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16.06.2015 - 11:18

We take the highly anticipated Honda Jazz and compare it with the Hyundai Elite i20

Comparison: Honda Jazz Vs Hyundai Elite i20. We compare the specifications of the two premium hatchback.

Hyundai raised the bar in the premium hatchback segment last year when it launched the Elite i20 and since then it has comfortably ruled the roost without any serious challenge. So we at autoX decided to pitch the newly launched Spartan Jazz against the Roman Elite i20 and find out whether the challenger can dethrone the king.


The Indian Car of the Year, the Elite i20, is one of most attractive looking cars on road, thanks to the new Fluidic Sculpture design. The massive trapezoidal front grille and the big swept back headlamps give it an aggressive stance. The top variants come with an impressive 16-inch alloy wheels while the entry and mid level trims get puny 14-inch wheels.


The Honda Jazz, on the other hand, retains its tall boy MPV-ish design to ensure that there is plenty of cabin space. The Jazz gets all new 15-inch alloy wheels, which look small when compared to its body. In terms of design, the Jazz is easy on the eyes, but it lacks the oomph the i20 has and therefore, the Hyundai remains the crowd puller.


The Jazz’s cabin is easily class leading as four over 6-feet adults in height can easily sit in the car without any complaints. It also comes with a lot of features like a 6.2-inch touch screen audio visual navigation system, which is not available in the i20. It is also equipped with a rear camera.


The i20 is the king features rear parking camera, which has a display screen on the rear view mirror. Though it has a 2-DIN audio system with 1GB storage and 8 speakers system, the small blue display looks very old school. Keep convenience in mind, the i20 has a keyless entry feature and comes with a start-stop ignition button, which sorely lacked in the Jazz.


The Jazz is powered by the same 1.5-litre, 98.6bhp, i-DTEC engine that is found in the City, Mobilio and Amaze. Within 1,800 rpm, you hear the engine noise in the cabin. It isn’t one of the paciest engines in the market, but according to Honda, it has a class leading figures of 27.3km/l.


Coming to the Elite i20, it has a 1.4-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine has a healthy torque of 219Nm, which helps propel this 89bhp power plant. But the downside is that the power rush can only be felt after 2,000rpm, so a certain amount of lag keeps you hanging when you step on the gas.


The Elite i20 still looks like a million bucks. And of course, Hyundai has loaded this hatchback with plenty of features – with important ones like rear AC vents. Both cars come with all the standard media and wireless connectivity.


If space and practicality is what you’re looking at, then choose the Honda Jazz, but if you want a premium hatchback that looks great, makes you feel special when you’re in the cabin, has decent power and handles well, then it has to be the Hyundai Elite i20.



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