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New Hyundai i20 2012 Petrol Vs Honda Jazz– Which Is A Better and Why?

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Hyundai India has launched the Hyundai iGen i20 2012 new model in India on March 28, 2012 at a starting price of Rs. 4.73 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. In the premium hatchback segment, Hyundai i20 is among one of the best value small cars which gives tough competition to Maruti Swift, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo etc. In this article, we compared the Hyundai iGen i20 2012 New model with the premium and one of the most spacious hatchbacks in its segment, Honda Jazz. While Hyundai i20 comes with 7 different variants including an automatic transmission model as well with pricing spread over wide range between Rs. 4.73 Lakhs to Rs. 7.67 Lakhs. It seems that Hyundai has kept many variants to fulfill the needs of various customers with different requirements.

On the other hand, Honda SIEL offers only three models of Honda Jazz which are well placed with slight price difference and priced between Rs. 5.75 Lakhs to Rs. 6.31 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. While the Hyundai seems to be a more economically prices car from a price tag point of view, the Jazz seems a more well targeted car for a limited premium car buyers. We have already compared the 2012 New Hyundai iGen i20 with some of the popular cars as the links below –

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New Hyundai iGen i20 Diesel Vs New Maruti Swift Diesel

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Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 New Model VS Hyundai i20 Old Model

In this article, we will compared in Details the Petrol variants of 2012 New Hyundai iGen i20 With Honda Jazz Petrol in India.

2012 New Hyundai iGen i20 Vs Honda Jazz
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image – (Left) New Hyundai i20 2012 new Model and (Right) Honda Jazz

Exteriors Comparison

Hyundai iGen i20 looks much more upmarket and improved with the new avatar of Fluidic touch to it.

New Hyundai iGen i20 Dimensions

  • Length = 3995mm
  • Width = 1710mm
  • Height = 1505mm
  • Wheelbase = 2525mm

Honda Jazz Dimensions

  • Length = 3900 mm
  • Width = 1695mm
  • Height = 1535mm
  • Wheelbase = 2530

Comparing the exteriors and dimensions of the Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 with the Honda Jazz, the i20 is longer, wider and has almost equal wheelbase as Jazz. While the jazz is higher, smaller in length but still manages slightly longer wheelbase. The packaging of the interiors in Hyundai iGen i20 consists of a much longer engine compartment when compared to Jazz, this means in terms of cabin space, the Jazz feels more spacious and much well packaged along with high seating and high roof which gives good head room and plenty of cabin space and boot space in the Jazz. In terms of overall exterior appeal, the Hyundai iGen i20 looks slightly better but the Jazz is not far behind.

Interiors Comparison

Hyundai iGen i20 2012 New Model (5)

image – Hyundai iGen i20 2012 Interiors

Honda Jazz 2011 (8)

image- Honda Jazz Interiors

As I mentioned before, the packaging of the Jazz is done very smartly and thus it feels much more spacious and comfortable compared to the Hyundai iGen i20. Also the build quality and interiors quality of Jazz is really good which makes it feel quite premium from inside. But Hyundai iGen i20 is also very nice on the interiors, now with more sport interiors, it has got even better than before. The new Hyundai iGen i20 2012 does feel quite premium too. In terms of interiors, I would call it a tie.

Engine Comparison

Engine Specifications of Hyundai iGen i20 Petrol:

1.2 Litre Kappa Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder VTVT Kappa Engine
  • 1.2 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 83 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • 114 Nm Torque @ 4000 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.50 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1000 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 83 BHP per 1000 Kg

1.4 Litre Gamma Engine Automatic Variant Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder DOHC Gamma Engine With VTVT
  • 1.4 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 99 BHP @ 5500 RPM
  • 136Nm Torque @ 4200 RPM
  • 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 15 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1000 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 99 BHP per 1000 Kg

Honda Jazz 2011 Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder SOHC i-VTEC Engine
  • 16 Valve (4 per cylinder) MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Engine Displacement 1198 CC
  • Max power of 88.8 BHP @ 6200 RPM
  • Max torque of 110 Nm @ 4800 RPM
  • ARAI Certified fuel efficiency of 16.7 KMPL
  • 5 Speed Manual transmission
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1055 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 84.1 BHP per 1000 Kg

Since the Jazz comes with only one engine option in India and the Hyundai i20 petrol, except for the automatic also comes with 1.2 Litre petrol engine, we will keep our focus on the 1.2 Litre engine petrol variants only. The engine of Hyundai i20 produces lesser power but more torque compared to the Honda Jazz. Also Hyundai i20 delivered more mileage as per ARAI test data, the power to weight ratio of the two cars is also quite close, so I would say that Hyundai i20 engine does have an edge, however, Honda engines are also well known for their refinement levels and peppy performance.

Handling and Performance

When it comes to ride and handling, the Honda Jazz does a better job with well sorted suspension setup compared to the Hyundai i20 suspension which is tuned on the softer side for more comfort but compromises on sharp handling.

