The 2020 Honda City has four variants - S, E, V and RS. However, only the S, E and V are available right now. The RS will be introduced in January 2021.
The entry S and E variants make do with fabric seats and 4 airbags. The V adds LED headlamps, LaneWatch, 6 airbags and leather seats, while the range topping RS adds Honda Sensing and a digital instrument panel.
What engine does the Honda City have?
Depending on variant, there's two different powertrains to choose from - a new 1.5-litre naturally aspirated DOHC port-injection engine (previous model was SOHC) mated to a CVT-type automatic, and the much-talked about 1.5-litre 2-motor i-MMD hybrid mill that doesn't need a gearbox.
The RS has a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle engine to complement the hybrid system.
What is the size of the Honda City?
2020 Honda City Dimensions
Length x Height x Width (mm)
4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467 mm
S, E, V - 519
RS - 409
*Differences due to safety kit, etc
S - 1,125
E - 1,126
V - 1,135
RS - 1,246
The new City is 111 mm longer than the preceding model (4,422 mm), 54 mm wider (1,694 mm) and 10 mm lower (1,477 mm).
Here's how it compares against its segment rivals:
What safety features does the Honda City have?
The S and E variants get 4 airbags while there's 6 for V and RS trims. Other than that, here's what's standard across every variant:
Rear-seat ISOFIX tethers
Vehicle stability assist (VSA)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
Brake assist (BA)
Hill start assist (HSA)
Emergency stop signal (ESS)
2 reverse sensors
Meanwhile, the E, V and RS trims get reverse camera. LaneWatch however, is exclusive to the V and RS trims.
That said, Honda Sensing is only available on the RS trim. The system on the City is relatively newer, benefitting from the latest development for its monocular camera, which now has a wider operating angle - meaning the ACC is more sensitive to a wider area and can respond faster.
Unlike the Civic, Accord and CR-V, it doesn't have a milimeter-wave radar, relying only on the monocular camera. Honda says the improved camera is able to provide the same level of functionality as the earlier camera-radar combo system.
Features available in Sensing include:
Forward collision warning (FCW)
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
Lane departure warning (LDW)
Lane keeping assist (LKAS)
Road departure mitigation (RDM)
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
Auto high-beam (AHB)
There's no Low Speed Follow?
Unfortunately no. The City RS' adaptive cruise control works only at speeds above 30 km/h. The more expensive Civic, CR-V, and Accord adds Low Speed Follow, which allows the cruise control to also work in stop-go traffic.
Is the car still as practical as before?
Bootspace is slightly smaller now for the petrol variants - 519 litres now, compared to the preceding generation's 536 litres. Meanwhile, the RS only gets a 409 litres, due to the battery pack eating into the cabin. Like the previous City Hybrid, the RS makes do with space saver spare wheel.
Other than that, it's good-ol' 'Man Maximum, Machine Minimum' - lots of cubby spaces, 60:40 split-fold seats (which are among the 8 things we get over the Thai variant, by the way), ISOFIX tethers and the works.
Why rear disc brakes are not available on lower range variants
The previous Honda City made do with drum brakes across all variants. For this generation, the RS variant get rear disc brakes, a specification unique to Malaysia.
Lower range variants continue to use drum brakes. Honda says this setup is lighter and is a best match for this segment's price and engine performance.
The RS variant uses space saving Electric Parking Brake (EPB) and a 2-motor i-MMD hybrid drivetrain, which is better paired with all-round disc brakes for a more advanced total package.
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