After a lengthy teaser campaign as a way to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary in the Philippines, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has finally unveiled the 2021 Honda City. Honda’s all-new sedan is completely new from the ground up. It gets a plethora of new tech features, a new DOHC 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, and a more refined design.
From the outside, the all-new 2021 Honda City has one of the most well-rounded designs in the subcompact segment. While it’s more of an evolution of the previous model, the proportions have been improved. Seeing it in photos don’t give the proportions justice, because the all-new City looks seriously modern.
As standard, all variants get LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. The S MT and S CVT variants get 15-inch alloy wheels, while the V CVT adds 16-inch alloy wheels and power-folding mirrors with LED signals. Stepping up to the top-trim RS variant adds full LED headlights, LED foglights, 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, and a black rear lip spoiler.
Step inside, and you’ll see an interior that looks high tech and modern. All variants get push-button start, while smart entry is available only in the V CVT and RS CVT. All variants also have digital AC controls, while the V CVT and RS CVT gets auto climate control.
Honda has also stepped up their infotainment game, with Bluetooth hands-free being standard on all variants, while an 8-inch Honda OEM infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available on all but the base S MT variant.
Stepping up to the mid-level V adds beige leatherette surfaces and rear aircon vents. Opting for the fully-loaded RS gets two rear USB ports, an 8-speaker sound system, combination suede and leather seats, red gauges, paddle shifters, two 12V outlets at the rear, along with red stitching on the dash, doors, center console, and seats.
Under the hood of the all-new 2021 Honda City is a new 1.5-liter inline-4 naturally aspirated i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 121 hp and 148 Nm of torque. While the power figures sound similar, the reason why it’s new is that it’s now a DOHC engine rather than the SOHC ones in past models.
As a result, the all-new City has better power delivery than before, with a zero to 100 kph time of 10.2 seconds. It also sounds particularly good too under high revs as a result. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual on the S MT, while the rest utilizes a CVT.
As for safety, Honda has equipped the City with four SRS airbags, electronic stability control, emergency stop signal, and hill start assist on all variants. Stepping up to the mid-level V CVT adds a multi-angle reverse camera, while the top-of-the-line RS increases the airbag count to 6. In addition, Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) torque vectoring system is equipped as standard on all City variants.
The all-new 2021 Honda City, with all these aforementioned generous high-tech features, comes with the following prices. Surprisingly, the price jump compared to the previous model isn’t huge. As a matter of fact, the RS CVT is a full P20,000 cheaper than the VX+ variant it replaces despite having significantly more features.
S MT: P838,000
S CVT: P878,000
V CVT: P968,000
RS CVT: P1,048,000