DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

After launching a slew of IMA hybrids between 2012 to 2014, Honda Malaysia (HM) has been resolute in its path to introduce more advanced versions of hybrid cars equipped with its Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) system, especially the Honda City. The company has been going back and forth with the decision to launch the sedan here since 2014, things going quiet amid concerns relating to the dry dual-clutch transmission in Japan.

Well, Honda claims to have rectified the issue through an extensive two-year testing programme which was conducted in Malaysia. The study led to the strengthening of several components within the dry dual-clutch transmission, giving Honda a good enough reason to finally give the Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid the green light for Malaysia. We are the only market outside of Japan to receive the hybrid duo.

Slotting in at RM89,200, the locally-assembled City Hybrid undercuts the range topping City V by RM2,800, which is incredible considering the breadth of upgrades that come with it. As a reference point, the 2012 Jazz Hybrid CKD was priced at RM89,900. This makes the City Hybrid one of the country’s most affordable hybrid vehicles on sale, second only to its new hatchback twin (2017 Jazz Hybrid, RM84,880), followed by the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid HEV (base variant, RM100k).

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

Headlining change here is a new 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle engine nestled under the hood. It’s a lean burn fuel injection (PGM-FI) DOHC unit, different from the 1.5 litre Otto-cycle SOHC engine found in the regular City. On its own, the former makes 110 PS and 134 Nm of torque (running a more fuel efficient cycle produces lower outputs), while the latter packs 120 PS and 145 Nm.

A single electric motor with 30 PS (22 kW) and 160 Nm is employed to assist the City Hybrid’s internal combustion engine (ICE), giving a total system output of 137 PS and 170 Nm. That’s well within the territory of 1.8 litre engines (down by just four PS and four Nm compared to the Civic 1.8), although a tad short compared to the Ioniq Hybrid’s combined 141 PS and 265 Nm output, which comes from a 1.6 litre direct-injection unit with a more powerful 44 PS/170 Nm motor.

Anyway, the i-DCD’s electric motor is state-of-the-art stuff, incorporating a new hot deformed neodymium magnet – which is said to have the highest magnetic force – that’s free from the use of toxic rare earth metals like dysprosium.

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

The magnet is jointly developed by Honda and Daido Steel, which apparently retains all the high heat resistance properties and magnetic performance required by a hybrid car’s electric motor. It is patented, of course, because the process of making such magnets without rare metals have never been achieved before.

Now, the motor makes twice as much power compared to the IMA system (30 PS/160 Nm versus 14 PS/78 Nm) while weighing just two kg more. It’s integrated into the transmission housing and is permanently attached to the first gear.

Juice comes from a 0.86 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s stored beneath the boot floor – the unit is lighter and more compact than the Jazz IMA’s 0.58 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery (42.5 kg vs 45 kg). The enclosing structure has been beefed up to protect it from catching fire in the event of a direct collision, and so far no such cases have been reported in over 860,000 units of i-DCD-equipped vehicles sold.

The thing with these batteries is that they’re widely stigmatised as costly to replace, but Honda claims the replacement rate is a lowly 0.103% out of 256,565 units of the similarly-powered Fit Hybrid in Japan, and it’s designed to last the car’s lifetime. Here, Honda Malaysia offers an eight-year, unlimited mileage warranty for the hybrid battery pack, and should it require a replacement after that, it will cost RM5,513 – not an exorbitant amount, and cheaper than the Hyundai Ioniq’s replacement battery (RM9,800), HM claims.

The battery’s worst enemies are extreme heat and cold, as well as stagnation. The battery risks being permanently damaged if charge levels remain too low for too long, usually over three months of non-usage. There’s even a warning chit glued to the underside of the hood explaining exactly this, advising owners to drive the vehicle for more than 30 minutes at least once every three months.

