Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving Down Under in February 2009, the Honda City's smart, distinctive styling will appeal to a different target market than the funky Jazz hatchback; typical quality Honda build.

Receiving a mid-life facelift in May 2012, the City line-up received a number of tweaks both inside and out.

Both variants received redesigned brake lights, revised front and rear bumpers and a new chrome 'look' grille.

The VTi received a new rear micro antenna while the VTi-L received a set of new look 16-inch alloy wheels.
Not so good Basically, it's kind of a Honda Jazz with a boot. Whilst the Honda City is noticeably longer due to a stretched wheelbase, the width stays the same - so it’s narrower inside compared to similarly priced larger sedans.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The comfortable seats are positioned high ensuring good visibility; rear seat space offers plenty of legroom and decent head room; boot space is fantastic, is't even larger than a Commodore! With 60/40 split folding rear seats for carrying longer items.

The mid-life facelift in May 2012 saw a number of tweaks both inside and out.

Inside, both variants received aluminium-look treatment for the interior panels and trim, while the VTi-L got a little bit more blinged out with chrome look treatment to the audio and climate control.
Not so good Missing the myriad clever compartments of the Honda Jazz Hatch; The dashboard has too many hard & cheap looking plastics and rear seats don’t fold fully flat.
Performance

Performance

Good The smooth 1.5-litre engine sits happily at highway speeds while road noise is kept to a minimum in the cabin.

Honda's 1.5-litre that is also featured in the Jazz produces 88kW at 6600rpm and 145Nm at 4800rpm when mated to a 5-speed manual (5-speed automatic optional).
Not so good 145Nm of torque is nothing to excited about - if you purchased the city for the big boot and intend to fill it, then the Honda City might struggle.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good On most roads the City’s suspension provides a comforting ride, soaking up most bumps and pot holes seen on our unique Australian roads.
Not so good The electric power steering lacks feedback which is a turn-off for driving enthusiasts. However, in Honda's defence the Honda City isn’t meant to be a sports car; Handling is only competent.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Excellent fuel economy for a vehicle with this much interior space; A full size spare tyre instead of the now all-too-common space saver wheel and six airbags as standard!
Not so good Once price is taken into consideration the Honda City struggles to compete against a number of larger small family cars that are priced similarly; no Electronic Stability Control (ESC).