The aptly named Honda City is one of the most popular city cars in Malaysia. Its latest iteration was revealed in 2020, powered by a new 1.5-litre DOHC engine.
Although the Honda City RS i-MMD is yet to have an official price, the new Honda City 1.5L V, E, and S are already increasing in numbers on Malaysian roads.
As always, we'll put it through our very own WapCar Rating system to break things down for you.
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Driving Performance - 31.5/50 pts, Quick but uninspiring
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||1.5-litre 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC|
|Power||121 PS @ 6,600 rpm|
|Torque||145 Nm @ 4,300 rpm|
|0-100 km/h||11.4 seconds|
|100-0 km/h||42 metres|
Among the B-segment saloons that we have tested, the 2020 Honda City 1.5L V is actually the quickest.
We recorded a 0-100 km/h time of 11.4 s for the Honda City. (Toyota Vios -12.7 s; Proton Persona - 11.7 s; Nissan Almera - 12.4 s).
The segment is mainly naturally aspirated with the exception of the downsized Nissan Almera engine.
Braking distance of the Honda City is also good in its segment with a recorded 42 m. An obvious thing you will feel in the Honda City is the more responsive throttle compared to its rivals.
Handling of the Honda City is uninspiring. the springs are perhaps a little bit too soft, but they make for a comfortable ride.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Driving Performances Breakdown|
|Engine||Acceleration||3.5 / 5|
|In-gear Acceleration||3 / 5|
|Throttle Response||4 / 5|
|Transmission||Shift Logic||3 / 3|
|Smoothness||3 / 5|
|Sport/Manual Mode||1 / 3|
|Steering||Accuracy||2 / 3|
|Response||1.5 / 3|
|Weight & Feel||1.5 / 3|
|Braking||Distance||2 / 3|
|Feel||2 / 3|
|Handling||Chassis Balance||1.5 / 3|
|Grip||2 / 3|
|Load Reaction||1.5 / 3|
|Total||31.5 / 50 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Ride Comfort - 35/50 pts, Plush & supportive seats
The seats in the Honda City are plush and the seat back supports your lower back nicely. Pair that with the soft springs, and the cabin of this B-segment saloon is fairly comfortable.
Cabin noise in the Honda City feels lower than the numbers suggest. Although engine noise is a bit high, the cabin is well-insulated from rolling noise. There are no jarring turbulent wind noises too, so we'll give some points to that.
Currently leading the segment in terms of cabin noise is the Nissan Almera with 68 dB at 110 km/h.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Noise Level|
|60 km/h||65 dB|
|90 km/h||68 dB|
|110 km/h||70 dB|
In the back, the seat base offers decent thigh support, and the recline angle allows for a good seating position.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Ride Comfort Breakdown|
|Sound Proofing||6 / 10|
|Suspension||7 / 10|
|Passenger Comfort||7 / 10|
|Seat Support||4 / 5|
|Ergonomics||3 / 5|
|Engine Refinement||8 / 10|
|Total points||35 / 50 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Quality and Features - 29/50 pts, LaneWatch and Remote Start are super convenient
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Panel Gaps (mm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front to Rear Door||4||4||0|
|Rear Door to quarter panel||3||3.5||0.5|
Exterior build quality of the Honda City is good. The panel gaps only show a maximum of 0.5 mm difference between the left and right side.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Paint thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Rear Quarter Panel||110||103|
|Average paint thickness: 117 µm ±15|
Paint thickness is consistent and the averages comparably to its rivals.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Exterior Material Use|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Single Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
As an affordable city car, the Honda City 1.5L V doesn't go beyond necessary in terms of exterior materials. There are no gas hood struts, elaborate styling pieces, or double-glazed windows.
The amount of hard plastics in the cabin is as expected of a B-segment saloon. The critical touch points have a slight luxurious feel, and white leather pieces brighten up an otherwise dull cabin.
Android Auto/Apple Carplay connection is quick and stable with a dedicated USB port.
The bulk of the controls are still tactile, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road as opposed to fully touchscreen controls only in some cars.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Soft plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Hard Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
Although a full suite of ADAS is not available on the Honda City 1.5 L V, the LaneWatch feature deserves some credit. Since we share our road with motorcyclist, a lot of minor incidents could be avoided with this feature.