Power from the battery isn’t just supplied to the electric motor alone, but to the electric water pump and electric compressor. The latter, which costs RM4192.40 (with GST) to replace is no longer driven by the alternator, ensuring that the air-con will always introduce cold air into the cabin, even when the engine is off (when the vehicle is stopped or running in EV mode). Bet some of you are hearing the angels sing now, eh?

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

The new hybrid components contribute to a 69 kg weight gain over the petrol models, heavy enough to upset the car’s balance if not addressed accordingly. Mitigating efforts include retuning the front shocks and reinforcing the supporting A-pillars above them. The rear subframe benefits from improved rigidity and fatter dampers, yielding tangible gains in the ride and handling department. Honda even tightened the steering ratio by 15.6%, enhancing steering reaction for extra measure.

So, how does it drive, then? As with most recent hybrids, starting up in EV mode is a dead quiet affair. With enough charge, you can easily get one km of pure electric drive, two km at best if you’re easy on the throttle. The instant low-end torque helps get you up to speed with ease, thanks to the electric motor.

Transitioning between EV to ICE is as good as it gets, unobtrusive and with fairly faint vibrations. This “start-stop” function improves on the already impressive IMA system and is perceptibly more polished in execution compared to the coarser process in the Mazda2 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

There’s sufficient grunt at any speeds below the legal limit – the car pulls with pleasant vigour even in fourth gear at 80 km/h, albeit noisier than the SOHC engine – and only finds itself short of breath much later into illegal velocities. This has plenty to do with the new seven-speed dry dual-clutch transmission, now revised with shorter gearings to prevent slip and deliver a more engaging feel.

Honda engineers also cite increased reliability with this setup, an outcome achieved after doing over 7,000 km of unpremeditated “test drives” in Malaysia in the span of two years. Now you know why they’ve gone quiet. Some of the tests include crawling in heavy urban congestion, constant stop-go traffic, several runs to Genting Highlands and even a Hari Raya balik kampung trip.

Shift feel is very reminiscent to that of a conventional auto, fluid and predictable enough for just about anyone to get used to in next to no time, even if it’s your maiden encounter with twin-clutch gearboxes. Unlike its CVT-equipped siblings, there are physical cogs at work here, seven to be exact. This underscores the car’s sporty credentials (it’s called the City Sport Hybrid for good reason), with actual shifts overridable through the paddle shifters.

However, don’t expect DSG levels of snappiness here. It’s tuned to be a smooth operator and takes away the jerkiness typified by modern DCTs, especially in urban driving with frequent stop-go situations. But in most cases, the DCT is a breath of fresh air, and I’d pick this over a CVT any day. Besides, oil change intervals (using two litres of normal ATF, according to HM) for the DCT is at eight years (96 months) or 160,000 km compared to the CVT at two years (24 months) or 40,000 km. Also, no dreary CVT whine!

Once you’re in tune with the i-DCD powertrain, you should be able to get close to the claimed 4.0 litres/100 km fuel economy mark without too much trouble. We managed just 3.01 litres/100 km in a 50+ km fuel economy test over mixed roads in Kuala Terengganu, but of course your mileage may vary depending on your driving style.

In this case, frugal does not equal mundane, and the City Hybrid is certainly no regular econobox. Out on the B-roads is Mr Hyde’s turn to play – unleashing its full potential requires a simple push on the “S” button just northeast of the electronic shifter (unique only to the hybrid model). This sharpens throttle response and holds the rev higher, but gearshift pattern remains unaffected. Regardless of drive mode, there’s always drag when the revs hang, but this is used to charge the battery instead of laying it to waste.

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

The added body rigidity and larger shocks lend an obvious difference to the way it handles the bends compared to the regular petrol variant. It’s tighter on turn-ins, the tail follows with greater urgency and the quicker steering ratio administers a refreshing sense of thrill. Suffice to say, handling is much improved, perhaps closer to the Ford Fiesta than class leader Mazda2, although steering feedback leaves much to be desired. Yes, it’s quick to steer, but the disconnect is there, though far from being a deal-breaker for me.

