Which is another problem I have with the wanton 'Civic is better' camp: to you I ask, how is it logical that adding money to buy a kosong-spec car makes more sense than buying one that is not only slightly cheaper, but the range-topper and far better equipped?
I don't care if you call me mollycoddled by technology, but hurtling to and fro Penang was made infinitely more bearable with adaptive cruise control, which is part of the Honda Sensing suite. To an extent, this extends to the newly-added City V Sensing too.
Which neatly leads to another point – part of the package is also what's under the hood, in this case the two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system. With the nature of how it works, you'll mostly be pootling about on electric power, which makes for quieter drives.
Even when the Atkinson-cycle four-pot petrol engine kicks in (for charging or driving at higher speeds), it’s always smooth. Add these to an airtight cabin and the City RS delivers nigh C-segment-like levels of refinement.
Plus, I'm more than happy to get 4.2-litres/100 km, and in my hands that meant to and fro Genting and all the way in and around Penang on one full tank. In rough terms that's roughly RM 85 for nearly 1,300 km.
Yes, while Malaysia's still far from zero-emissions, green motoring, but my experience with the i-MMD system is enough to convince me that hybrids are the best solution in the interim.
Those are some of the big-ticket items one would get in the City RS, and I've stopped short of mentioning the other things it gains over the cheapest Civic too (LED headlights and leather interior upholstery for example).
So my point is this: the experience is what makes the City RS a clear winner over the Civic 1.8S. It's got all the trappings of a proper city car: a full active safety suite, a much more fuel efficient powertrain, and decent comfort.
And remember – you have a loan to service, so do you really want to use a car that will be further out-specced and outdated as soon as the next-gen Civic comes around?
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.