Honda City Hatchback vs Honda City Sedan: A Battle of Specs

With the introduction of the Honda City Hatchback, which is currently exclusively sold in Thailand, Honda has once again disrupted the car industry with a new addition to its popular Honda City family. 

Honda City Hatchback

The introduction of the Honda City Hatchback implies that Honda follows the footsteps of its rival Toyota, who brought out a hatchback version of the Toyota Vios, with Toyota Yaris. 

This hatchback has also been rumored to be a replacement for the famous Honda Jazz in Malaysia. The Honda City Hatchback is set to make its appearance in Malaysia sometime this year but before that, here are the specifications of the Honda City in comparison to the Sedan and the Hatchback.

*Note: comparison and price are based on Honda City Hatchback that is released in Thailand.

Honda City Sedan VS Honda City Hatchback Specifications 

Exterior Dimension

Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
Length 4,553mm 4,345mm
Width 1,748mm 1,748mm
Height 1,467mm 1,488mm
Wheelbase 2,600mm 2,589mm

According to the dimensions, the Honda City Hatchback is relatively smaller which is expected as it is similar to other hatchbacks – it can pack as much as humanly possible into the smallest space available. 

However, the sedan might be the perfect car for families due to the spacious build as it can comfortably fit up to 5 adults comfortably. 

Meanwhile, the hatchback is better suited for working adults and first-time car owners, who need a simple, no-hassle car that is small enough to navigate through Malaysian roads. Plus, it is much easier to drive and park a small hatchback especially in tight corners and small spaces. 

Exterior Features

The front profile of both cars look similar as they share the same headlamp, grille, bumper, and bonnet design. The same characteristics continue down the sides as well, where a prominent line goes above both the car’s door handles, connecting both the front and backlighting units.

Honda City Hatchback

On the hatchback, the roofline is way longer to meet the roof spoiler that is placed just above the boot lid with a steep rear window. It also has its own tail light and rear bumper design.

Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
Halogen projector headlamps LED projector headlamps
LED daytime running lights Daytime running lights
LED rear combination lights LED rear tail lamps
16-inch alloy wheels with 185/60 profile tires 15-inch alloy wheels
Power adjustable and folding side mirrors with turn signals Power adjustable and folding side mirrors with turn signals
Shark fin antenna Shark fin antenna
Body-color door handles Body-color door handles
Keyless entry Keyless entry

The Honda City Sedan and Honda City Hatchback mostly have the same features but one obvious difference that can be seen in these cars is the size of the alloy wheels. 

There are huge advantages to having alloy wheels aside from it being very stylish. Large alloy wheels, as seen on the Honda City Sedan, fills in the wheel arches better and are more in proportion with the rest of the exterior body. They have more road contact, wider thread, and stiffer sidewalls, which directly contribute to better cornering and handling. 

Interior Features

Just like the exterior, the interior features of the Honda City Hatchback are pretty similar to its Sedan sibling. The dashboard is fitted with an eight-inch touchscreen ‘Advanced Touch’ head unit and large air vents, while on the center stack, there are controls for the air-conditioning system, a power outlet, USB ports, and a mini storage unit. The center console holds two cup holders, a gear stick, a handbrake, and more storage areas including one under the armrest.

One major difference between these cars is that the hatchback comes with Ultra Seats (allowing four-seat arrangements – utility, long, tall, and refresh mode) and offers more legroom than the former. 

Honda City Hatchback Ultra Seats

  • Utility Mode: Expand your boot to accommodate a bicycle or other bulky items by flattening both rear seats. 
  • Long Mode: Long objects are no longer a problem. Simply recline the front passenger seat and lower the rear seat to make room.
  • Tall Mode: Flip the rear seats up to create more floor-to-ceiling space to fit tall items such as plants and furniture.
  • Utility Mode: Long objects are no longer a problem. Simply recline the front passenger seat and lower the rear seat to make room.
Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
Push start button Push start button
Steering wheel audio controls Steering wheel audio controls
Standard audio with Bluetooth, hands-free phone, one USB port Standard audio with Bluetooth, hands-free phone, one USB port
Four speakers Eight speakers
Multi info display Eight-inch Advanced Touch system display
Manual air-conditioning with rear vents Single-zone automatic air-conditioning
Fabric upholstery leather/fabric upholstery
Cruise control Cruise control

Engine and Performance

The Honda City Sedan is powered by a 1.5 liter DOHC i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, which results in a maximum power of 121 PS (119 hp) at 6,600 rpm. It also has a peak of 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. For power in the front wheels, the turbocharged mill is paired with a CVT automatic transmission with ECON mode.

Honda City Hatchback Engine

The hatchback, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.0 liter DOHC VTEC turbo three-cylinder engine that delivers 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. The mill that drives power to the front wheel is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
Capacity (Liter) 1.5 1.0
Number of cylinders 4 3
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Horsepower (PS) 121 122
Rpm at Max Hp 6,600 5,500
Torque (Nm) 145 173
Transmission CVT CVT

Color, Variants, and Price

Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
Color
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Passion Red Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Meteoroid Grey Metallic
  • Sonic Grey Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Tafetta White
  • Ignite Red Metallic
Variants Four Variants – S,E,V and RS e:HEV Three Variants – S+, SV and RS
Price RM 74,000 – RM 86,561 RM 80,000 – RM 101,000

Safety Features

The standard safety features in both the Honda City Sedan and Hatchback are anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, reverse parking sensor, as well as rear-seat ISOFIX anchor points. The extra features in each car include:

Honda City Sedan Honda City Hatchback
4 airbags 6 airbags
Honda Sensing Features Honda LaneWatch Camera
Collision Mitigation Braking System Honda Sensing features
Auto High Beam

So, Should You Go For a Honda City Sedan or Hatchback?

Both cars are relatively good driving vehicles and your choice ultimately depends on your lifestyle. 

For working professionals, you might want to consider the Honda City Hatchback as it is a fuss, free car with most of the same features as the Honda City Sedan except that it is packed in a small, compact hatchback body. 

While for families, you might want to consider the Honda City Sedan mainly due to its large size and better safety features. 

Nevertheless, we hope this comparison will be able to help you pick your favorite Honda City when the hatchback is released in Malaysia this year. But one thing’s for sure: the Honda City Hatchback will sure be a fierce competitor to the available hatchbacks in the Malaysian market. 

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