Words by Ferman Lao | Photos by Christopher Kho
The Honda City has been around for quite some time now. Since it was launched locally in the mid 90’s, it has become one of the most ubiquitous vehicles around. Back then, the model was only offered with an eco-miser 1.3L engine that came with either an old school carburetor or a more respectable electronic fuel injection system. Then a couple of years later, a 1.5L EFI version came along, which gained the City a much bigger following, as it was one of the most reliable and affordable cars available at the time.
Come the turn of the millennium, the SX8 (as it was fondly known to a huge number of its owners) had grown a bit long in the tooth and was given a complete revamp. Launched in 2003, the second generation City was a marked departure from the outgoing model and featured numerous avant garde improvements. Among them were a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and an innovative and highly flexible rear seats dubbed as ULT (Utility, Long, Tall) seating. These innovative features had never been available before in a local subcompact until the Honda City came along, showing people what a compact urban people mover ought to be.
So to see if Honda has kept its winning formula intact, we got our hands on a newly face-lifted third generation for a quick test drive.