Some of you might still be complaining why Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) didn't bring in the 1.0-liter Turbo VTEC mill from the City RS and City Hatchback in Thailand. Instead, what the Philippine market received was the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder L15B engine. According to HCPI Assistant Vice President, Mr. Koki Hattori, it's the most suitable option for the market. Furthermore, he adds that the 1.5-liter mill “has the best combination of power, torque, fuel efficiency and affordability”.

To prove how the engine is right for the Philippine market, HCPI conducted a fuel economy run on the new City 1.5 RS CVT and City Hatchback 1.5 RS CVT. After a total of 73.5 kilometers of highway driving, the City Hatchback managed to achieve a fuel mileage of 25 km/l, while the City sedan recorded 25.17 km/L. The best part? The figures are significantly better than the previous-generation City, which recorded 23.9 km/L back in 2017.

HCPI partnered with the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) to certify the results. To ensure that the fuel economy run was completed under realistic driving conditions, HCPI and AAP set several parameters for both vehicles. The first is the speed, set at around 60-80 kilometer per hour at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm. The other is the air-conditioning setting placed at low fan speed and temperature at approximately 24 degrees Celsius.

Given how fuel-efficient the City sedan and City Hatchback are on the highway, we're wondering how they would fare in an urban scenario with traffic. For that, we'll have to wait until we do a full review of Honda's new B-segment models.

“The fuel economy run is our own initiative, in partnership and supervision of Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP). Through this, we hope to provide customers accurate information that would aid them to form a decision in their car selection and purchase process. The positive results from the activity reaffirm the fuel efficiency of both City models, hopefully making them a favorable sedan and hatchback choice for the Filipino people,” said Masahiko Nakamura, president of HCPI.

It's sad we don't get the 1.0-liter Turbo VTEC engine, but HCPI did make sure we have something very fuel-efficient and familiar for the country. The only way to make the City sedan and Hatchback sip less fuel is if Honda brings in the hybrid e:HEV variant into the country.