Honda City 1.5 LX i-VTEC, Mazda 2 Sedan 1.5 Review
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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
22 Apr 2010

Can't stretch your budget for that spanking new Civic or Mazda3? Well, the City and the newly introduced Mazda2 Sedan could well be competent but yet more affordable alternatives.

Zooming in

The budget small saloon market has been dominated by a single model in recent years - the Toyota Vios. The Vios is a hugely competent small family car but when it comes to features and specifications, its old adversary, the Honda City easily trumps the perennial Toyota.

The City was first introduced in 1996 and just like the Vios, was specifically developed for Asian markets. The current City is the fourth generation model and just like its predecessor, the City's underpinnings are based on the popular Jazz compact hatchback.

The Vios too is also based on a hatchback model - the Yaris in this case. And then there's the new Mazda2 Sedan. As its name suggests, the Mazda2 Sedan is based on Mazda's small hatchback model. Like the Vios and the City the Mazda2 Sedan is also built in Thailand for the emerging markets in Asia.

Ideally, we would have wanted to pit the Vios against both the City and Mazda but the Toyota model was recently put through a facelift and will only be available at local showrooms in the coming weeks, hence it'll be only a two-way battle here between the well established City and the new kid on the block Mazda.


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Engine Capacity 1497cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.4:1
Bore x Stroke (73x89.4)mm
Power 120bhp @ 6600rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 104.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4395 x 1715 x 1470) mm
Wheelbase 2550 mm
Turning Circle 5 metres
Kerb Weight 1150 kg
Boot Capacity 502 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs


Engine Capacity 1498cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 103bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 137Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 98 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 170 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4224 x 1695 x 1465) mm
Wheelbase 2490 mm
Kerb Weight 1051 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums