Spec-sheet brawl: Honda City vs. Honda Jazz

Are they really that similar?
by Drei Laurel | 5 days ago
ILLUSTRATION: Drei Laurel

The Honda City and Jazz are two of the most popular cars in the country, at least as far as subcompacts are concerned. Ones a hatchback and the others a sedan, but both carry the Japanese carmakers badge and run on 1.5-liter gasoline engines.

But are they really that similar? Lets take a look at their top-of-the-line variants to find out.

In terms of performance, the answer is yes: Like we’ve said, underneath their hoods is a 1.5-liter mill capable of 118hp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. Both come equipped with CVTs, too (though the base variants for both models get five-speed manual transmissions).

Price-wise, the Jazz RS is more expensive at P1,078,000 compared with the Citys P1,059,000 price tag. The difference is a miniscule P19,000—and for anyone who’s attracted to the hatchback’s more flexible interior versus the sedan’s, shelling out a bit more cash should be worth it.

We guess this all boils down to personal preference—do you want to go sporty or professional? The City gets a more executive look than its hatchback twin, with plenty of chrome up front, classy wheel designs, and leather seats inside. The Jazz RS, meanwhile, looks great in orange with its glossy black wheels and sporty bodykit. While its seats may be fabric, they pop out thanks to the attractive orange stitching.

Check out the cars specs below and decide for yourself. So, which Honda subcompact do you prefer?

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Honda City 1.5 VX+ Navi CVT Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT
Price (Philippine Peso) 1,059,000 1,078,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 1.5-liter SOHC gasoline 1.5-liter SOHC gasoline
Power 118hp @ 6,600rpm 118hp @ 6,600rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4,800rpm 145Nm @ 4,800rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 40 40
Transmission CVT CVT
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer
Rear suspension Torsion beam with stabilizer Torsion beam with stabilizer
Wheels 16in 'Gloss Black' aluminum alloy 16in aluminum alloy
Tires 185/55 R16 185/55 R16
Ignition Push-start with smart entry Push-start with smart entry
Audio system 7in touchscreen with navigation, four speakers 7in touchscreen with navigation, four speakers
A/C system Automatic Automatic
Seats Leather Fabric
Airbags Driver/passenger, side, curtain Driver/passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,400 x 1,695 x 1,477 4,035 x 1,694 x 1,524
Cargo capacity (liters) 384 (seats up) 536
Steering wheel Three-spoke leather with telescopic adjustment and audio controls Three-spoke leather with telescopic adjustment and audio controls
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,530
Turning radius (mm) 5,300 5,100
Ground clearance (mm) 150 150

  

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