Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why

Sanjay · Nov 20, 2021 10:00 AM

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 01

If you're in the subset of Malaysians who think of your car as the paint on the canvas of your personality, then chances are you'd have balked at the 2021 Honda City RS’ RM 105,950 price tag.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 02

It doesn't quite make sense at first glance. Add RM 3k and you can get the RM 109k Honda Civic (FC) 1.8S.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 01

Chunky wheels, halogen lights...not sure if they belong on a car that's supposed to be a step up from the City

Because isn't the Civic objectively better? It's roomier, it's got a bigger engine, and casual observers may think you're more successful because you drive a Civic.

Having lived with one for a week, I disagree

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 02

If I learned anything from living with it for a week, it's that the City RS's call is the one to answer, despite the Civic's incessant knocking on the other side.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 03

Where the City RS shows its merits is in the cohesion of its entire package. Too often it's discounted as an 'expensive City', but look at how much car you get for the money and it starts to click.

Also read: Who said you can’t compare a Mercedes-Benz C-Class with a Toyota Camry?

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 04

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?

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 05

LaneWatch does its thing well even at night; nope, you're not getting this on a Civic 1.8S

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.

Also read: Up close with the 2022 Honda City 1.5 V Sensing, the best-equipped car for under RM 100k?

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 06

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.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 07

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.

Also read: No gearbox, but why are there paddle shifters in the Honda City RS e:HEV? We explain

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 08

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.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 09

Only had to do this once

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.

Also read: BEVs are cleaner than hybrids? Not true, at least not for Malaysia

The sense is in the experience

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 10

LED headlights, read 'em and weep

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).

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 11

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.

Saying the Civic 1.8S is a better RM 100k car than the Honda City RS e:HEV is flawed logic, here's why 12

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?

Sanjay

Senior Writer

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.

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