The Honda City is Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI)’s entry to the subcompact sedan segment. Now on its 7th generation across the globe, and 5th in the Philippines, It comes with a refined look similar to its bigger brothers the Honda Civic and Honda Accord. The City comes in a small and practical package ticking all the right boxes for those looking to get a versatile sedan. It comes with a large grille at the front along with LED headlights for the higher variants and halogen bulbs for the lower models.
The updated City features a roomy interior and has modern amenities, plus an ample amount of storage spaces. The interior seats come in black fabric for the lower variants or black leather for the range-topping variants matching the interior theme of black. Climate controls can either be had with manual buttons or with a touch panel layout.
Along with its new looks, the Honda City comes with the performance to match. Powering the sedan is a chain-driven 1.5-liter (L15B1), a naturally aspirated engine featuring Honda’s i-VTEC technology with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC). It can be had with a choice of either a convenience-centric CVT or a 6-speed manual gearbox. It also features an ECON button for all variants except the S grade along with an eco-coach ambient meter function which changes the dynamics of the engine and helps give you the most out of your fuel.
The 5th generation Honda City was launched in the Philippines on October 22, 2020. It comes to the market available with three trim levels: the S, V, and RS. Engine options are now refreshed over the previous generation as the all-new City comes with a 16-valve 1.5-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) gasoline engine that produces 119 hp and 148 Nm of torque. While the CVT was carried over from the previous model a new 6-speed manual transmission option has been added to the entry-level variant of the City. The new model also brings with it a new exterior design as well as a new set of features.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
For its current generation, the Honda City utilizes the Honda Global Small Car Platform. It carries over its predecessor’s unibody and suspension layout coming with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam setup at the rear. Honda states that it has tuned the suspension to be more comfortable in order to make the sedan easier to drive. The Honda City’s stopping power comes from ventilated discs at the front and drum brakes at the rear for all variants. For its parking brake, Honda has chosen to retain the hand brake in the previous model. When it comes to steering the Honda City comes with an electric-assist rack and pinion system along with an electric power steering system.
When it comes to wheels the S variants come with 185/60R15 alloy wheels in a 15x6J form factor. The V grade comes with a 16x6J form factor with 185/55R16 series tires. For the range-topping RS grade, it comes with 16x6J wheels as well but in a special RS design. Aluminum Alloy is the metal of choice for all the wheels available with the Honda City. The spare tire comes in the form of a Space Saver type to help reduce the weight of the vehicle.
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Honda Global Small Car Platform
1.5-liter L15ZB1 i-VTEC DOHC I4 Gasoline
119 hp, 145 Nm torque
5-Speed Manual Transmission
The Honda City performs well at corners. The body roll is almost non-existent while the suspension can even effectively absorb road bumps with ease. Along with NVH, the vehicle has traits that give the driver and passengers a comfortable ride.
The 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine is well suited for the City's size and weight. It was powerful enough to pull the vehicle without the need for hill start assist. When entering manual mode, the CVT was able to transition into a regular 7-speed automatic with a flick of the paddles. It gives the driver control of the car’s RPM and downshifts to make use of all that it can offer.
The Honda City in the Philippines comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen audio infotainment system for its S CVT, V CVT, and RS CVT variants. The entry-level S variant only comes with a 2-DIN Audio system. For models with the 8-inch head unit, these come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard along with WebLink. Bluetooth connectivity is standard for all variants of the Honda City, however, only the S variant comes with 1 USB port while the other models come with 2. Audio and hands-free telephone (HFT) with voice recognition is also available for the RS, V, and S CVT variants of the City. The entry-level S variant only comes with audio controls and HFT without voice recognition.
All models of the Honda City come with a 4-speaker sound system with the exception of the RS variant which comes with 8 in a 4-speaker 4-tweeter configuration. An automatic air conditioning system is present in the RS and V variants. The S variants only come with manual air conditioning. Air controls come in the form of rotary knobs with a digital display and illumination as standard for all models. Rear ventilation is also available for the Honda City in its RS and V variants.
For its indicators, all variants come standard with a tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, fuel consumption meter, trip meter, range computer, temperature, and illumination control.
The RS variant along with the V variant also comes with cruise control. A multi-view camera is also available for the RS and V grades of the subcompact sedan. All variants of the Honda City come with a one-push start system with the RS and V variants getting Smart entry, while the S variant only comes with a keyless entry system with wave key functionality. When it comes to 12-volt sockets the RS variant comes with two while the other variants only have one available at the front.
The Honda City comes with an all-new sleek and dynamic design. The front has been sculpted to match the design language of its bigger brothers the Civic and Accord. It comes with halogen projector headlights for the S and V variants with the RS variant getting LED. All variants come with an auto-off timer that activates 15 seconds after the engine has been turned off. Front LED fog lamps along with a sport-type fog light garnish are available for the Honda City but only its RS variant. Side turn signal lights are available for all models with the E and S variants having them mounted on the fenders while the S and RS models have them Door mirror integrated. All models come with LED tail lamps and with a LED high mount stop lamp.
The front grille for the S and V variants come in chrome while the top of the line RS comes with a special high gloss design with an RS emblem. The RS variant also comes with a Sports type bumper with regular variants that only get the regular version. Door handles for the RS variant come in a sports type, while the V gets chrome, and the rest of the variants come with a body-color scheme instead. Door mirrors for all variants come in their own body colors while the RS variant comes with a high gloss black. All trim-levels of the Honda City come with power-adjustable mirrors with only the RS and V variants coming with a power fold function. The RS and V models also come with a trunk release button at the rear while the other variants do not.
The Honda City comes available in the following colors: Ignite Red Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Taffeta White.
The cabin of the Honda City in the Philippines comes with three different color schemes. The S variant comes with a black-only layout, while the V variant comes in black with ivory trim, and the RS variant comes in black with red trims. Interior trims come in the form of the interior color for the S grades of the City, while the V grade gets a hand-wrapped trim, and the RS gets hand-wrapped with RS stitching.
Interior accents come in the form of silver for the S variant while the RS and V grades come in piano black. The outlet type for the honda City is silver for the RS and V variants, while the S variant comes in silver. Inner door handles are chrome for the RS and V grads while the S trim-level is only available in black. Seating material for the Honda City comes in two forms. Leather and suede for the RS model and fabric for the V and S variants. A height adjuster is present in all variants of the City along with a fabric seatback pocket located behind the front passenger seat. The armrest of the RS variant comes in leather while the V grade gets fabric. The rear center console of the RS trim-level also comes with cup holders.
For the shift knob, the RS and V grades get leather while the S variants only come in urethane. The same can also be said for the 3-spoke steering wheel for the RS and V variants as they both come in leather while the S grade gets a 3-spoke Urethane steering wheel. Steering adjustment for all Honda City models comes with tilt and telescopic functionality.
When it comes to safety the Honda City is well equipped. It comes with driver and front passenger airbags and side airbags as standard. Only the RS variant comes with side curtain airbags for added safety. Other standard features across the variant lineup include: a G-CON body structure, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, emergency stop signal, adjustable 3-point ELR seatbelts at the front, three 3-point ELR seatbelts at the rear, a seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger, power door locks with speed sensing auto lock, a child lock, ISOFIX child seat anchors, a knee bolster for the driver, and a security alarm with an immobilizer.
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