It’s a flat-out B-segment tree hugger through and through, but those willing to give it a flex will be pleasantly thrilled by the heightened dynamic threshold. Stability at high speeds is also improved courtesy of the mechanical revisions. Speaking of which, there is a deliberate cut-off at 180 km/h to protect the battery from overheating.

The downside to all this suspension and rigidity tweaks is a firmer ride. Gone is the comfort and pliancy that existing City owners have become accustomed to. The dampers have a shorter travel distance, making road undulations feel more pronounced than the regular setup. It’s not punishingly harsh as the Volkswagen Vento 1.2 TSI, but still, be extra wary of potholes, guys.

Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD system is laudable on many levels, but the greatest accomplishment to me is brake tuning. Hybrid cars typically feel detached and unnaturally mushy in this area, common even among premium makes, but not for the City Hybrid.

Brake modulation – ventilated discs up front, drums for the rear – feels surprisingly natural and intuitive, almost unlike a hybrid. Brake force is now managed by an electric servo and is controlled by the ECU, which constantly monitors speed and heat to give just the right amount of “feel” and feedback through the pedal. It also recoups energy (regenerative braking) better than conventional setups, Honda claims.

In terms of equipment, the City Hybrid mirrors the City E, with items like halogen reflector headlamps with LED DRLs and shark fin antenna. The hybrid also gets the 16-inch triple-five spoke alloys with 185/55R16 Goodyear Excellence tyres and LED tail lamps from the range-topping City V, but makes do without the LED headlamps, fog lamps (interesting omission there, Honda) and ducktail spoiler of the range-topper.

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

Also, there’s no blue tint to the headlamps like on the Insight and Jazz IMA this time around, with just plain old hybrid badging on each side of the front fender and tailgate to denote the variant.

Now, the City and Jazz models vary extensively in dimensions, but both are identically wide at 1,694 mm. According to Shugo Watanabe, Honda Malaysia’s executive coordinator for sales, marketing and dealer development, the reason is because of B-segment regulation constraints in Japan (which limits width to a maximum 1,695 mm), hence their slab-sided bodies. The good news is, that regulation has recently been lifted, allowing for more flexible body styling in models to come.

The cabin is largely unchanged from the E, fitted with keyless entry and start, paddle shifters, cruise control, touch-panel climate controls and the new 6.8-inch double-DIN head unit with reverse camera. The display unit isn’t the best in the class (that title belongs to the Mazda2), and is ironically less user friendly compared to the old seven-inch model.

The surrounding plastics are hard and loses out on the soft-touch dash pad of the V, although speaker count remains at six with decent audio reproduction and the fabric seats (leather is only on the V) are supportive enough for long drives, for both driver and passengers alike.

What’s unique here is a special instrument cluster dominated by a large central speedometer. To its left is a digital display showing charge/discharge levels, and the right a six-mode multi-info display, operated via a trio of buttons on the bottom right side of the wheel. The decision to retain the urethane steering wheel is particularly unacceptable – it’s thin and feels cheap, not something I’d enjoy grabbing onto for tens of hours a week. Also, there are only four airbags (dual front and side) here, equalling that of the City E.

Rear passengers benefit from twin air vents at the back of the centre console, below which are dual 12V sockets. Legroom is unaffected by the hybrid retrofitting, so it’s still the best in its segment. There’s an air inlet on the right to feed cold air into the battery compartment; necessary because it does get warm when the hybrid system gets pushed too hard.

Boot volume remains the same, as a class-leading 536 litres, although fitment of the lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor means it has to make do without the space-saver spare wheel. Instead, you get a DIY temporary tyre repair kit comprised of an air pump and sealant liquid. It doesn’t take a genius to work it (we’ve got a video demonstrating just how below), but the temporary sealant is only good for punctures no bigger than four mm. If you get a blown sidewall, well, better have your tow truck on speed dial, then.

