Honda Jazz vs Elite i20 Comparison Review

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz Comparison:


"For years Hyundai kept procrastinating the decision to automate the Elite i20, and when they finally did, they used the age old torque converter unit. Worse still, their 1.2 litre mill was deemed unsuitable for it, pushing them out of the excise bracket, and making the Elite AT insanely expensive to buy."

Elite i20 vs Jazz Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features Comparison: 
Elite i20’s most popular variant, the ‘Sportz-petrol’, retails for 7.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi. Jazz’s cheapest petrol variant having ABS & Airbags is the mid-range ‘SV’ variant, which retails for 7.7 Lakh Rs, making it 20,000 Rs. more expensive than the Elite.

But that’s not all, in spite of being slightly cheaper, Elite i20 ‘Sportz’ has way more features than the Jazz SV. It has Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rear AC Vents and Telescopic Steering Adjustment. The Jazz ‘SV’ on the other hand has only 1 extra feature over the Elite i20 ‘Sportz’, which is its 5-inch Touchscreen.

Pricing of other Variants: 
Elite i20 Sportz (diesel, manual) - 9.00 Lakh
Jazz SV (diesel, manual) - 9.25 Lakh

Elite i20 Magna 1.4 AT (petrol, automatic) - 10.00 Lakh
Jazz S AT (petrol, automatic) - 8.25 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Auto-up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window, Parking Camera, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Jazz (SV MT): Touchscreen

Extra Features in Elite i20 (Sportz): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rear AC Vents, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 
Elite i20 diesel, has an ARAI certified mileage of 22.5 kmpl, which is 4.8 kmpl less than Honda Jazz’s mileage of 27.3 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests the Jazz was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the Elite.

The manual geared Elite petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.6 kmpl, which is more or less similar to Jazz manual’s mileage of 18.7 kmpl. The 1.4 litre engined, automatic Elite i20 has an ARAI certified mileage of just 14.6 kmpl, which is a whopping 4.4 kmpl lower than Jazz automatic's mileage of 19 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the manual Jazz was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the Elite, whereas the Jazz CVT was over 3 kmpl more efficient than the Elite AT.

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Elite i20 (petrol, manual) - 4.30 Lakh, Jazz (petrol, manual & automatic) - 3.85 Lakh, Elite i20 (petrol, automatic) - 5.25 Lakh
Elite i20 (diesel, manual) - 2.75 Lakh, Jazz (diesel, manual) - 2.25 Lakh

Performance & Drivability Comparison: 
Petrol: 
Both cars are powered by two of the best petrol engines available in the market, Honda’s iVTEC and Hyundai's Kappa2. Both engines are incredibly refined, free revving and have excellent outright performance albeit with weak low-end torque. However, both car have hefty kerb weights, particularly the Elite, which becomes quite a handful for its little engine. It feels grossly under-powered and needs to be revved hard to make any progress. This makes it a nuisance to drive around town. Jazz also suffers from a weak low-end, but is still much better to drive than the petrol Elite.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 86, Elite i20 – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 106, Elite i20 – 107

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 90@6000, Elite i20 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 110@4800, Elite i20 – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1042, Elite i20 – 1075

Diesel: 
Honda’s Earth Dreams Diesel engine is a far more drivable unit than Elite's 1400 cc CRDi unit. Elite’s engine has massive amounts of turbo-lag anywhere below 2000 rpm. Jazz on the other hand gets going from as low as 1500 rpm making it much easier to drive around town. Even mid-range performance is better in the Jazz and so is outright acceleration albeit by a small margin. However, the Elite does have sound deadening than the Jazz's unexpectedly vocal mill.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 87, Elite i20 – 75
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 175, Elite i20 – 184

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 100@3600, Elite i20 – 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 200@1750, Elite i20 – 220@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1146, Elite i20 – 1195

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison: 
The Jazz easily outwits the Elite i20 when it comes to road manners. In spite of being a big improvement over the old i20, the elite is still an uninspiring car to pilot around the bends. It has generous amounts of body roll and absolutely no feel or feedback from the surface beneath. The Jazz on the other hand feels far better, with good balance around the bends coupled to a well weighted steering rack, especially by Honda standards. Both cars have fairy average ride quality and overall aren't up to the mark, when compared to rivals like Polo & Figo.

Ground Clearance (mm): Jazz – 165, Elite i20 - 170

Wheelbase (mm): Jazz – 2530, Elite i20 - 2520

Tyre Size: 
Jazz: 175/70R14 (E), 175/65R15 (S, SV, V, VX)
Elite i20: 185/65R15 (Sigma, Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta, Alpha)

Space & Comfort Comparison: 
Both cars look equally big from the outside, but they are worlds apart when you get into them. The Elite is fairly tight on space, especially for the rear passengers. The high waistline and sloping roof leaves the rear passengers feeling claustrophobic. Elite's lack of shoulder space and the tall transmission tunnel makes matters worse for the fifth passenger. The Jazz on the other hand is a breath of fresh air, in comparison. There is generous amounts of space for seating 5 full size adults in total comfort. The ergonomic seats and large windows ensure that you stay fresh as a daisy even after an interstate tour. The magic seats fold an tumble in ways which you could have never imagined and the generous 354 litre boot feel huge, even when compared to Elite's already large 285 litre boot capacity. Elite's only claim to fame is the quality and fit-finish of interiors, which is a notch above the Honda's.

Bootspace (lit): Jazz - 354, Elite i20 - 285

Length (mm): Jazz – 3955, Elite i20 - 3990                                                                          
Width (mm): Jazz – 1694, Elite i20 - 1745
Height (mm): Jazz – 1544, Elite i20 - 1500

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison: 
Hyundai has built up a big lead over Honda, in terms of Service Support in our country. Although, Honda’s products still have an advantage over Hyundai's when it comes to their inherent reliability. However, the customer service extended by Honda’s touch-points isn’t quite up to the mark, compared to that of Hyundai. Honda's service reach is also not as widespread as Hyundai's is.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison: 
Both cars are bound to retain outstanding residual value even after a usage 5 to 7 years, with the Elite having a slight advantage in terms of depreciation over the Jazz thanks to the insane demand for the thing as well as Hyundai's upper hand in customer service. Overall the manual Jazz and Elite, be it petrol or diesel work out to be identical in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. The Jazz automatic on the other hand, works out to be a jaw-dropping 3.2 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the automatic Elite!

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 3.75 Lakh
Elite i20 Sportz (petrol manual) – 4.25 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 3.75 Lakh
Elite i20 1.4 Magna AT (petrol automatic) – 3.75 Lakh

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Elite i20 Sportz (diesel manual) – 4.75 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 7.75 Lakh
Elite i20 Sportz (petrol manual) – 7.55 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 8.35 Lakh
Elite i20 1.4 Magna AT (petrol automatic) – 11.50 Lakh 

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 7.00 Lakh
Elite i20 Sportz (diesel manual) – 7.25 Lakh

Verdict:
The Elite i20 matches the Jazz on almost all the counts, be it practicality, quality or value for money, except for one thing. Hyundai has failed massively, to provide a decent automatic gearbox for the Elite. For years Hyundai kept procrastinating the decision to automate the Elite i20, and when they finally did, they used the age old torque converter unit. Worse still, their 1.2 litre mill was deemed unsuitable for it, pushing them out of the excise bracket, and making the Elite AT insanely expensive to buy.

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