Honda Jazz Vs Hyundai Elite i20: Which Hot Hatch Is Hotter?

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One of the most awaited launches this year was the new Honda Jazz. This hot hatch from the Japanese carmaker was a much anticipated launch for both the company as well as customers.

So, coming to practicality, is Honda trying to make a stand in this segment where it is being dominated by other carmakers? Honda had done this earlier with the Jazz and failed to make an impression, while in recent times, the Hyundai Elite i20 wears the crown of hot hatches.

Now what happens when the newcomer, the Jazz takes on the king of hot hatches, the Elite i20? Does Honda have the magic, or is the i20 a little too far out of reach? Let's find out!


Honda Jazz:
Prices start from INR 5.31 lakhs for the petrol variant and INR 6.50 lakhs for the diesel variant.

Hyundai Elite i20:
Prices start from INR 5.30 lakhs for the petrol variant and INR 6.42 lakhs for the diesel variant.

Both prices ex-showroom Delhi.


Honda Jazz:
The Honda Jazz sports a sleek wraparound headlight, with a bold character line. The overall design is fresh, sporty and Honda has taken it easy with the chrome touches.

Hyundai Elite i20:
The Hyundai Elite i20's design is based on the fresh 'Fluidic 2.0' design concept. The new i20 hexagonal grille with chrome element on boundary convey an image of style authority and sophistication for the exterior design.


Honda Jazz:
The Jazz features a 5-inch integrated audio system with iPod connectivity, automatic AC with a touch screen control panel, a premium dashboard with advanced driver interface, steering mounted audio controls, height adjustable driver seat and a rear parking camera.

Hyundai Elite i20:
The i20 features a double DIN audio system with 1GB internal memory, automatic AC, glove box with cooling function and height adjustable driver seat.

Engine And Specifications:

Honda Jazz:
The Honda Jazz comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 90 PS of power and returns a fuel efficiency of 18.7 kpl while the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine produces 100 PS of power and returns a fuel efficiency of 27.3 kpl. The car is offered with a manual as well as a CVT gearbox. The Jazz also features paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Hyundai Elite i20:
Powering the Elite i20 is either a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 PS and delivers 17.19 kpl or a 1.4-litre diesel engine that produces 90 PS of power and returns a fuel efficiency of 21.19 kpl. The i20 is offered with a manual transmission only.


On the safety front, both cars feature dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and rear parking assist, but in different forms. The Jazz is also equipped with a seat belt pre tensioner with load limiter and windows with pinch guard that will protect one's hands and neck so that one wouldn't end up with a chopped finger (ouch!).


So how does the new Honda Jazz fare against the Hyundai Elite i20? Well, with flying colours. The Jazz looks better, offers more interior space, is equipped with a more powerful engine that should offer better mileage, has more safety features and is also priced almost the same as the i20. So what would be a better, cooler, hotter value for money hatch? The Jazz, of course!

Also Read:

  • Honda's All-New Jazz: Top 8 Features That Caught Our Attention
  • Honda Jazz Exclusive Review: The New Hot Hatch On The Road!

Story first published: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 15:31 [IST]
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