Jazz vs Polo Comparison Review

Volkswagen Polo vs Honda Jazz Comparison Review:



"Overtaking becomes a challenge in the Jazz CVT, as flooring the accelerator only results in the engine spinning faster, but vehicle speed does not rise immediately, which is known as the notorious rubber band effect."

Jazz vs Polo Comparison Video:


Pricing & Features Comparison:  
Polo’s range-topping variant, the ‘Highline-petrol’, retails for 7.8 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 10,000 Rs. more expensive than the Polo.

But for that 10,000 Rs. extra, the Polo Highline offers features worth over 1 Lakh Rs. compared to the Jazz SV, like Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Cornering Lamps, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Navigation, Mirror Link, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Telescopic Steering Adjustment. Jazz SV one the other hand only offers one extra feature over the Polo Highline, which is the Parking Camera.

Pricing of other Variants:
Polo Highline (diesel, manual) - 9.60 Lakh
Jazz SV (diesel, manual) - 9.25 Lakh

Polo GT TSI (petrol, automatic) - 10.10 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, Fog Lamps, Touchscreen, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Jazz (SV MT): Parking Camera

Extra Features in Polo (Highline): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Cornering Lamps, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Navigation, Mirror Link, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:
Polo diesel, has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.14 kmpl (19.91 for GT TDI), which is a crazy, 7.2 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 Polo.

The manual geared Polo petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.5 kmpl, which is 2.2 kmpl less than Jazz manual’s mileage of 18.7 kmpl. The Polo GT TSI automatic also has an ARAI certified mileage of just 16.5 kmpl, which is a 2.5 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 Polo, whereas the Jazz CVT was just over 1 kmpl more efficient than the Polo GT TSI.

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Polo (petrol, manual) - 4.35 Lakh, Jazz (petrol, manual & automatic) - 3.85 Lakh, Polo GT TSI (petrol, automatic) - 4.35 Lakh
Polo (diesel, manual) - 2.95 Lakh, Jazz (diesel, manual) - 2.20 Lakh

Performance & Drivability Comparison:
Petrol:
Polo’s cut-price, 3 cylinder engine is no match to Honda’s illustrious iVTEC mill. It struggles to lug around the heavyset Polo. It feels seriously underpowered, especially on the highways. Refinement also isn’t up-to-the-mark, and the engine is lazy to pick up revs, which is in total contrast to Honda’s rev happy and silky smooth power-plant.

However, the Polo is also available with the state-of-the-art 1.2 turbocharged mill, which literally blows the iVTEC out of the water! It has a blissfully wide power-band ranging 1500-4100 rpm, and a much more potent mid-range than the Jazz, which is quite obvious, given its 50% advantage in terms of torque-to-weight. Polo’s TSI mill is coupled to the incredibly seamless and quick-shifting DSG, dual-clutch gearbox.

Honda has chosen the Continuously Variable Transmission tech for the Jazz automatic, which is a boon to pilot around city streets, but is unsuitable for highway use. Overtaking becomes a challenge in the Jazz CVT, as flooring the accelerator only results in the engine spinning faster, but vehicle speed does not rise immediately, which is known as the notorious rubber band effect. Although Honda has tried to reduce it by giving gearshift paddles on the steering that can be used to virtually downshift to a lower gear ratio.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 86, Polo – 71, Polo GT TSI - 95
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 106, Polo – 104, Polo GT TSI – 158 (difference 50%)

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 90@6000, Polo – 75@5400, Polo GT TSI – 105@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 110@4800, Polo – 110@3750, Polo GT TSI – 175@1500-4100
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1042, Polo – 1053, Polo GT TSI – 1109

Diesel:
Volkswagen has been in the business of making small capacity diesels for a much longer time than Honda. Polo’s diesel mill is far more refined and free revving than Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams’ engine. It is also marginally stronger in the mid-range and matches the Jazz in terms of low-end drivability.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 87, Polo – 78
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 175, Polo – 199

