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The all-new Honda City is better-looking and now in PH

High-tech toys should make this subcompact sedan appealing to younger buyers

Ladies and gentlemen, the all-new Honda City. PHOTO BY VINCENT SUAREZ

Throughout the years, the Honda City has evolved into a vehicle that goes above and beyond the urban environments it was built for (and named after). It has constantly changed to meet the demands of Filipinos looking for a practical and spacious ride with the poise and refinement of cars above its class. That customer-focused mindset once again becomes the goal for the all-new City which debuts today.

The top-of-the-line RS gets go-fast looks. PHOTOS BY VINCENT SUAREZ

The all-new City improves upon the outgoing model’s edgy design by toning down the acute angles and introducing more flowing lines and smoother curves for a refined look. The change doesn’t look as drastic as that of the Honda Jazz, which should help the car maintain its appeal to a wide customer base. Upmarket touches include LED accents for both the headlights and taillights, and a redesigned radiator grille.

The mid-spec City V is priced at P968,000. PHOTOS BY VINCENT SUAREZ

The interior gets a roughly similar treatment with a simpler layout. The instrument binnacle has a more elegant look with two large gauges flanking a small display screen. Customers who didn’t like the previous City’s touchscreen HVAC controls will appreciate the rotary knobs, which means less fiddling around. And the cabin’s party piece? All automatic-transmission City variants come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — a clear sign that the market is becoming more and more tech-savvy.

Customers can get the base City S with a six-speed manual transmission. PHOTOS BY VINCENT SUAREZ

The Honda City continues to be powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine good for 119hp and 145Nm of torque. A continuously variable transmission is standard for all trim levels. Interestingly, the base model has a six-speed manual option which should make the car appealing to both fleet customers (for the price) and sporting drivers (for the gearbox).

All trim levels are powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine. PHOTO BY VINCENT SUAREZ

There are three trim levels for the all-new Honda City: the base S, the midrange V, and the top-spec RS. Prices for each variant are as follows:

  • 1.5 RS CVT – P1,048,000
  • 1.5 V CVT – P968,000
  • 1.5 S CVT – P878,000
  • 1.5 S MT – P838,000

Honda’s efforts to carefully listen to what its customers demand is clearly evident in the all-new City. With features and amenities that make it relevant to what the market wants, this car is a fitting addition to the automaker’s lineup as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Interested in the Honda City? Check out the spec sheet below.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is the managing editor of VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads.