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April 20, 2021

2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Arrives In The Philippines For P 1.115M (w/ Specs)

Meet the newest member of the Honda City family: the first-ever 2021 City Hatchback. Designed to meet the needs of a wider group of customers, the City Hatchback fuses the defining characteristics of Honda’s sub-compact sedan—sportiness, spaciousness, and efficiency with the everyday versatility of a five-door hatchback.

The 2021 City Hatchback rides on the very same platform, and even shares the same exact 2,600-mm wheelbase measurement of its sedan sibling. To the naked eye, it’s basically the City sedan from the B-pillar forward, although on closer inspection, the City Hatchback does have a slightly taller roofline (up 21 mm).

The difference, though small, sets the tone for the City Hatchback’s added interior room. The all-new City is already known for its class-above spaciousness, but the City Hatchback takes things higher by freeing up even more rear legroom, while also adding the versatile ULTR seats.

A feature originally found in the Honda Jazz, this gives the City Hatchback the ability to adopt to its owner’s lifestyle by increasing its load space into one of four configurations: Utility (U) where the rear seats fold flat to increase rear storage space; Long (L) where the front passenger seat and rear passenger seats fold to accommodate long items; Tall (T) where the back seat cushions fold up to accommodate tall items; and finally, Refresh (R) where the front passenger seat can be made to connect to the rear seat creating a makeshift bed or relaxation space.

Like the City sedan, the City Hatchback is powered by a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine making 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Mated to this is a CVT gearbox with paddle shifters. It also comes with Honda’s full gamut of fuel efficiency measures such as an eco-coaching light and ECON mode. Real world performance and fuel economy should be at par with the sedan given that the City Hatchback is just a tad heavier at 1,141 kilograms (up 21 kilograms).

As a style icon, the City Hatchback doesn’t disappoint, and comes solely in the high-end RS grade. Like the City RS sedan, the City RS Hatchback gets RS-specific bumpers front and back, a honeycomb grille, black sport side mirrors with turn signal indicators and rear spoiler, and RS emblems. Illumination is provided by LED head- and taillights, complemented by LED daytime running lights and front fog lights. For those keep score, the only noticeable between the sedan and hatchback is down to the 16-inch wheels with the City Hatchback getting Berlina Black alloys to the sedan’s two-tone machine-cut wheels.

The same RS treatment continues inside with the City RS Hatchback’s all-black motif with sporty red accents. Like the City RS sedan, the City RS hatchback has leather/suede combination seats, a leather steering wheel, automatic climate control with rotary knobs, aluminum sport pedals, push-button start/stop, and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/WebLink and eight speakers.

The City RS Hatchback also continues the City sedan’s impressive showing at the ASEAN NCAP. The five-star rated sub-compact carries 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and Vehicle Stability Assist as standard. It also has a multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines.

The 2021 City RS Hatchback is now available at all authorized Honda dealerships nationwide. It comes with a suggested retail price of P 1,115,000 (a P 57,000 premium over the City RS sedan), and will come in four colors: Ignite Red Metallic, Meteoroid Gray Metallic (exclusive to the City Hatchback), Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic (coming in June 2021), and Platinum White Pearl. While the City RS Hatchback is affected by the P 70,000 DTI safeguard bond, Honda Cars Philippines is implementing just a P 13,000 deposit to reduce the burden on City Hatchback buyers.

2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Specifications
  • Overall Length: 4,349 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,748 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,488 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
  • Front / Rear Tread: 1,495 mm / 1,483 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 134 mm
  • Turning Radius: 5.0 m
  • Curb Weight: 1,141 kg
  • Cargo Capacity (RR Seats Up / RR Seats Folded): 289 liters / 841 liters
  • Seating: 5 people
2021 Honda City RS Engine and Transmission
  • Type: 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC
  • Maximum Power: 121 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 145 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • ECON Button
  • Eco-Coaching
  • Drive-By-Wire
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Cruise Control
  • AT Shift Lock
  • Emissions Rating: Euro 4
  • Remote Engine Start
2021 Honda City RS Suspension, Brakes, Steering
  • Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension: Torsion Beam Axle
  • Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes: Drum
  • Parking Brake Type: Hand Brake
  • Steering: Electronic, Rack & Pinion
  • Steering Wheel: 3-Spoke Leather
  • Controls: Audio & Hands-Free Telephone w/ Voice Recognition Button
  • Adjustment: Tilt / Telescopic

2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Exterior Features
  • Full LED Headlights
  • Auto Off Timer (15 seconds after engine off)
  • Daytime Running Lights: LED Guide Type
  • Front Fog Lights: LED
  • Fog Light Garnish: Sport Type
  • Side Turn Signal Lights: Door Mirror-Mounted
  • Tail Lamp: LED
  • High-Mount Stop Lamp: LED
  • Front Grille: High-Gloss Black w/ RS Emblem
  • Front and Rear Bumper: Sports Type
  • Front and Rear Wiper: Intermittent w/ Washer
  • Door Handles: Body Color
  • Door Mirrors: High-Gloss Black, Power-Adjust w/ Power Fold
  • High-Gloss Black Tailgate Spoiler
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Tire Size: 185/55 R 16
  • Wheel Size & Type: 16 x 6J RS Design, Berlina Black
  • Spare Tire: Space Saver Type
2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Interior Features
  • Seat Material: Leather & Suede
  • Front Seat: Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest, Height Adjust for Driver
  • Rear: ULTR Seats with Adjustable Headrest
  • Front Armrest: Leather
  • Rear Center Armrest: w/ Cup Holder
  • Audio System: 8-inch Touchscreen Audio
  • Smartphone Mirroring: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, WebLink
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB Ports x 2
  • Speakers: 8 (4 + 4 Tweeters)
  • Automatic Climate Control with Rotary Knob Digital Display and Illumination
  • Rear Vents
  • Smart Entry with One Push Start System
  • Interior Color: Black w/ Red Trim
  • Interior Trim: Hand-Wrapped with RS Stitch
  • Interior Accents: Piano Black
  • Interior Door Handles: Chrome
  • Interior Lighting: Map Light, Dome Light, Trunk Light
  • Sun Visor: Vanity Mirror w/ Lid for Driver & Front Passenger
  • Grab Rail x 4
  • Bottle Holder x 4
  • Cup Holder x 4
  • Power Windows: w/ Auto Up/Down for Driver
  • Power Door Locks: w/ Speed Sensing Auto Lock
  • Windshield Defogger
  • 12-volt Accessory Socket: Front & Rear
  • Shift Knob: Leather
  • Aluminum Sport Pedal
  • Tonneau Cover
  • Gauge Indicators: Tachometer, Speedometer, Fuel Level, Fuel Consumption, Trip Meter, Range Computer, Temperature, Illumination Control
2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Safety & Security
  • Keyless Entry System: Smart Entry System
  • Multi-View Rear Camera: w/ Dynamic Guidelines
  • Driver & Front Passenger Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Front Seatbelts: 3-pt ELR x 2
  • Rear Seatbelts: 2-pt ELR x 3
  • Seatbelt Minder: Driver & Front Passenger
  • Driver’s Knee Bolster
  • ABS with EBD
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • G-CON Body Structure
  • Child Lock
  • Child Seat Anchors (ISOFIX)
  • Security Alarm w/ Immobilizer


  1. Over a million? No turbo? An outdated and recycled 1.5 liter engine....Good luck.

    1. Its got the honda badge. Honda fanboys will consume anything with the Honda badge.

    2. to be fair though Honda Indonesia and Honda Vietnam did the same :P

  2. Over 1.1M and Honda PH still found ways yo cut corners like rear drum brakes, no knee airbag, donut-type spare tire, rehashed decade-old redline peak HP 1.5L engine, rehashed rubber-banding unrepairable transmission, etc.

  3. I kinda wish Honda paired this with the i-MMD Hybrid instead :/

    It's high time Honda brings in a proper hybrid, even though the CRZ was one, its just way too impractical for most people.

    1. As if people are gonna buy a Honda City hatchback hybrid at 1.3 Million Pesos..Not really worth the risk.

    2. Exactly this. Until the government comes up with legislation making hybrids viable, we won't see it in the sub-compact class. Perhaps if Honda is ballsy, we'll see it in the compact sedan/compact SUV class.

      Turbo, sadly doesn't make sense too. It was designed to meet Thai eco car legislation specifically. They got tax breaks out of it and that's why pricing became viable. That's also the reason why Thailand gets the Mazda2 diesel and also a turbocharged Almera.

    3. Honda just likes to short change its Philippine customers. Bringing in Turbo engines won't be viable due to our "Poor fuel standards" while a Bently and Ferrari can survive at the local Shell station...

    4. They didn't give fuel as a reason. They simply said, it was the "appropriate engine" for our market. Again, it's down to Thailand having that eco car program.

    5. we just can't have nice things, can we? lol


      Good point tho, at 1.3m, just buy the civic ._.
      Bigger car at the same price hehe, or an HRV :O

  4. or at least bring in the new 1.0L turbo

  5. Also let's not fault only Honda for this, the Yaris costs 1.114M.

  6. We have gone backwards. What's up with the rear drums?


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