Philippines 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS review: A worthy successor
Philippines 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS review: A worthy successor

Philippines 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS review: A worthy successor

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Review Judgment: The 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS is fun, practical, and a worthy successor to the Jazz for people in the Philippines.


  • Nice handling
  • Plenty of legroom for everyone
  • Have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Lots of configurable cargo space


  • More expensive VS non-hatch variant
  • Not many extra features for the price

Specifications of Honda City Hatchback RS 2022 Indonesia

  • 1.5L L15ZF engine with i-VTEC
  • 119 hp @ 6,600 rpm, 145 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Suspension: MacPherson Strut (front), Torsion Beam (rear)
  • Brakes: Ventilation Disc (front), Drum (rear)

Hard times for hatchback lovers in the Philippines, especially if you are a Honda fan like me. While the Jazz’s exit from the company’s ranks has left a hatchback-sized hole in my heart to this day, Honda made up for it by releasing the 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS in the country.

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The outside part

If you’ve ever seen the new Honda City, you already know what to expect from the 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS. The front looks sportier than the previous-generation City, so it looks a lot like the current-generation Civic at first glance.

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Everything that makes the current generation City great is in the hatchback variant: the wing-face grille, sleek headlights and DRLs, fog lamps and full LED headlamps.

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Once you look at the back of the car, you will be able to see how different it is from a regular sedan. The hatchback has a more prominent tail than the sedan and also has a large diffuser that looks like carbon under the bumper. The hatch work isn’t frivolous or ill-fitting – the addition of the hatchback looks very well thought out, and the car looks a lot sportier because of it.

The only thing I’d change if I bought it myself are the wheels – the 16-inch wheels look too small to even consider the style – going up a size to 17 might complete the hatch look a bit better here.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a Jazz – it’s not as short as the Jazz (albeit 8 inches shorter than the sedan) and it doesn’t have the same visual appeal as the iconic hatchback.


To no one’s surprise, the interior of the City Hatchback RS is exactly the same as that of the tallest City RS. The instrument cluster and gauges are modern and stylish with lots of red accents, especially on the dashboard, steering wheel and glove compartment.

The entertainment system is dominated by a touch screen measuring 8 inches. The infotainment system lacks many built-in features when your phone isn’t connected via Android Auto or Apple Carplay. Apple’s and Google’s solutions do most of the heavy lifting here, which isn’t a bad thing for you, but you’re missing out on high-end features like Honda Sensing that are built into Honda’s more expensive Civic lineup. But given that the high-end City Hatchback RS is pretty close to the base price of the Civic, you’d think you’d be getting a lot more.

The seats also have red-accented fabrics, and there’s enough room to comfortably seat five people in them. The legroom in the second row is great, thanks, of course, to the hatchback nature of the car.

Open the tailgate and you’ll gain access to a cargo area roughly the same size as a sedan. But because it’s a hatchback, the Honda City Hatchback RS can fold the seats so they’re completely flat and parallel to the cargo area giving you enough room to fit almost anything a larger SUV can do. Honda calls it the Ultra Long Tall Refresh (ULTR) system, and it’s especially useful when you’re hauling bulky, bulky items that wouldn’t necessarily fit in a traditional sedan.

Comfort and Driving Dynamics

The Honda City Hatchback RS rides slightly differently from its sibling sedan, thanks to a slightly stiffer chassis. The steering feels solid and steady on both the highway and city roads, and the suspension works well to minimize the impact of potholes and bumps on our road so as not to interfere with the driving experience.

The car is powered by the L15ZF, Honda’s venerable 1.5L engine that has been in countless other models. It’s a proven platform, and this one makes 119hp and 145Nm of torque, with a limiter of 6,600 RPM. The engine’s dual-cam i-VTEC system paired with a CVT transmission is able to transmit power to the front wheels evenly and cleanly, although it has a bit of lag when you step on it VS carefully feeding the car’s throttle.

The car has cruise control but it’s not adaptive so you’ll have to adjust and adjust it yourself depending on the driving conditions, which is a bit annoying, especially on long trips out of town. By the way you see a combined fuel economy of 13.5 km/l for highway and city driving, based on our trips with it around town and going to Batangas on the weekend we got it.

The car is also quite safe, thanks to many features including stability control and side curtain and knee airbags.

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Closing and decision

The 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS is as good a hatch as we found in our Philippines review, but it’s not a Jazz, and that’s okay. With fewer and fewer hatchbacks available in the market, this is one of the nicer hatchback options you can get locally.

The biggest caveat here is that it’s quite expensive, starting at Php 1,125,000 for the RS model, and even more expensive at Php 1,145,000 if you choose to get it in a custom color. That’s a pretty big price increase from the regular City, which starts at Php 899,999 and goes up to around a million for the CVT model. It’s close to Civic territory, and if I personally had to make that choice, I’d probably be paying a bit more to get a base Civic than this car, my love for hatchbacks be damned.

Review of Honda City Hatchback RS 2022 Indonesia

The 2022 Honda City Hatchback RS is priced at Php 1,125,000 and goes up to Php 1,145,000 if you get it in a special color.

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