Honda car India has recently updated their premium hatchback, the Jazz. Though the update was not essentially a big one, it did make the Jazz up-to-date in terms of its equipment list against the competition. Talking about the competition, the current segment leader in the premium hatchback space is the Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
With its competitive price tag and a feature-rich package, coupled with impressive mileage numbers and the baking of Maruti’s unparalleled after sales service network, the Baleno enjoys a dominance over the segment like no other. In this article, we pitch the 2018 Honda Jazz against the Maruti Baleno against each other to see, on paper, which of these two hatchbacks make the most sense to buy.
2018 Honda Jazz Vs Maruti Baleno- Prices
The 2018 Honda Jazz (Read More) retails in India with both petrol as well as diesel derivatives. The price of the base petrol trim starts at INR 7.35 lakhs. The top of the line petrol variant with an automatic CVT gearbox retails at INR 9.29 lakhs.
Moving on to the diesel variant, the base trim of Jazz’s oil-burner goes for INR 8.05 lakhs. On the other hand, the feature-loaded top-spec trim is going to cost you INR 9.29 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Moving on to the Maruti Baleno (Read More), this premium hatchback is also on sale in India in both petrol as well as diesel trims. The base petrol variant of this hatchback retails at INR 5.38 lakhs. In respect to this, the top-end variant is going to cost you INR 8.43 lakhs to own.
In contrast, the base diesel trim of the Baleno retails at a price of INR 6.51 lakhs. In comparison, the top of the line diesel variant of this hatchback will set you back by a total of INR 8.50 lakhs (ex-showroom).
2018 Honda Jazz Vs Maruti Baleno- Engine Specifications
As mentioned before, the Honda Jazz goes on sale in India with both petrol as well as diesel derivatives. The petrol derivatives of this hatchback come with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC engine. This engine is capable of producing 88 BHP of power along with 110 Nm of peak torque. It comes as standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In addition to this, Honda also offers a 5-speed CVT automatic unit across both the V and VX variants of this hatchback.
The diesel derivatives of the Jazz feature the 1.5-litre, i-DTEC engine. This oil-burner pumps out 98 BHP of power along with 200 Nm of peak torque. As standard, this engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. So far there is no automatic option available on the diesel trim.
Moving on to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the petrol derivative of this premium hatchback gets a 1.2-litre, 4cylinder, VVT engine. This gasoline driven motor belts out 83 BHP along with 115 NM of peak torque. As standard, all the petrol variants comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the Delta, Zeta and Alpha trims are also available with a CVT automatic transmission unit.
The diesel derivatives of the Baleno come with the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder DDiS oil-burner. This engine is capable of producing 74 BHP of power along with 190 Nm of peak torque. All the variants are available as standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Just like the Jazz, there is no automatic gearbox on offer with the diesel derivative of this hatchback.
2018 Honda Jazz Vs Maruti Baleno- Mileage
The petrol derivative of the 2018 Honda Jazz promises to offer a fuel-efficiency figure of 18.2 km/l with the manual transmission. In comparison, the petrol CVT promises to offer an ARAI certified figure of 19 km/l. The diesel derivative of this hatchback promises to offer a fuel-efficiency figure of 27.3 km/l.
The Maruti Baleno, in the manual petrol guise, offers a fuel-efficiency figure of 21.4 km/l. The mileage numbers remain the same for the petrol CVT variants as well. The diesel derivative of this hatchback offers a mileage of 27.39 km/l.
2018 Honda Jazz Vs Maruti Baleno- Dimensions
Dimensionally, the Honda Jazz measures 3,955 mm in length, 1,694 mm in height and 1,544mm in width. It sports a wheelbase of 2,530 mm and the ground clearance stands at 165 mm. The Jazz comes with a boot–capacity of 354-litres.
Coming to the Maruti Baleno, this premium hatchback measures 3,995mm in length, 1,745 mm in width and 1,510 mm in height. The car sports wheelbase of 2,520 mm. The ground clearance stands at 170 mm and it has a boot capacity of 339-litres.
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