Considering all the upgrades the City Hybrid gets, it would’ve easily breached the RM100k mark, no doubt. Thanks to local assembly and Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) tax breaks, it is now one of the cheapest hybrids to ever grace the market, and it looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

There’s no hybrid-specific servicing required, which levels maintenance costs as per the rest of the City range (intervals remain at every 10,000 km). The car itself is given a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, and a separate eight-year/unlimited mileage warranty covers the lithium-ion battery. The 12V starter battery used to power ancillaries is exactly the same as petrol variants, costing no more than RM200 to replace.

DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid – charged goodness

Former and existing owners of previous IMA hybrids will remember the ghastly invoice issued at every 100,000 km service. Those engines had eight separate spark plugs, two for each cylinder (the new one only has one per cylinder). The cost to replace the plugs alone was close to RM1,000, but now it’s half that.

The big question now is, between the City Hybrid and the City V, which should you buy? For hesitant/unwilling adopters of complex hybrid technology, the latter offers good value by way of equipment. It’s kitted with LED headlamps and fog lamps (first in class, now joined by the Mazda2 GVC), eight speakers (two more than the Hybrid) and curtain airbags, on top of everything else the City E gets.

On the other side of the fence, the City Hybrid’s value proposition and circumstantiated reliability should give it a solid footing to convince first timers to embrace electrification on a budget. Allow me to analogise; if I am really determined to dive into the world of horology, I’d start with a Seiko – cheap, reliable and doesn’t cost a pretty penny to keep the movement running. If the fascination persists, the eventual destination would be a Rolex and, fingers crossed, a Patek. Who knows? The point is, I know where to start. You get my drift?


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An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.

 

Comments

  • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 18, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Honda, was the warning sticker directly Google Translate? The Bahasa translation is atrocious, as if it was not proof read by someone who writes proper Bahasa Malaysia. Not only was it grammatically incorrect, Indonesian spelling and terms was used erroneously.

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    • Practical car lover on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:00 am

      yes its atrocious. and as you said its worded in bahasa indonesia mostly. Is this car going to be marketed to indonesia??

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    • TOYOTA KING OF KINGS on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Finally, Honda following Seiko and more importantly, Toyota cues– reliable and affordable to keep the movement running.

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    • thepolygonal on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

      They are overlords, we cannot question their doings.
      Anyway… aiyoyo, really seriously? That translation to proper Bahasa Malaysia would have taken 10 minutes Honda. Perhaps this was an Indonesia export version car?

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    • Well... on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Eh, because it is Bahasa Indonesia. There is an English version, so there should be no problem that no one can understand what’s the warning about.

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    • Dude, hate to break it to you but that is written in Bahasa Indonesia not BM.

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    • BeemerFreak on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Because it isn’t bahasa malaysia, it’s Bahasa Indonesia. Frankly I find it pointless to print it in BM, those who can’t even read English has no business buying a car. Even HM’s website doesn’t list specs in BM, so how much difference does this sticker make.

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      • My england is bad on Sep 21, 2017 at 8:23 am

        Some jepunis german and france pipu cannot read england but they still can by luxuryyyyy

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  • MinigunEngine on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:29 am

    This engine idles and revs slightly louder when in S mode. It goes PRRRRRRRT like minigun. Not the conventional VRRRRM. Weird.

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  • Hayenadeblue on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:39 am

    If honda can offer non-hybrid, DCT with Honda Sensing, that would have made me drooling. Oh ya, curtain airbags too.

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  • Eternalgl0ry on Sep 19, 2017 at 2:17 am

    The problem is malaysia honda jazz/city engine is still SOHC while only the hybrid gets the DOHC.

    If the non-hybrid gets the DOHC. I will 100% go for non-hybrid.

    The hybrid is a pain in the butt because of the repair and defective fees. They will not let you change the battery even it is 49% not working. Trust me i know and experienced

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    • ex-VGM staff on Sep 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      SOHC engines has stronger low end power delivery compare to DOHC. this improves traction while at the same time provides driveability and improved fouel consumption. Honda had resorted to SOHC for more than 10 years to suit the environment needs (this include using i-VTEC engine which has better emission compare to VTEC)

      in the Sport Hybrid, that low end power delivery is done by the electric motor instead so the engine can have the DOHC valve gear to focus on top end performance.

