Honda City PROS and CONS
- Engine and fuel efficiency
- Elegance packed interior
- Striking exterior looks
- Fingerprint magnet in the interior
- No disc brakes at the back
- No split folding at the back seats
- No rear aircon and power output
The 2019 Honda City is one of the leading subcompact sedans in the Philippines. Its heritage goes back from 1981 and is produced by one of the greatest Japanese car manufacturers, Honda. With a number of transformations in terms of styling after its inception in the Philippine market back in 1996. The Honda City has become popular in the hearts of the Filipinos as it accumulated praise and generated big sale numbers. The vehicle now comes with a upgraded Honda City for the model year 2019. It has an attractive design and modern styling cues on the interior and exterior as well which makes Honda Philippines look forward to new customers.
Honda Cars Philippines has unveiled the face- lifted fourth generation Honda City for the model year 2019 at the City of Dreams, Parañaque City. The Honda Company claims that the face-lifted City is better than its previous iteration and it is armed with new technology and better efficiency to lead the segment as it was before, with the company having sold 26, 324 units since 2014 and making Honda City as the best seller in the segment.
Unlike the previous model, the current Honda City is only available with one gasoline engine option. The 2019 Honda City is also surprisingly better welcomed more than the previous generation Honda City where many adored due the complete over-all upgrades. The Honda City is the main rival of Toyota's Vios. both offered the same engine options prior to their releases and vastly differ on the interior and exterior design. The Honda City is viewed as a more upper-class vehicle than the Toyota Vios due to the fact that Honda vehicles aren't allowed to be used a Taxi's or other forms of public transportation unlike the Toyota Vios or the Toyota Avanza.
The Honda City was originally developed for Southeast Asia, offered as a more affordable and compact version to the Honda Civic which was one of the most popular sedans in the market. The 2003 Honda City was based on the Honda jazz. It shared the vehicle's interior design and most of its offerings. In 2009, the Honda City received an update which gave a new overall redesign inside and out. The current design of the Honda City was first released in 2014 in the Philippines. It arrived with a new front and rear design and a spectacular upgrade inside the vehicle as well.
The 2019 Honda City is the perfect choice for novice and pro drivers alike. The vehicle is capable enough to accommodate a small family and offer a smooth yet time to time sporty like performance for your enjoyment. Fuel mileage and power output is also on the positive side. After care and servicing shouldn't be an issue as well since Honda is a well established brand and the Honda City has been in the market for more than 10 years.
What's new with the 2019 Honda City? We'll aside from an array of great offerings. The new Honda City offers a 7-inch touch screen, LED Daytime running lights (DLR), LED fog lamps. Shark fin antenna, Smart entry with push start and a multi-view reverse camera.
The 2019 Honda City is equipped with a range of Honda's active and passive safety technologies, which are offered as standard equipment across all variants. All variants have G-CON body structure, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), ISOFIX, and Dual SRS Airbags. The VX and VX+ variants are also equipped with a smart entry system, while the VX+ variant will get additional side and side curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) for added safety.
There are 4 variations and six colors option for the 2019 Honda City. Variant wise, the Honda City is available with the following; 1.5 E MT, 1.5 E CVT, 1.5 VX Navi CVT and 1.5 VX+ Navi CVT. Color options are; Lunar Silver Metallic, Gold Brown Metallic (VX, VX+ only), Ruby Red Pearl (VX, E CVT only), Taffeta White, Modern Steel and Crystal Black Pearl (VX, E CVT, E MT only).
The front-fascia exposes Honda's current design language where the current Honda Civic and Honda Jazz also employs. Its sleek headlights were restyled and now comes with a built-in daytime running LED lights (Top models of the range have full headlight LED units). From the sides, the lines are visually noticeable flowing from the front up to the rear. A chrome bar links the rear to a horizontal taillight which resembles the one placed at the front. The redesigned rear bumpers now sport a sporty like defuser but isn't to shabby for this segment.
The difference between its predecessor is very noticeable at one glance. The City's sharper and more aggressive look was brought by the car's front and rear seamless components, which again gives it a better overall updated compared it older sibling the 2009 Honda City. The 2019 Honda City still features the same over all design of the current generation model, bearing an attractive sporty design at the same time looks calm and elegant.