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 100@3600, Polo – 90@4200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 200@1750, Polo – 230@1500-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1146, Polo – 1158

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison:
Jazz is no match to the peculiarly ‘European’ dynamics of the Polo. In spite of being more stiffly sprung than the Jazz, Polo matches it in terms of ride comfort. Polo’s handling is a quantum leap over the Jazz. It exhibits significantly lesser body roll than the Jazz and grips steadfastly around the bends. Even the steering is quick, precise and reasonably feel-some compared to the overtly light steering setup of the Jazz

Ground Clearance (mm): Jazz – 165, Polo - 165

Wheelbase (mm): Jazz – 2530, Polo - 2469

Tyre Size:
Jazz: 175/70R14 (E), 175/65R15 (S, SV, V, VX)
Polo: 175/70R14 (Trendline), 185/60R15 (Comfortline, Highline, GT)

Space & Comfort Comparison:
The Jazz fights back, tooth-and-nail against the Polo, to take back the lead in terms of practicality and ergonomics. Even though the Polo is almost as big as the Jazz on the outside, Volkswagen have configured it to have a bigger engine bay, in case they need to shoehorn a bigger engine for the GTi or a Polo R someday. Plus, they have configured a precisely 300 litre boot at the Polo’s rear, leaving precious little space in between. Stuffing the Polo with 5 people makes it mighty tight and uncomfortable for the occupants. The high waistline and low rear seat makes it feel even more claustrophobic than it actually is. The Jazz on the other hand has acres of space, which is more than enough in every direction, to comfortably accommodate five, full sized adults. Jazz’s huge windows enhance the feeling of airiness inside the cabin and its magic seats give it an unmatched flexibility. Last but not the least, it has the biggest boot of any hatchback in the country,

Boot-space (lit): Jazz - 354, Polo - 294

Length (mm): Jazz – 3955, Polo - 3971                                                                        
Width (mm): Jazz – 1694, Polo - 1682
Height (mm): Jazz – 1544, Polo - 1469

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison:
So far Volkswagen has had quite an underwhelming track-record for basic reliability in India. Honda on the other hand has demonstrated bulletproof reliability, ever since it launched the first Honda City in India, in the year 1998! Honda's network reach, with its 300 touch points is also noticeably better than Volkswagen's 120 odd touch points, in the country. Dealerships of both the brands leave a lot to be desired in terms of workmanship quality and meticulousness, however, Honda's inherent advantage in reliability, means the service technicians have lesser chances of screwing things up in the first place.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison:
Jazz is bound to retain better residual value than the Polo, thanks to better efficiency as well as a better track record for reliability. Overall, the Polo Highline works out to be around 1 lakh Rs. more expensive than the Jazz SV, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, which is fair enough given the loads of extra features that it offers.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Polo Highline (petrol manual) – 3.50 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 4.00 Lakh
Polo GT TSI (petrol automatic) – 5.00 Lakh

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Polo Highline (diesel manual) – 4.00 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 7.55 Lakh
Polo Highline (petrol manual) – 8.65 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 8.00 Lakh
Polo GT TSI (petrol automatic) – 9.45 Lakh

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 7.20 Lakh
Polo Highline (diesel manual) – 8.60 Lakh

Verdict:
The Polo is like a pinch-hitter. The sheer joy which a pinch-hitter gives to the viewers, the Polo gives it to the driver. Especially, the diesel Polo and obviously, the delicious GT TSI, as well. But as we all know, pinch-hitters rarely have long innings, and aren't always in form either. Same is true for the Polo. Unscheduled visits to the service station, tend to stay ingrained in your mind than the memory of those sprints around the mountain road. The Jazz on the other hand is an all rounder, who consistently bats, bowls and also fields well, especially when the team needs it the most. Firstly, the Jazz is a more practical car than the Polo, thanks to its spacious and comfortable cabin. Secondly it more than makes up for its high price, with better efficiency, better resale value and most importantly lesser unscheduled visits to the service station. That is why it is the clear winner of this test.

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