Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Honda Jazz vs the Competition

So, Honda has finally released their all-new, Jazz. But where does it sit next to its competition? Well, we’ve stacked it up against its most likely competition in the sub-compact, gasoline-powered hatchback segment: Chevrolet Sonic 1.4 LTZ, Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, Kia Rio 1.4 EX, Mazda2 1.5, and Toyota Yaris 1.5 G. We actually wanted to pit it against the Suzuki Swift 1.4 as well, but data for its interior dimensions are rather hard to find.

The information presented below cannot be too segment specific since we will try to make this a regular feature of this site. Thus, the fields of comparisons must be more or less apply to most, if not, all vehicle classes, makes and models. This serves as a handy reference guide only. The best figures are presented in bold.

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13 comments:

  1. Thanks for this.

    Can we get the same comparison for the M/T variants?
    I have a preference for Manual Transmission over Automatic.

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  2. Isn't the 2014 KIA Rio 1.4 EX 5DR-HB is PRICED at 858k? Based on your Price List.

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    1. I stand corrected. It was a typo. The image has been fixed.

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    2. VSA is also standard for the VX and VX+ variants for the jazz. I wonder why stability control was omitted in the equivalent City VX variant.

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    3. Checked with Honda. VSA is standard also on the VX. Again, I stand corrected. Some times I've having a tough time looking through all the rows!

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  3. How the hell did Honda made this Jazz so spacious? Rear leg room is just spacious like the new City.

    It also trumps most Compact Cars in the Rear leg room department. (99 cm)

    Most common Compact Cars (Sedan)

    Altis - 105 cm
    Civic - 92 cm
    Lancer - 92 cm
    Mazda3 - 91 cm
    Impresa - 90 cm
    Focus - 84 cm

    Its not about the length of the wheelbase anymore. Great job Honda!

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  4. Maybe because the others prioritized front seat space and body rigidity and handling? When you remove the center hump on the rear floor area you lose some of the torsional rigidity provided by the longitudinal member running through the floor. Which in turn affects the handling and the long-term chassis durability of the car. That's the compromise Honda made when it introduced those flat rear floors in the 7th-gen Civic.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the rear seat space in this class of vehicles unless you carry 4 or 5 persons in it all the time. After all, these aren't meant to be chaffeur-driven executive rides.

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    1. Ditto my opinion.

      So that's why our new Forester has this hump in the middle...

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    2. Uh, no. Your new Forester has that because it has 4-wheel drive, the transmission propshaft has to pass through that transmission tunnel in the middle of the floor. For front-wheel drive vehicles obviously it's not used as a transmission tunnel, but it's still there to provide body rigidity. Honda, and later Toyota decided to get rid of it for more rear seat legroom at the sacrifice of handling & chassis durability.

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  5. Uly, for a fairer comparo, you should include the NA 1.5L Ti-VCT for the Fiesta (112hp, 140Nm) and note that the 1.0L EcoBoost engine above is *turbocharged*, before some less-alert readers think that the 1.0L engine is some awesome, high-tech, naturally-aspirated miracle. :P

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  6. Awesome! I needed this info. Thanks! :)

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  7. So what are S and L stands for their CVT?

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  8. I know this is hard work, but hope you can also make one version for Manual Transmissions. Thanks for this!

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