Very spacious, decent looks, good options, economy
Base price, manual gearbox availability, hard cabin trim
The Thai-built Honda City returns in 2009 with a full redesign. Sporting one of Honda's numerous corporate front-ends, it looks good for the first time ever, and comes with enough cabin space to rival some midsize cars. Based on the new platform shared with the Jazz, and powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic, this front-wheel-drive sedan has grown in size, with a full list of interesting options. Standard features on the basic City LX include 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, body-colour bumpers, electric power steering, power windows, power door locks, manual a/c, CD/MP3 player with USB/AUX connector and 2 speakers, stereo volume-compensation depending on speed, trip computer, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and an immobiliser. The City EX adds paddle shifters, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tip, front and rear armrests, split-folding rear seat, stereo controls on the steering wheel and 4 speakers, and keyless entry.