiating factor, we wondered, is the RS trim still all that special? In this first impression, we’ll pick apart some of the things that make the RS what it is, and whether or not it’s still got what it takes to hold the top-of-the-line title. 

This is a Honda City, but in our view, Big H did just enough to the exterior to keep things fresh and new. The subcompact sedan wasn’t in need of a facelift, but this version looks a hint sportier, and a little more dynamic. The skirts, lips, and diffusers push out just a little bit more than the pre-facelift, and it gives the City a more mean and more ready-to-drive type of look, in line with the spirit that the RS brand evokes. Though it’s no Type R, this is definitely the sportiest look that the City RS has ever donned, perhaps in competition with the variants equipped with Modulo kits. 

The other stuff that’s changed or stayed the same? Well, the 16-inch wheels are still the same, only with a slightly different tone for the wheels. Still two-tone, but definitely still a match for the sporty design of the RS variant. Though, not everything is all too great. Honda chose to go with faux carbon fiber which might net some mixed reactions from a few people, but it’s rather okay given that Honda wanted to go with a more sporty character altogether. 

Overall, there’s nothing too different here. It’s still the same City but with arguably better looks, and with updated RS design trimmings, in a design that is familiar but not too different from the last, and it still evokes a sense of sportiness that other subcompact sedans try to achieve, but don’t quite get like the City. 

Added sportiness is the theme with this update, and there is an extra hit of red on the dashboard that really pops. Honda has done well with the City when it first came out in its fifth generation for the country, so little needed to be edited. There are subtle changes like some red accents getting dialed back, and others getting more pronounced, but it is largely the same throughout the entire dashboard. 

Since this is a facelift, most of the interior features remain the same. Though, in the new model, we get a new gauge cluster with a bigger color screen down the middle and a more striking set of gauges down the center. During our short drive and shoot with this car, we didn’t get the chance to play around too much with the instruments in the cluster, but we expect there to be more features in the 2024 year model, and we expect there to be a lot more to see as well. 

2024 Honda City RS Honda SENSING Infotainment

Honda also made it known that the infotainment cluster got a few updates that you will notice, and a few more that you will if you look hard enough. The screen itself is brighter and clearer, as per Honda, and it was rather noticeable. Following that you will be pleased to find that Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available now in the City. Though Honda didn’t add wireless charging, so right out of the gate there is a bit of a disconnect. However, if you want to fast charge your phone with your own wireless charger, at least that option is open to you. 

Other than that, the Honda SENSING suite is here, and that brings a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Lead Car Departure Notification system, Auto High-Beam, Road Departure Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning, which is the first time we’re seeing this set of features in the model lineup, and it’s a great thing to see in the City. It’s also worth mentioning that even the base models of the City get Honda SENSING, so it’s really a treat to see the City like this. 

With the platform being the same as before, the drive of the City is as familiar as ever. The steering feel is the same, the engine performance is still the same, and the suspension and chassis are still the same. 

With 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque mated to a CVT, the City is still as spritely as ever. Meanwhile, the suspension in our short drive around Honda’s test track is still the same as before, and the general feel of the car is neither over- nor underwhelming. Frankly, the City drove pre-facelift is how this one drives, at least based on our first impressions of the vehicle. 

2024 Honda City RS Honda SENSING Front Quarter

We don’t have much to say about the drive, but we have a ton of great remarks about the tech package and the new safety. The City is already a great driving car in its class, and the addition of Honda SENSING made the package so much sweeter. The other tech enhancements are great too, and the RS package makes everything look really good. 

Safety systems are expensive, but the Honda SENSING suite didn’t make the price shoot up by a lot. The Honda City in its RS Honda SENSING trim is priced at P1,148,000, which is exceptionally good value for a top-of-the-line subcompact sedan. With the upgrades and updated prices, the City has gone from being a great recommendation to a must-see, must-try, or must-buy sedan. 



1.5 L

Fuel Type



119 hp @ 6,600 rpm




Name Honda City 1.5 RS CVT Honda SENSING
Body Type Sedan
Price ₱1,128,000
Transmission Category CVT



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