If you remember the past, you would recall that the Honda Jazz has been among us before. Honda offered the Jazz to the Indian market when it was not quite ripe. The car failed to create any wave and was a sales disaster. It is hard to say if the car did not sell well because the market was not ripe or was it the car’s somewhat unconventional cab-forward design that did not go down well with the Indian buyers, we would never know perhaps.
Since cars like Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20 Elite are doing exceptionally well in India, Honda has tried their luck again with the Jazz. We do a comparison of the Honda Jazz Vs Hyundai Elite i20 and bring our take.
Hyundai Elite i20 Safety vs. Honda New Jazz Safety
- Number of Airbags22
- AirbagsDriver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbagDriver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag
- Engine ImmobilizerYesYes
- Parking AssistanceYes, Rear sensors with cameraYes, Rear sensors with camera
- Child Safety LocksYesYes
- Door Ajar WarningYesYes
- Central LockingYesYes
- ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)YesYes
- EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)NoYes
Hyundai Elite i20 Exterior vs. Honda New Jazz Exterior
- Front Fog LightsYesYes
- Rear Wash / WiperYesYes
- Rear DefoggerYesYes
- ORVMs (Outside Rear-view Mirrors)Internal adjustment-Electric with foldingInternal adjustment-Electric with folding
- Turn Indicators on ORVMsYesYes
Hyundai Elite i20 Interior vs. Honda New Jazz Interior
- Power WindowsAll WindowsAll Windows
- Power SteeringElectric Power, YesElectric Power, Yes
- Instrument ConsoleAnalog + DigitalAnalog + Digital
- Multifunction DisplayYesYes
- Adjustable Steering ColumnYes, Rake, ReachYes, Rake
- Seats MaterialFabricBlack Sporty Fabric
- Leather Wrapped SteeringYesYes
- Multifunction Steering WheelYesYes
- Sun VisorDriver & Front PassengerDriver & Front Passenger
- Seat Height AdjustmentManual AdjustmentManual Adjustment
- Start / Stop ButtonYesYes
- Rear Center ArmrestNoYes
- ClockYes, DigitalYes, Digital
Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort vs. Honda New Jazz Comfort
- Navigation SystemYesYes
- Ventilation SystemFully automatic climate control, YesFully automatic climate control, Yes
- Automatic HeadlampsYesNo
- Boot-lid OpenerInternalInternal
- Fuel-lid OpenerInternalInternal
- 12v Power OutletYesYes
- Second Row AC VentsYesNo
- Adjustable HeadrestsYes, Front and RearYes, Front and Rear
- CD / MP3 / DVD PlayerYesYes
- FM RadioYesYes
- USB CompatibilityYesYes
- iPod CompatibilityNoYes
- Aux-in CompatibilityYesYes
- Cup HoldersYes, Front and RearYes, Front and Rear
- Keyless EntryYes, Smart KeyYes, Smart Key
- Paddle ShiftersNoNo
- Infotainment ScreenNoYes, Touch Sensitive
Hyundai Elite i20 Instrumentation vs. Honda New Jazz Instrumentation
- TachometerYes, AnalogYes, Analog
- OdometerYes, DigitalYes, Digital
- Average Fuel ConsumptionYesYes
- Average SpeedYesYes
- TripmeterYes, 2Yes, 2
- Distance to EmptyYesYes
- Fuel GaugeYes, DigitalYes, Digital
- Engine Malfunction LightYesYes
- SpeedometerYes, AnalogYes, Analog
- Key Off ReminderYesYes
- Headlight ReminderYesYes
- Low Fuel WarningYesYes
- Fasten Seat Belt WarningYesYes
Hyundai Elite i20 Dimensions and Weights vs. Honda New Jazz Dimensions and Weights
- Length3985 mm3900 mm
- Width1734 mm1695 mm
- Height1505 mm1535 mm
- Wheelbase2570 mm2500 mm
- Ground Clearance170 mm160 mm
- Kerb Weight1515 kg (Diesel) / 1066 kg (Petrol)1154 kg (Diesel) / 1042 kg (Petrol)
- Boot Space285 litres354 litres
- Fuel Tank Capacity45 litres42 litres
Hyundai Elite i20 Body vs. Honda New Jazz Body
- Seating Capacity55
- Body TypeHatchbackHatchback
Hyundai Elite i20 Engine vs. Honda New Jazz Engine
- Cylinder ConfigurationIn-lineIn-line
- Valves Per Cylinder44
- Displacement1396 cc (Diesel) / 1197 cc (Petrol)1498 cc (Diesel) / 1199 cc (Petrol)
- Power (PS @ RPM)90@4000 (Diesel) / 83@6000 (Petrol)100@3600 (Diesel) / 90@6000 (Petrol)
- Torque (Nm@RPM)220@1500 (Diesel) / 115@4000(Petrol)200@1750 (Diesel) / 110@4800 (Petrol)
- TurbochargerYes (Diesel) / No (Petrol)Yes (Diesel) / No (Petrol)
- Engine LocationFront, TransverseFront, Transverse
- Fuel SystemInjectionInjection
- Emission NormBS IV g/kmBS IV g/km
- Fuel TypeDiesel / PetrolDiesel / Petrol
- ARAI Certified Mileage22.54 km/litre / 18.6 km/litre27.3 km/litre (Diesel) / 19 km/litre (Petrol)
Hyundai Elite i20 Transmission vs. Honda New Jazz Transmission
- DrivetrainFWD (Front Wheel Drive)FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
- Gears6 (Diesel) / 5 (Petrol)6 (Diesel) / 5 (Petrol)
Hyundai Elite i20 Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Honda New Jazz Brakes/Wheels and Tyres
- Front BrakesVentilated DiscVentilated Disc
- Rear BrakesDrumDrum
- Front Tyre & Rim195/55 R16175/65
- Rear Tyre & Rim195/55 R16175/65
- Wheels SizeR16R15
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.4 with the Honda Jazz 1.5 VX iDTEC and Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.2 with the Honda Jazz 1.2 VX iVTEC. Compare full features of the cars by clicking here.