A full suite of ADAS is availble on the RS variant.
Under the ASEAN NCAP safety rating system, the Honda City scores an excellent five-star rating.
Another feature worthy of mention in the Honda City 1.5 L V is the remote start feature - very handy on hot days.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Quality & Feature Breakdown|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||3 / 4|
|Panel Gaps||3 / 4|
|Assembly Quality||2 / 2|
|Interior||Build Quality||3 / 5|
|Materials Used||3 / 5|
|Features||Safety||6 / 10|
|ADAS||1 / 5|
|Luxury||2 / 5|
|Convenience||3 / 5|
|Infotainment||3 / 5|
|Total||29 / 50 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Space and Practicality - 31/50 pts, Good legroom and practical folding seats
Following other Honda cars, passenger room is not a big issue for the Honda City. It has managed to maximise space on the inside without destroying the proportions on the outside.
Boot space of the Honda City is 506 litres, just a few litres shy of the Proton Persona's 510 litres. Adding to the convenience of the Honda City are the seat release levers in the trunk for loading long items.
Although the Honda City is capable of seating 5 people, fitting 3 adults in the back is a squeeze and not recommended for long journeys.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Interior Space Breakdown|
|Front Row||7 / 10|
|Middle/Back Row||6 / 10|
|Third Row||0 / 5|
|Boot Space||3.5 / 5|
|Practicality||4 / 5|
|Storage Space||3.5 / 5|
|Visibility||4 / 5|
|Storage Flexibility||3 / 5|
|Total||33 / 50 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Fuel Consumption – 15.5/20 pts, Very fuel efficient
Two fuel consumption test were conducted with first returning 7.2 l/100km from a 102.3 km trip and refuelling 7.38 litres.
The second test resulted in 5.3 l/100km from a 97.1 km trip and refuelling 5.19 litres.
Without disregarding both results, an average fuel consumption of 6.3 l/100km is calculated.
More details on the Honda City's fuel consumption test can be viewed here.
Both the Honda City and Nissan Almera are very fuel efficient, making them excellent choices for daily drivers.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown|
|Fuel Consumption||12 / 15|
|Eco Mode||2 / 2|
|Indicator Accuracy||1.5 / 3|
|Total points||15.5 / 20 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Purchase and Cost – 23/30, sits in the middle of the price range
The Honda City 1.5 L V starts at RM 86,561*, which is cheaper than the Nissan Almera VLT (RM 91,310*) and the Toyota Vios 1.5 G (RM 87,584*)
Of course, all three cars cannot beat the RM 54,600* starting price of the Proton Persona 1.6 L Premium CVT.
*OTR without SST
|Honda City 1.5 L V||5 years / 100,000 km|
|Nissan Almera 1.0T VLT||5 years / unlimited mileage|
|Proton Persona 1.6 Premium||5 years / 100,000 km|
|Toyota Vios 1.5 G||5 years / unlimited mileage|
The given warranty for the Honda City is of 5 years/100,000km mileage. Total maintenance cost over 5 years for the Honda City is slightly more expensive than its competition.
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Service Costs|
|Month||Mileage (km)||Cost (RM)|
|2020 Honda City 1.5L V - Purchase & Cost|
|Purchase||Car Price||12 / 15|
|Warranty||4 / 5|
|Cost||Maintenance||3 / 5|
|Fuel Cost||4 / 5|
|Total||23 / 30 pts|
2020 Honda City 1.5L V: Conclusion - 165/250 pts overall
Overall, the Honda City 1.5 L V is practical and fuel efficient. As a year-2020 car, super convenient features like Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, LaneWatch, and remote start are available.
Although the Honda City does not offer ULTRA seats like the Honda Jazz, the seat release lever in the trunk and the comfrotable seats are plus points worthy of mention.
Negative points of the Honda City 1.5 L V are few. It is a bit uninspiring to drive, the suspension is a bit too soft, and there's obviously no AEB. The Nissan Almera is able to offer AEB on all of its variants.
Still, it is hard to go wrong with the Honda City as a daily driver. It strikes a good balance of our rating pillars. Try one for yourself and see if you like it.