Price Comparison

Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Petrol Price In India

The Ex-showroom Delhi prices of Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 are as follows:

  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Era Petrol is priced at Rs. 4.73 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Magna Petrol is priced at Rs. 4.97 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Magna (O) Petrol is priced at Rs. 5.27 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Sportz Petrol is priced at Rs. 5.75 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Asta Petrol is priced at Rs. 6.21 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Asta (O) With Sunroof Petrol is priced at Rs. 6.65 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Sportz AT Petrol is priced at Rs. 7.67 Lakhs

Honda Jazz 2011 Petrol Price In India

The ex-showroom Delhi price of Honda Jazz in India is as follows:

  • Honda Jazz 2011 S is priced at Rs. 5.75 Lakhs
  • Honda Jazz 2011 Select is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs
  • Honda Jazz 2011 X is priced at Rs. 6.31 Lakhs

If you are looking for a car priced under Rs. 6 Lakhs on-road, Honda Jazz is not an option as Honda Jazz starts at Rs. 5.75 Lakhs which will cost approximately 6.3 Lakhs on road. So if you are looking at low cost options, the Hyundai iGen i20 is better for you with its Era, Magna and Magna O Options which will cost you under Rs. 6 Lakh price tag. The reason why there is no Honda Jazz variant priced in this spot is because all three variants of the Honda Jazz offer full safety features like the ABS and EBD, Airbags etc.

Hyundai iGen i20 Sportz Petrol Vs Honda Jazz S and Select

Comparing the Hyundai iGen i20 Sportz with the Honda Jazz entry level S and mid level select variant, the Jazz S is priced at the same price as Hyundai iGen i20 Sportz petrol and the Jazz Select is priced at about Rs. 24,000 higher. The Jazz S and Select offers features like alloy wheels (on Select only), body coloured bumpers, door handles and outside rear view mirrors, beige black interiors, integrated audio system with Radio, CD, MP3, Aux input and USB system, steering mounted audio controls, 4 speakers and speed sensing volume control, reclining rear seat (select only), electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, split seats at rear, dual front airbags, ABS with brake assist, EBD, Engine immobilizer, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper, manual AC, tilt steering, keyless entry system, all door power windows, multi information display in instrument console etc.

On the other hand, the Hyundai i20 Sportz offers features like smart pedal system, impact sensing auto door unlock, clutch lock, electrochromic inside rear view mirror, rear defogger, reverse assist camera with display on inside rear view mirror, only driver side airbag, ABS and EBD, rain sensing wipers, front and rear fog lamps, turn indicators on outside rear view mirrors, alloy wheels, dual tone premium interiors, chrome on inside door handles, gear knob, leather wrapped steering wheel, cooled glovebox, warning indicators and full multi-information display above central AC vents, integrated audio system with 6 speakers, Radio, CD, MP3, Aux input and USB system, Bluetooth pairing with phone, steering mounted audio and phone controls, automatic climate control, all door power windows, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors with heating and electric folding function, tilt steering, rear split seat etc.

So looking at the feature set, the Hyundai i20 does miss of passenger side airbag and few other small elements, but except for that it is much ahead in other features. So looking at features, Hyundai i20 Sportz does seem a more lucrative deal.

Hyundai iGen i20 Asta and Asta (O) Petrol Vs Honda Jazz X

Comparing the prices of Hyundai iGen i20 Asta and Asta (O) Petrol compared to the Jazz top end model Jazz X, the price of Jazz X is about Rs. 10,000 higher compared to i20 Asta Petrol and Rs. 34,000 lower than the Asta (O). Talking about the feature sets, Honda Jazz X over the Jazz Select adds features like better looking alloy wheels, drive seat height adjustment, power folding outside rear view mirrors, front fog lamps, rear spoiler, sporty blue black interior theme etc. to name a few.

On the other hand, the Asta and Asta (O) ass features like – smart key, passenger airbag, curtain airbags (Asta O only), automatic headlamps, speed sending automatic door lock (Asta O only), more chrome on exteriors like door handles etc., push button engine start stop, rear washer and wiper, front arm rest, driver side height adjust, electric sunroof with tilt function (Asta O only). Looking at the feature set the Asta does look like a better deal again in terms of features.

Car Blog India verdict – New Hyundai i20 2012 Petrol Vs Honda Jazz Petrol

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If you are looking for a feature rich car with affordable price tag, good fuel mileage, Hyundai iGen i20 makes a good sense in terms of its features and value for money proposition. If you are looking for a car with more spacious and sporty appeal with refined engine, better handling, Jazz will be a stronger contender. But in most practical cases, Hyundai i20 seems to be a better loaded cars with some of the features not found in other cars in its price segment, so the Hyundai iGen i20 2012 Petrol does have an edge over the Honda Jazz.

  • Hyundai i20

    Outstanding performance of the Hyundai i20, the best-selling foreign model again this month. It is a complete car.

  • Rajat Jaiswal

    I want to buy a new 2012 i20 asta(O) with sunroof.. Bt the salesman are saying that now no sunroof is available, they had stopped making the asta(O) variant.. Bt m searching for a hatchback car with sunroof.. Could you please tell that asta(O) is available or not.. Bt please do reply fast..

  • Palmu Tshering

    I want to buy a new 2012 latest I Gen i20 asta (0) sunroof petrol 1.2 kappa. But the salesman are saying. That this model have no four wheel disc break but iam searching for four disc break in this model could u tell me that this modle with sunroof with four disc break and. Full new feature available within this month.