If you’ve been holding off on buying a brand-new ride because you’ve had your eye on the next-generation City, congratulations—your wait is finally over. Honda Cars Philippines has just launched the vehicle locally, revealing the car’s official specs, prices, and variants to the Filipino motoring public.
The local subcompact-sedan scene, though, is a pretty competitive one—especially with the likes of the Toyota Vios and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 constantly in the mix. So, what has Honda done to make its own offering stand out? Here’s everything you need to know.
Prices and variants
Here in the Philippines, the all-new Honda City is available in four variants. The sedan carries a starting price of P838,000, while the top-spec 1.5 RS CVT variant with all the bells and whistles will cost you P1,048,000. Check out the official Philippine variants and prices below:
2021 Honda City
- Honda City 1.5 S MT – P838,000
- Honda City 1.5 S CVT – P878,000
- Honda City 1.5 V CVT – P968,000
- Honda City 1.5 RS CVT – P1,048,000
When it comes to exterior aesthetics, you can get an all-new City in one of the following colors: Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Ignite Red Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl. The availability of colors, however, will depend on what variant you go for.
Considering we’ve already seen the all-new City hit neighboring markets like Thailand and Malaysia, there’s little to no surprise when it comes to the sedan’s exterior design. There’s a more streamlined face featuring a bolder grille with a massive in-your-face crossbar, as well as larger swept-back headlights than before.
The rear, meanwhile, is equipped with much sleeker taillights that extend further toward the vehicle’s sides. If you look at the city’s side profile, the character lines span the sedan’s entirety now, and the wheel arches appear slightly more pronounced.
The S and V variants are seen in Modern Steel Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic in the photos above, respectively. The City RS, meanwhile, looks much more playful in Ignite Red Metallic. Speaking of the RS, it flaunts a noticeably more energetic tone thanks to special 16-inch RS alloy wheels, a different bumper, some special RS badging, a gloss-black trunk spoiler, and different side mirrors.
If you liked the previous-gen City’s relatively minimalist, subtle interior, this new one might take some getting used to. While Honda’s designers have retained the cabin’s stealthy overall vibe, the styling is noticeably more playful now.
There’s a new dashboard design featuring much more prominent A/C vents than in the old car, and the A/C controls feature a more intuitive digital display and a physical dial setup. There’s more gloss-black plastic surrounding the shifter now, and the steering wheel looks sportier as well. One improvement we appreciate is the larger storage compartment underneath the A/C controls. Nice.
Some interior differences between the three variants must be pointed out. The S gets a plain black interior, while the V and the RS have ivory and red trim, respectively. Only top-of-the-line units get suede bits in the seats, with the rest getting only fabric materials. All units get at least six cup- and bottle holders, with the RS getting two extra ones.
Engine and specs
Only one engine option has been made available for the Philippine market: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC gasoline mill capable of 119hp at 6,600rpm and up to 145Nm of torque at 4,300rpm. All units will are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), save for the S trim, which offers a choice between a CVT and a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel-tank capacity is listed at 40 liters, and only the top-spec unit gets paddle shifters.
If those numbers look familiar, it’s because they’re nearly identical to what the previous-gen version put out. Unfortunately, we won’t see new additions to the engine lineup like the turbo, diesel, or hybrid—at least not yet.
All units sit on a MacPherson-strut and torsion-beam suspension setup, and boast ventilated disc brakes and drums in the front and rear, respectively.
If you opt for the base S MT, prepare to settle for a double-DIN head unit. Anything higher than that, though, comes equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The top-spec variant also gets eight speakers compared with just four for the rest of the lineup.
Only the V and the RS get an automatic A/C system, smart entry, and cruise control. A pleasant surprise is that all units come equipped with a push-to-start ignition, speed-sensing door locks, and tilt-and-telescopic steering adjustment.
For a more in-depth look at the all-new Honda City, you can check out our Launch Pad feature for the subcompact sedan. What do you think of the package Honda Cars Philippines has brought over? Do you like it?