The all-new Honda City makes a splash in the local subcompact-sedan market

Should other nameplates worry?
by Drei Laurel | Oct 26, 2020

Stylish, practical, and endowed with Japanese quality—these are the three things that help the Honda City stand out in a sea of subcompact sedans. It’s a top-of-mind choice here in the Philippines, alongside the likes of the Toyota Vios and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4.

So, what has the Japanese car manufacturer done to maintain this vehicle’s stature?

For starters, the brand has given the City a much more energetic exterior appearance. Almost everything about the sedan is bolder now, from its grille featuring a massive crossbar to its side profile and character lines. It kind of reminds us of the Honda Civic, and there’s a punctuation mark to this car that its previous iteration just didn’t have.

While the overall tone of the cabin is still stealthy, there’s a more playful approach to the dashboard design and several interior components. The A/C vents feature a more toyish look, while higher variants get a nice mix of contrasting colors and stitching that add a dose of sportiness to the vehicle’s vibe.

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No turbo, hybrid, or diesel here in the Philippines. Powering the all-new Honda City is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine with an output of 119hp at 6,600rpm and up to 145Nm of torque at 4,300rpm. Considering the sedan is competitively priced with a starting cost of P838,000 for the base 1.5 S MT, we think a lot of buyers will be putting this thing on their shortlists.

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You can learn more about the Honda City in the short video above. If you’re in a reading mood, you can also check out our special Launch Pad feature on the subcompact sedan. So, did this launch live up to expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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