Honda Jazz 2011 Vs Toyota Etios Liva– Which Is Better And Why?

Ever since Honda came up with the revised prices of Honda Jazz and Honda City, the sedan as well as small car market seems to be blesses with a new life. The City has been already doing great, except for a drop in sales only because of the unavailability of a CRDI diesel engine variant. The Jazz has been able to survive the market with not so appealing sales but the day its price was cut, a major improvement in sales was observed.

In continuation to our Car Comparison series on Car Blog India we compare the not so old Toyota Etios Liva and the new Honda Jazz 2011 with a price-cut.

Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors Vs Honda Jazz Exteriors

Toyota has worked really hard to produce a much affordable hatchback without compromising any quality since their tagline itself says Quality Revolution. To an extent the work is quite nice but there is no aggression in the car. It looks extremely simple with nothing so striking that it would make you fall for it. In fact it the simplicity that could draw anybody’s attention.


The front of Etios is just so simple with a chrome finished grille, sporty fender, nice alloys. Going backwards again we get really safe and not so drastic body lines with least styling and towards the rear you will get a nice spoiler. So all in all it is a fairly good looking car which could be considered when you are looking for a fine built, slight sportiness and elegance.

Coming to the Jazz which has been in existence for a few years, it is an eye candy and I am confident that most of you do agree with me. If you see one passing by it somehow makes your head turn. Maybe it is exclusiveness of the car, since it is less in number, or the sheer beauty of the car. It is extremely cute to look at, has got attractive body lines on the front  and the overall shape is really sporty and does not need any add-ons like a spoiler and alloys, in fact after installing the said, it looks much more sportier and better than Liva.

Honda Jazz Exterior Dimensions

  • Length (mm) 3900
  • Width (mm) 1695
  • Height (mm) 1535
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2500

Toyota Etios Liva Exterior Dimensions

  • Length = 3775 mm
  • Width = 1695 mm
  • Height = 1510 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2460 mm

The Jazz is longer, taller and has got a marginally longer wheelbase and is exactly same in width with the Liva. So you can a little more space in Jazz than the Etios. One of the things that is disappointing to me is the design which has been kept the same, with minor changes, for the 2011 model. But still I would say that in terms of looks Jazz is way ahead of Etios Liva.

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors Vs Honda Jazz Interiors

Image – Toyota Etios Liva Interiors


image – Honda Jazz Interiors

Honda Jazz is good at style and comfort on the interiors whereas the Etios is slightly behind. The Dashboard of the Etios is quite unconventional and nice but the styling offered by Jazz is simply impressive. In spite of being an old design, the Jazz’s dashboard is amazing and offers a good quality finish. The interiors of the same are slightly roomier than the Etios but since there is not much difference in the proportions of the two there will be no drastic difference.

Feature wise in the Jazz you get Integrated Audio with AM/FM, CD, MP3, Aux in & USB, Steering Mounted Audio Control, Auto Volume by Speed, Magic Seats, Reclining Rear Seat(New), Dual Front SRS Airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, EBD  (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), G-CON ( G Force Control Technology), ECU Immobilizer, Front Seatbelt Pretentioner with Load Limiter etc. The Liva offers Dual SRS Airbags, ABS with EBD , Immobilizer ,Keyless Entry ,Driver Seatbelt Warning , Door Ajar Warning, Digital Trip meter, 2 DIN Audio System with CD / DVD, AM/ FM, USB / Aux-in support with remote control, 4 Speakers Audio System, Steering mounted Audio controls etc. So in features none is less than the other but considering the quality on the inside, the Jazz is better.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Vs Honda Jazz Petrol Engine

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC MPFI Petrol engine
  • Engine displacement 1197 cc
  • Max power  79 BHP @ 5600 RPM
  • Max Torque 104 Nm @ 3100 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI certified mileage of 18.31 KMPL

Honda Jazz Petrol Engine Specifications

  • No. of Cylinders 4
  • No. of Valves 16
  • Displacement(cc) 1198
  • Maximum Horsepower PS(kW) @ rpm 90(66) @ 6200
  • Maximum Torque Nm(kgm) @ rpm 110 (11.2) @ 4800
  • Fuel Supply System PGM – Fi
  • Fuel Efficiency 16.7 Kmpl (ARAI tested)

Both the cars equip a 1.2 Litre engine but there is a considerable difference between the performance of the two. The Etios’ engine produces peak power of 79 BHP and peak torque of 104 Nm whereas the Jazz’s engine, being of the same size, produces an appreciable 90 BHP and peak torque of 110 Nm. Being a petrol engine torque is not of much consideration but still the Etios’ engine kicks in slightly early than the Jazz and therefore is marginally more responsive but when considered the power only Jazz is bigger and better.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance & Handling Vs Honda Performance & Handling

Performance again is where Jazz is better as it has, not bigger but more powerful engine but considering the mileage only Etios is ahead with 2 KMPL. In overall ride quality and comfort again Jazz takes the lead. So it would be a no brainer to go for the Jazz if you want a car which pleases you with its driving dynamics and also has a consistent performance.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Price Vs Honda Jazz Petrol Price

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)

  • Toyota Etios Liva J is priced at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G is priced at Rs. 4,59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)* is priced at Rs. 5.05Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva V is priced at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva VX is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs

Honda Jazz Petrol Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)

  • Honda Jazz :  Rs. 5.50 Lakh
  • Honda Jazz Select Edition :  Rs. 5.75 Lakh
  • Honda Jazz X :  Rs. 6.06 Lakh (including standard kit)

Here you have a slightly confusing situation as Jazz starts at well around 5.5 Lakh whereas the Etios base can be bought for 4.00 Lakh. The next variant of Etios, the Liva G is priced at 4.6 Lakh and is also offered in a special edition which is again cheaper than the Jazz base. Coming to the top variants of the Liva the V and VX, the Jazz is finally comparable as it also starts somewhere near. In fact between the V and VX top of the line Liva models, Honda has positioned the Jazz Select model which is for 5.75 Lakh and the top end Jazz X is quite close to the Liva with a difference of only 6 k.

Car Blog India Verdict – Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Vs Honda Jazz Petrol

The conclusion is quite difficult to get to as the Liva is more of an entry level hatchback whereas the Jazz now sits right below the premium hatchback segment. In case you want a fine at quality, good at driving, affordable and elegant looking car you can go for the Liva J and Liva G or Liva G Special edition. But if you want a little extra performance with are willing to pay a few extra thousands then Jazz is certainly better. It is better in quality, ride, handling, has better looks and also feels much more sporty. It also does make you feel like you are sitting in the same old expensive Jazz and the price cut does not reflects on the car’s looks or finish.

In terms of safety also the Jazz offers all the features as standard such as ABS, EBD etc. whereas the cheaper variants or base ones do not offer the same. If I were asked to choose one from the two I would go with the Jazz definitely as Honda’s have always been known for their comfort, quality, reliability and consistency. So we would love to award the Jazz as the better car but still if one of you is looking for a easy to afford sedan and can compromise on safety, go for the Liva.

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