Design and Exteriors
The Hyundai i20 Elite and the Honda Jazz are extremely different styled cars. The Honda Jazz is a radical, cab-forward design. The design philosophy makes the car somewhat bulbous and liberates space in the passenger compartment at expense of sporty looks that it could have had.
The Jazz tries to takes practicality to the maximum and is successful at it. The car is sharp elsewhere and you would notice that elongated and stretched back headlamps are Honda city like. The Jazz looks ultra futuristic no matter which ever angle you look at it. On the sides, you would notice very sharp character lines and on the rear, you will find the elegant tail light cluster that’s nicely integrated.
The Elite i20 on the other hand strikes immediately as a sporty and a more conventional design. The car is sharp, headlamps, hexagonal grille, taillights, every little thing. The blackened C-pillar that gives the impression of floating roof also makes the car look sportier. The boomerang shaped taillights look very modern. All-in-all, the Elite i20 looks somewhat conventional standing alongside the new Jazz.
Interiors and Features
Unlike the Elite i20, you would sit in a higher, more upright and ergonomic position in the Jazz. It is due to the tall-boy design of the Jazz. The Elite i20 uses black and beige color scheme, of which, we are not a big fans of. The car is feature rich and you get features like park-assist sensors with rear-view camera, keyless entry, gear shift indicator, glove box cooling, luggage lamp, front console armrest with storage space, height adjustable headrests, audio system with 1GB internal memory, steering position reminder, adjustable steering and height adjustable driver seat etc. The i20 Elite is perhaps the best equipped premium hatchback in this segment.
The Jazz too, would not lack any of the features that the Elite i20 provides. It would give you all but in addition - a 6.2 inch display unit with multimedia and navigation system. The cabin of the Jazz, unlike i20, is driver centric. Honda uses an all black theme with silver inserts for the interiors which looks much better than the i20.
Some of the other impressive features that make way into Jazz include - ECO lamp indicator, armrests for front and rear passengers, touch sensitive ventilation controls, paddle shifters with automatic petrol variant. (top variant).
Engine and Transmission
The Elite i20 offers petrol as well as a diesel engine – 1.2 litre petrol and a 1.4 litre diesel engine. The petrol engine uses a 5-speed manual gearbox and the 1.4 litre diesel uses a 6-speed transmission. The 1.2 litre petrol engine manages to produce 82bhp of power at 6000rpm and 115Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm.
The Honda would offer Jazz with two engines – 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol. The 1.2 litre engine produces 90PS of power at 6000rpm while maximum torque that is produces stands at 110Nm at 4800rpm. The 1.5 litre diesel engine create 100PS of peak power and impressive torque of 200Nm at low rev range of 1750rpm. The diesel comes with a 6-speed gearbox while the petrol uses 5-speed transmission. The CVT gearbox is available with petrol engine only and in case of the top variant, you also get the paddle shifters.
Safety and Mileage
The Jazz offers features like ABS with EBD as standard across entire diesel range. While the top variants of the cars come equipped with twin airbags. The Jazz diesel promises to deliver an impressive mileage of 27.3kmpl while the manual petrol promises 18.7kmpl and petrol with CVT gearbox – 19kmpl.
The Elite i20 offers ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and two airbags on the top variant (Asta). Some of the other features like central locking, child safety locks, seat belts for all passengers come as standard across all variants. The 1.2-litre petrol delivers fuel efficiency of 18.6kmpl on highways and 13.3kmpl in the city. The 1.4-liter diesel engine promises to deliver 22.54kmpl of mileage on highways and 18.4kmpl in city traffic conditions.
The new Jazz has certainly matured in terms of design, the new car looks futuristic and is totally in line with styling theme that other Honda cars bear. Go for the Jazz, the car offers better equipment level than the Elite i20 and the standard safety features (ABS with EBD) on diesel variants make the car even more desirable.
Watch our comprehensive video review of the Honda Jazz below
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