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      • Lawson on Sep 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        Ex-VGM is correct. Long long time ago Honda already had NA engines that could rev to the moon and with output capable at 100hp per litres. But to comply with USA CASE regulation all car manufacturers deploys various ways. So hybrid + dual clutch by Honda is one way other than turbocharging etc etc. Maybe one could even say that dual clutch in Honda City is superior than Vento’s dual clutch system which is soley driven by its TC 1.2litre engine. I had my City hybrid already for 10+ days and would say that at above speed of 30km/hr it does everything better than the normal cvt driven City. At idling or slow speed the noise level emitting from DOHC engine towards me seems to be higher than from SOHC engine in the normal City. But at higher than 80km/hr the DOHC engine noise level is much more muted than from SOHC engine. Maybe the Goodyear Excellence tires is also playing its part here. Not 100% sure. The DOHC does have nice singing notes as gear change takes place, one after another, during half a pedal down. This is even when in Econ mode. The pick up pace of the normal City in Econ mode is way more tepid. Honda Malaysia should fit City Hybrid with ascoutic windsheild. My normal City cracked windshield cost about RM620 and labour & sealant by another RM400+. So I estimate an ascoutic windshield would only cost Honda Malaysia maybe only by another RM150. Cutting noise level by another 3 to 4db for this sum is worth it. Or at least keep stocks of ascoutic wind sheilds as another option for Honda owners if faced with cracked windshield. So if anyone wanted a City, or a Jazz, like on viagra on demand, he or she really have to get the Hybrid. Could new owners of hybrid City be mistakening “more stable for being for more pliant”?. Taking those long & big sweeping loops into or out of highways is with less feeling of understeer.

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    • Dwyane on Jan 13, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hi, so you recommend dont buy hybrid?

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  • Thinagar on Sep 19, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Very good presentation

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  • Dear Matt,

    Nice write up and awesome pics dude.

    Thanks for the sharing.

    On the flip side, some of my friends bought the city Hybrid and felt it is a lot more pliant than the normal petrol version. Which is kind of contradicting to what you wrote here. Maybe it’s depending on the individuals?

    Regards

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Hi Kenn,

      Thank you for the kind words! Perhaps what they are referring to is that it’s more pliant and composed while cruising on the highway? If so, then I concur, because it’s less floaty compared to the regular City.

      Hope that answers your question!

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      • Thank you for replying.

        I think that would be the case. I’d have to carpool with them more often to get the feel of the Hybrid in the city driving then.

        Thanks!

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  • Just asking on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Can the city drives as normal car if the hybrids system or batteries failed/ down?

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    • Based on what I heard from my friends, they say can still be driven as the 1.5L Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) can be started up and driven. Only downside is that you’ll only have 110PS of power and 134Nm of torque la

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Yes, according to HM, the car can still be driven because it has a starter motor powered by the regular 12V battery. Our friend (ABPP) here is right, the downside is you’ll only get power from the engine.

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  • After patching using the sealant, can the tyre still be used after driving to the shops to have it repaired?

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Hi Paul,

      It depends on the severity of the puncture, but under normal circumstances yes, it can still be used. Remember to drain the liquid sealant first before carrying out the patch job!

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  • passion on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

    wow awesome car. more choices for the public. very happy. the bahasa indonesia was fun though. hahahaha.

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  • Ben Yap on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

    top speed 180kmh is a tad too slow for the horsepower and torque it can deliver.

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  • Operation Manager on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Too expensive Honda. Buy Persona & save 30k.

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  • CK Hoe on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:32 am

    “LED headlamps and fog lamps (first and only one in class)”. Really? Mazda 2 had LED headlight for quite some time now and recently added LED foglights. So….

