I own a city 2007, previously i owned a city Neo 1.5 exi, my bro owns a city (new shape), my father owns a civic, so..........
And yes the 2007 city is designed for economy and thus less acceleration and thats why i said GLI has a powerful engine than city. The latest model city's engine seems to be much better then previous one in terms of performance, though these are nothing compared to NEO.
And also my model of City, its no fun driving at speeds above 120 / 130 at motorway, cause its not that stable on high speeds. I was so used to NEO, though it had low ground clearance but that car was ultra stable even at speeds like 160 Plus.
Second i dont know about the quality of gli but the dash board finishing quality of new city is crap, even in my model, the silver colored paint on dashboard and inside of doors is not durable and even honda people say that its of low quality. So price hike with decreased quality.
New city does not even has a trunk light, my bro called me one night and asked me to bring a torch to him since he was out and his tire got punctured and he could not find the kit in the trunk cause it was dark.
But i still drive a city and when i have enough money i am gonna get a civic.