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Honda City 1.5 VTi-L (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2009

Honda's City sedan shares mechanicals with the Jazz hatch. But pricing for the VTi-L is the same as its slightly larger brother, the Civic VTi 1.8.
City VTi-L offers good safety features, though disappointingly no ESP as standard or option.

Our five-speed manual city proved an easy car to drive with sufficiently competent steering and handling, plus well laid out controls enhanced by tilt steering and on VTi-L, reach adjustment also.

The 1.5-litre engine is a willing worker though not overburdened with torque, needing to be revved to give its best.

For its size, interior space is good and the boot is surprisingly large, though the hinges aren't concealed and intrude into useable space.
Honda City 1.5 VTi-L 2009


Good ergonomics and ease of driving, large boot


No ESP, lacks torque

Key features

16-inch alloys, air conditioning, alarm, cruise control, MP3 compatible CD with USB and aux inputs


Dual front, front side and full length curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Honda
Vehicle model City 1.5 VTi-L
Vehicle type Light Over $20,000
Year 2009
Price when new $22,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.