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Hi CK,

      You are right, I stand corrected. The Mazda2 GVC now gets full LED lighting and fog lamps as well. Cheers!

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  • Proton oh Proton on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Bravo Honda bring up City Hybrid. Toyota you guys still offering accessories instead of bring new technology for affordable price. And soik sendiri with C-HR

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  • Dogbert on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Matthew, very nice comprehensive writeup! Btw you got 3.01liter/100km over mixed roads in Trengganu?

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Bert! Yes we managed 3.01 litre/100km in Terengganu, which includes urban and suburban driving. Here’s a pic for your reference: https://paultan.org/2017/09/18/driven-honda-city-sport-hybrid-i-dcd/2017-honda-city-hybrid-media-drive-37/

      Not sure if it gets any better than that! Hahah

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      • karam singh on Sep 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        thats the secret recipe of reducing exhaust emission (which is to stop engine from running – something familiarised by Toyota Prius for almost 20 years). one will get superb fuel consumption as bonus.
        others include lower idle speed (from 900rpm down to 650rpm), more gear ratios so engine speed maintains in optimum powerband and last – a lower final gear ratio (not do-able in normal auto but possible in CVT)

        Honda’s previous IMA system works only in start-stop traffic (almost NONE when in Malaysia when the weather is hot) while Toyota Prius’s engine switches off below 40kmh and every time the driver released the accelerator. the reason why last gen Honda Insight and CRZ Hybrid has little savings in FC compare to City.

        Good move Honda.

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  • Tapper on Sep 19, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Good car and technology. Unfortunately, Honda Malaysia quality dropped significantly.

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  • Its me ... on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Fatboy looks better with a tee -shirt …good boy.

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  • Matthew, other than the stated warranties, does Honda Malaysia gives any years of free service for this model?

    Thank you.

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    • Matthew H Tong (Member) on Sep 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Shah,

      There’s no free service. Only labour costs are waived for selected service intervals (1,000 km, 10,000 km, 30,000 km, 50,000 km, 70,000 km and 90,000 km).

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      • Lawson on Sep 24, 2017 at 8:11 am

        My Honda salesman says he is not able to sell City or Jazz Hybrid as there is none avaiable. His SC is only allocated 5 units of hybrids per nonth. There are many more salesman in the SC than the allocated units. Good if Mattew could do a test drive against VW Vento TSI 1.2 turbo. Would be interesting if Matttew could point out the specific coupling mechanism that allow both the separate power input shaft (from engine and motor) to coupled or link together to drive the wheels. This is the major advancement of honda dual clutch over VW DSG transmission.

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  • epic phail on Sep 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    it’s Daido Steel not Daiso Steel

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  • what is the lifespan(lifetime) of the car ?

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  • I want that leather feel on Sep 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Was expecting the hybrid model comes with V spec. A little bit of leather will make this car looks a lot more luxurious!

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  • Carlson on Sep 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    AWD OR FWD ?

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  • Ng cm on Oct 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Everyrhing is good but totally spoil by the audio headset support multiple languages but not chineses characters. Honda please do recall and update software to perfect the car.

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  • buyul on Oct 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Good writing, Matt. Would love to see your comment for latest Kia Rio. 10k cheaper than this if I am not mistaken.

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  • Good article. Would love to read on the latest kia rio too. Very very enticing

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  • Good afternoon. Just want to ask if there is honda nsx available here in the Philippines? And where to buy it. Thank you so much in advance.

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  • shasharyzal on Nov 02, 2017 at 9:51 am

    As much as I love this, I love Kia Cerato more. Now they also got rebate.

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  • azraii on Nov 02, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    i don’t know man, Kia Cerato get better deal with rebate RM16K.

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  • azraii on Nov 02, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Kia Cerato got RM16K rebate. i think that is a better deal

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  • Walaupun i memang suka honda tapi kekadang i rasa honda macam overprice. Tak sesuai untuk semua golongan tapi haritu Ki bagi rebte sampai RM16k so i macam rasa nak beli. Memang gempak.

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