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After 6 months of waiting, Honda Malaysia finally revealed the price of the 2021 Honda City RS e: HEV hybrid version. The price in top cities is RM 105,950.

You read that right-the price of the top-spec Honda City has exceeded 100,000 ringgit, almost touching the price of the larger C-segment Honda Civic 1.8 S (109,000 ringgit).

Why is the City RS so expensive, and the early City Hybrid is cheaper 

The main reason is that City RS e: HEV's advanced dual-motor i-MMD (smart multi-mode drive) full hybrid powertrain is more expensive than the GM7-generation City Hybrid's single-motor Sport Hybrid i-DCD (smart dual-channel) many. -Clutch drive).

In fact, unlike the GM7-generation urban hybrid vehicle, the new urban RS e: HEV is driven by electric motors most of the time, including starting and regular city driving. City RS e: The gasoline engine of the HEV only charges the battery or travels at a higher speed.

Even the gearbox is very different. The previous generation model was equipped with a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission, while the powertrain of the new City RS e:HEV is quite different because it does not have a traditional gearbox.

Instead, the new City RS e:HEV gets an E-CVT, but this is just worthy of the name, because the actual transmission is much more complicated than the CVT.

But this is only the powertrain 

You are only half correct.

Recall that when Honda Malaysia launched the previous GM7-generation City Hybrid, its equipment largely reflected the mid-spec City 1.5E. Therefore, it only received two front airbags and two side airbags, bringing the total number of airbags to four. The 1.5 V maximum range variant adds curtain airbags, increasing the number of airbags to six.

However, with the new City RS e: HEV, Honda Malaysia redesignated the hybrid model as the model with the highest range. It is 19k ringgit higher than the City 1.5 V, and in terms of price, it is very dangerously close to the C-segment Honda Civic 1.8S.

In addition to the advanced powertrain, the RM 19k premium also adds Honda Sensing ADAS kit and Honda LaneWatch camera-two features that non-national B-class cars have never had.

It has the following functions:

  • Forward collision warning (FCW)
  • Damping Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Automatic high beam (AHB)

City RS e: HEV's ACC can only run at a speed of 30 km/h, while the higher mileage Civic, CR-V and Accord with LSF's ACC can completely stop the car. The system does not work in the case of non-stop traffic. When it is below 30 km/h, ACC will be closed and the driver will need to take over driving.

RM 100k+, I can buy Honda Civic leh 

Of course, we know that the smaller B-segment Honda City RS e: HEV is only RM3,000 less than the C-segment Honda Civic, but the latter is quite poorly equipped.

In addition to the regular six airbags and stability control devices, the Civic 1.8 S lacks Honda's sensor ADAS kit and LaneWatch camera. Only the first-class 1.5 TC-P model provides these features.

The price of the Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo is 25,000 ringgit higher than the entry-level model-which is a considerable price compared to the Civic 1.8 S.

Conclusion – City RS e: HEV still makes sense for 

Although it looks expensive, Honda City RS e: HEV still has a lot of room for development.

Considering that the City RS e: HEV provides comfort and safety features similar to the C-segment, we think the asking price of RM 106,000 is reasonable.

It is true that the Honda Civic (Civic) is a market segment higher than the city and offers a larger but simpler powertrain, but for the functions that the city provides in its RS interior, it is difficult to use its advanced i-MMD powertrain and Honda sensor ADAS kit to argue. .

The icing on the cake is the City RS e: HEV's 253 Nm of torque-more than Civic 1.8 S and Civic 1.5 TC-P. How about bragging rights?

It is as impressive as the City RS e: HEV, but it is still City-compared to Civic, it is a smaller B-segment sedan.

If you choose a Civic, your suitcase will be slightly larger (519 liters vs. 410 liters), and there will be more shoulder space for the rear occupants. Most importantly, at least for some buyers, the image of the Civic nameplate is better than that of the city.


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