Jazz vs Dzire Comparison

Honda Jazz vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Dzire Comparison
Verdict: Jazz is better than Dzire
Price & Features Comparison: Most popular variants in this segment are usually diesel powered and costing somewhere in the range of 7.5 to 8 lakh rupees, which is why we have compared the Dzire ZDi variant costing 7.82L to Honda Jazz SV variant costing 7.65L (all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi). As you can see below, Dzire has much more features than a similarly priced Honda Jazz.
Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Boot Lamp, Tilt Steering, Fuel Computer, Electric Boot Release, Fog Lamps
Extra Features in Dzire: Parking Sensors, Climate Control, Electrically Folding ORVM, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Alloy Wheels
Extra Features in Jazz: Parking Camera, 5" Colour Display

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: The diesel Dzire has an ARAI certified mileage of 26.6 kmpl, which is still 0.7 kmpl less than Jazz's jaw dropping 27.3 kmpl. In our back to back tests there was absolutely no difference between the fuel efficiency of both the cars. The manual geared Dzire powered by the petrol engine is rated at 20.85 kmpl by ARAI, which is 2.15 kmpl more than the Jazz's 18.7 kmpl. But in our real world tests there was hardly any difference between the fuel economy of both the cars. The automatic geared Dzire has an ARAI certified efficiency of 18.5 kmpl, which is 0.5 kmpl more than the CVT Jazz. But in our back to back tests, the auto geared Jazz was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Dzire.

Performance & Driveability Comparison:
Diesel: Jazz has far better drivability than the Drize on city streets. Dzire has far too much turbo lag below 2000 rpm making it a pain to pilot around town. Jazz's turbo, on the other hand, start spinning from as low as 1500 rpm giving it a linear power delivery and making it one of the easiest cars to drive. Both cars have a potent mid-range making short work of overtaking commercial vehicles on the highways. Jazz's only disadvantage is that its engine is too vocal compared to the Dzire's thanks to extra layers of sound deadening material that Maruti has added in their car.
Power (PS@rpm): Dzire - 75@4000, Jazz - 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Dzire - 190@2000, Jazz - 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Dzire - 1055, Jazz - 1145
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Dzire - 71, Jazz - 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Dzire - 180, Jazz - 175

Petrol: Both cars are powered by tiny little 1.2 litre, non-turbocharged mills, which take all the fun out of driving these sizable vehicles. Both engines are sorely lacking in low-end torque, which makes them irksome to drive in city traffic. However, Suzuki surely has managed to copy the charachteristics of Honda's iVTEC mill while developing their K12 engine. It has even managed to make it remarkably free revving like the iVTEC, which is no mean feat. Both engines also deliver some strong performance at the top-end of their rev range and play a musical exhaust note as well. Both cars are also available with an automatic gearbox. Honda's CVT unit is far better than Suzuki's conventional torque convertor. It is much smoother and easier to drive in city traffic than the Dzire's unit, which takes its own sweet time to shift gears. However, the Dzire's unit feels slightly better on the highways, where it can at least shift down to a lower gear during overtaking while Jazz's CVT gets caught out by its rubber band effect.
Power (PS@rpm): Dzire - 84.3@6000, Jazz - 90@6000 
Torque (Nm@rpm): Dzire - 115@4000, Jazz - 110@4800
Kerb Weight (kg): Dzire - 945, Jazz - 1040
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Dzire - 89, Jazz - 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Dzire - 122, Jazz - 106

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison: Neither the Jazz nor the Dzire ride comfortably over the bumps, both are sprung slightly on the stiffer side causing sharp undulations to filter through to the occupants. Passengers travelling in the rear seats be warned. However, the Dzire is slightly more keen and enthusiastic at cornering than the Jazz. The Jazz has been set-up to understeer way before the limit, while the Dzire is comparatively more pointy and agile around the corners. Both cars have overtly light steering setups but the Dzire's is slightly quicker and more chuckable than the Jazz.

Space & Comfort Comparison: Contrary to age old conventions, its the hatch which is more spacious than the sedan being compared here. Jazz has acres of space, especially in the second row, which is remarkably comfortable for three adults over the longest of journeys. Dzire's second row, on the other hand is positively claustrophobic. Legroom and knee room is in short supply as is shoulder space. But it is not just the space which gives the Jazz an advantage over Dzire. Even its ergonomics are way better with excellent lumbar support and slightly firm cushioning that makes a huge difference on long journeys. Then there's the unmatched flexibility of Honda's Magic seats which can split, fold, tumble, and even be completely removed to give a cavernous square shaped box which can gulp down large washing machines, small refrigerators, computer tables, chest of drawers etc. On paper though both cars have a specified boot volume of 350 litres.

After Sales Service Comparison: Both brands have worked hard and developed stellar reputations for product reliability and service support in the country. But Maruti-Suzuki still has a huge lead over honda when it comes to the sheer spread of its service network, although service availability of Honda is not going to be an issue if you are a city dweller. No wonder then that both the cars hold excellent resale value in the used car market.

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