It's been almost a year since Honda premiered the all-new City abroad. Now, the fifth-generation model is finally here. So what's the Philippine-spec like?

The 2021 Honda City sees a major shake-up of the variant range. The E, VX, and VX + variants are no more. Now, there are four available for the local market, namely the S M/T, S CVT, V CVT, and the top-spec RS CVT. It follows the same nomenclature as Thailand (where it now comes from), although it's a little different here in the Philippines. Over there, they have the S, V, SV, and RS.

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Back to the local model and all variants are equipped with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. From the outside, the S and the V versions are almost indistinguishable, but there are a few key differences. The S rides on 15-inch alloy wheels come with fender-mounted turn signals, and body-colored door handles. The V on the other hand has 16-inch alloy wheels, side mirror-mounted turn signals, and chrome door handles. As for the RS, it gets gloss black highlights, a honeycomb grille, a trunk lip spoiler, a rear diffuser, LED headlights, foglights, and two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels.

The difference per variant is more noticeable inside. That said, all CVT-equipped models come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth with two USB ports. All variants get a comprehensive multi-information display, push-to-start button, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and seat height adjusters. The S CVT features a digital air-conditioning display and a black interior. The V on the other hand gains air-conditioning vents at the back, Ivory (white) trimmings, automatic climate control, a center front armrest, and cruise control.

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In the top-spec RS, it has everything the V has plus leather and suede seats and trimmings, red highlights and stitching, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and sport pedals. The RS is also the only one with a rear 12-volt socket at the back, along with an eight-speaker sound system. Another unique feature in the RS is the infotainment screen, which has a red display instead of the blue ones found in the S and V.

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Honda significantly boosted the standard safety equipment in the all-new City. All models get dual front and dual side airbags, and the RS adds a pair of side curtain airbags for good measure. The V and RS variants also benefit from a multi-view reverse camera. More importantly, all get stability control standard, and yes, that includes the base S M/T.

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Now for the engine, it's the familiar 1.5-liter, i-VTEC, but upgraded this time around. It now has dual overhead cams, and it's good for 121 PS and 145 Nm of torque. That's one more horsepower than before but torque is still the same. Regardless of variant, that's the engine that will power the whole City range. However, the manual transmission gets an upgrade, adding an extra gear to give it six speeds.

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Prices for the 2021 Honda City range are as follows:

City S M/T: Php 838,000

City S CVT: Php 878,000

City V CVT: Php 968,000

City RS CVT: Php 1,048,000