Honda City Hatchback
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Expert Review - Honda City Hatchback GN5/GN6 (2021-Present)

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Date Reviewed
19 November 2021
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value
Overall Rating

If you own the previous Jazz, this is not much of an upgrade. But we will say this: for those stepping into this territory for the first time, nothing comes close to matching the level of practicality the City Hatchback offers.

For
  • Super practical Ultra Seats
  • Punchy 1.5 litre DOHC engine
  • Spacious rear seating
  • Modern and airy cockpit
  • Responsive 8" touchscreen
Against
  • Loud engine and CVT
  • Steep asking price for City RS i-MMD
Performance

The new 1.5L DOHC engine feels more eager to perform compared to the older SOHC engine. "In-gear" acceleration is now much more brisk. The i-MMD hybrid, on the other hand, is more geared towards maximising efficiency instead of offering outright performance.

Ride & Handling

Suspension is a tad more rigid than before, so the City feels more surefooted in the corners and more stable on highways. Steering is light, making it more wieldable and easy to manoeuvre. The Mazda 2 still feels the most zippy, though.

Comfort

The stiffer suspension knocks ride comfort down a few notches, but the spacious and airy cabin continues to be unmatched. Rear air vents come as standard, too!

Safety

Honda Malaysia continues to push Sensing down the range, but as of now, only the top RS variant is fitted with it as standard. Hopefully more variants will get Sensing in the future.

Space

The City Hatchback scores full marks here for being the most spacious and practical B-segment hatch in the market. Nothing else comes close.

Value

It's expected to cost slightly less than its sedan counterpart, without sacrificing much in the way of equipment levels. You're also getting a lot of utility for a car as compact as this.