The 2019 Honda City shares the same interior design as of the current generation Honda Jazz. The gauges upfront feature a speed meter accompanied by a rev meter and a fuel gage, upper trim levels receive a larger information display with a notification light meter for the Eco mode to alert the driver about his/her current driving status. Hard plastics can be found all over the vehicle, but this shouldn't come as a surprise for this segment in the market. Quality overall isn't bad, but design wise, the Honda City is one of the vehicle's offered in the market that comes with a lively interior which shouldn't look old even after several years.
At the back, there are no air-condition vents available. This feature has been offered by its competitors in the same segment and is considered as a big plus for many. For the rear passengers, aside from having no extra ventilation, the Honda City also doesn't come with a power outlet nor a center armrest. You'll only have a large door pockets on both side for your small accessories. Needless to say, the Honda City room for the passenger at the back is large enough to accommodate 3 adults. Headroom and leg room is also on the plus side which shouldn't be an issue whether you'll be travelling inside the city or on a long drive.
For the compartment, the Honda City comes with a decent space too, the downside is though, is that the rear seats cannot be folded to a 60/40 split during the times you'll need extra amount of space.
The inside of the new Honda City flaunts a richer and modern interior with a high-tech design, decorative panel, and plush leather seats (for the VX+). The new Honda City features a 7-inch touchscreen audio system, for the E CVT, VX, and VX+ variants. It consists of Bluetooth Hands-free Telephone and Audio Streaming and USB Connectivity. Push-start ignition is available in the VX and VX+ variants too. This is also equipped with a navigation system with a multi-view camera with voice command.
Under the hood, the 2019 Honda City offers only 1 engine option for all its variants. It packs a 1.5L SOHC (Single-overhead-cam) i-VTEC four cylinder 16-valve gasoline engine that produces 120PS at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,800rpm mingled to either five-speed manual (for the base E variant) or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which make sure of providing you a seamless experience without any fuss.
The engine is very responsive to every step you make on the accelerator. Unlike other vehicles, the Honda City responses quickly and delivers speed at the same time when you gas the pedal. Moving from a halt or overtaking suddenly, the car responds properly and provides the power output need when it is asked to.
This achievement is thanks to the combination of Honda's 1.5L engine and its inhouse Honda Earth Dreams Technology CVT. It delivers power unlike other brand's CVT, and it doesn't need much time to get to the speed that you need. The driving is smooth and quiet, adding to the overall comfort of the car. However, the brakes and isolation still need a little room for improvement.
From the driver's position, even with the small size of this car, the feeling is relaxed and surprisingly not tiny. Although lacking some support for the back on the driver seat, it practically fine and shouldn't be an issue. Thanks to the design of the upfront, Honda achieved on providing more space for the driver as well as the front passenger. this is a big plus not just for comfort but for the overall visibility as well.
Inspired by the Honda CR-Z, the Honda City is a capable vehicle, capable enough to tackle twisty roads with confidence. The electric power steering helps achieve a very light sensation and gradually builds weight naturally as you speed up. The independent MacPherson struts for the front and the rear compact torsion beam is the same technology found on last year's model. Front and back stabilizer bars are standard also standard and is featured on all variants.
Driving the vehicle inside the city or on the mountain roads should provide equal comfort, performance and confidence. in deed the vehicle is no sports car, but the Honda City is well balanced, add to that a great combination of power output and you have a very attractive vehicle which isn't just comfortable to drive in the city but is also fun to drive as well.
The only drawback most find on the Honda City is despite all of these great offerings. Honda decided not to offer a disc brakes for the rear, even on the highest variant. this is quite surprising as the previous generation Honda City came with this feature on its top-most variant.
astly, apart from the default slide and recline adjustment, the driver seat comes with a height adjustment which should be a big plus for most drivers. For the steering wheel, telescopic and tilt-adjustable is also available. The new Honda City also has Honda's Eco Assist System which consists of ECON button and eco-coaching ambient meter to promote smart and fuel-efficient driving habit.