Expert Review - Honda City Hatchback GN5/GN6 (2021-Present)
19 November 2021
If you own the previous Jazz, this is not much of an upgrade. But we will say this: for those stepping into this territory for the first time, nothing comes close to matching the level of practicality the City Hatchback offers.
The new 1.5L DOHC engine feels more eager to perform compared to the older SOHC engine. "In-gear" acceleration is now much more brisk. The i-MMD hybrid, on the other hand, is more geared towards maximising efficiency instead of offering outright performance.
Ride & Handling
Suspension is a tad more rigid than before, so the City feels more surefooted in the corners and more stable on highways. Steering is light, making it more wieldable and easy to manoeuvre. The Mazda 2 still feels the most zippy, though.
The stiffer suspension knocks ride comfort down a few notches, but the spacious and airy cabin continues to be unmatched. Rear air vents come as standard, too!
Honda Malaysia continues to push Sensing down the range, but as of now, only the top RS variant is fitted with it as standard. Hopefully more variants will get Sensing in the future.
The City Hatchback scores full marks here for being the most spacious and practical B-segment hatch in the market. Nothing else comes close.
It's expected to cost slightly less than its sedan counterpart, without sacrificing much in the way of equipment levels. You're also getting a lot of utility for a car as compact as this.