Sibling revelry: The Honda Jazz and City Hatchback face off

Sibling revelry: The Honda Jazz and City Hatchback face off

The Honda Jazz is one those cars that challenge you to find fault with them. For generations, Honda's small hatch has always been considered the benchmark in its class for reliability, practicality, and (for the earlier versions) cute yet clean styling. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Is the Honda Jazz still available in the Philippines?

    Until supplies last, the Jazz is available in select Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. dealerships.
  • What are the special features of the Jazz and City Hatchback?

    Both the Jazz and City Hatchback are powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, and pack clever seating configurations.
  • And for some, the best quality of the Jazz is its sporty driving dynamics, even before it receives the countless modification parts available for the model. 

    These are a few reasons why when Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announced that the Jazz will be phased out for the Philippine market, many Honda fans bid a sad farewell to the model. 

    Although that may be the case, we don't have to say goodbye to the Jazz too soon. HCPI said that the Jazz will be phased out once supply runs out — and it looks like there's still a chance to own one of Honda's landmark cars. The Jazz is available with discounts in HCPI's promo that runs until December

    But when you look closely, you'd see that the Jazz and the City Hatchback — the replacement of the former car — are both competing in the same segment, and under the same brand. 

    This makes for an interesting sibling rivalry. 

    Honda Jazz

    Honda Jazz facelift rear

    After all, the City Hatchback has a lot to live up to. To start with, the Jazz styling is distinctive, featuring a one-box and cab-forward shape. The upright rear end and expansive side windows are also a Jazz hallmark, while the cutesy large headlights of the car's predecessors are swapped in favor of sleeker, slimmer ones in this third generation.  

    Meanwhile, the said practicality comes courtesy of its Ultra Seats, a set of seating configurations. It includes Utility, Long, Tall, and Refresh modes. 

    In Utility mode, the 60:40 split rear seats fold down as close to the floor as possible to create a level surface to the cargo hold. It's the same story in Long mode, but here the front passenger seat is folded in order to accommodate objects as long as two meters.

    Third-generation-Honda-Jazz-interior

    2021 Honda City hatch seat

    In Tall mode, the rear seat cushions fold upward movie theater seat-style to accommodate taller items such as a plant. In Refresh mode, the front seats are reclined 180 degrees to create a level "bed" to the rear bench.

    The City Hatchback also packs the clever interior packaging tech, which goes by the name ULTR seats in this model. The City Hatch manages to fit ULTR in its body, which is slimmer than its sibling. 

    Adding to the City Hatch RS, the sole variant locally available so far, wears a Rallye Sport "RS" body kit. This included a deeper front bumper and a high-gloss black front grille with RS emblem. For maximum brightness, the hatchback is equipped with full LED lights front and rear.

    Honda City Hatchback RSHonda City Hatchback RS

    The hatchback’s strong side profile is highlighted by the high-gloss black power folding mirrors and 16-inch two-tone Berlina black aluminum alloy wheels.

    Moving on to the tech specs, there's little to separate the Jazz and City Hatchback. They both use a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). As usual for Honda, it said that this combo provides sportiness and efficiency. 

    With everything considered, which would you pick: the old guard or the new boy? Let the spec sheets of the RS versions of the cars help you answer that question. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT

    Honda City Hatchback 1.5 RS CVT

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,035

     

    4,349

     

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,694

     

    1,748

     

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,524

     

    1,488

     

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,530

     

    2,600

     

    Tread (mm)

     

    Front: 1,476

    Rear: 1,465

     

    Front: 1,495

    Rear: 1,483

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    150

     134

    Turning Radius (m)

    5.1 (At Wheel Center)

     

    5.0 (At Tire Center)

     

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,085

     

    1,141

     

    Cargo Capacity (L)

    Rear Seat Up: 384

    Rear Seat Folded: 1,314

     Rear Seat Up: 289

    Rear Seat Folded: 841

    Seating Capacity

    Five Persons

     

    Five Persons

     

    Engine Type

    Chain Drive SOHC i-VTEC Four Cylinder, 16-valve

     

    Chain Drive SOHC i-VTEC Four Cylinder, 16-valve

     

    Fuel Supply System

    Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)

     

    Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)

     

    Engine Displacement (cc)

    1,497

     

    1,498

     

    Maximum Power Output (ps / rpm)

    120 / 6,600

     

    121 / 6,600

     

    Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

    145 / 4,800

     

    145 / 4,300

     

    Bore and Stroke (mm)

    73 x 89

     

    73.0 x 89.5

     

    Compression Ratio

    10.3

     

    10.6:1

     

    Drive-by-Wire

    With

     

    With

     

    Transmission

    Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

     

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

     

    Paddles Shifters

    With

     With

    AT Shiftlock

    With

     

    With

     

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    40

     40

    Emission Rating

    Euro 4

     

    Euro 4

     

    Suspension

    Front: Independent MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer

    Rear: H-shaped Torsion Beam with Stabilizer

     

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Brake

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drum Type

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drum Type

    Parking Brake

    Hand Brake

     

    Hand Brake

     

    Steering Gear Type

    Electric-Assist Rack and Pinion

     

    Electric-Assist Rack and Pinion

     

    Power Steering

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

     

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

     

    Steering Wheel Material

    Three-spoke Leather Wrapped with Orange Stitching

     

    Three-Spoke Leather

     

    Cruise Control

    With

     With

    Steering Wheel Controls

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone

     

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone

     

    Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Tilt and Telescopic

     

    Tilt and Telescopic

     

    Econ Button

    With

     

    With

     

    Eco-Coaching

    Ambient Meter

     

    Ambient Meter

     

    Tire Size

    185/ 55 R16

     

    185/55 R16

     

    Wheel Size and Type

    16 x 6J Gloss Black Aluminum Alloy

     

    16 X 6J RS Design Two-Tone Berlina Black Aluminum Alloy

     

    Spare Tire

    Space Saver Type

     

    Space Saver Type

     

    Headlights

    LED

     

    LED

     

    Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

    LED Guide Type

     

    LED Guide Type

     

    Fog Lights

    With

     

    With

     

    Side Turn Signal Lights

    Door Mirror Integrated

     

    Door Mirror Integrated

     

    Tail Lamp

    LED

     

    LED

     

    High-Mount Stop Lamp

    LED

     

    LED

     

    Door Handles

    Body Color

     

    Body Color

     

    Door Mirror Color

    Gloss Black

     

    Gloss Black

     

    Door Mirror Adjustment

    Power Adjustable

     

    Power Adjustable

     

    Power Folding Door Mirrors

    With

     

    With

     

    Trunk Garnish

    Chrome

     Chrome

    Antenna

    Rear Micro Type

     

    Rear Micro Type

     

    Wipers

    Intermittent with Washer

     

    Intermittent with Washer

     

    Front Grille

    RS Design

     

    RS Design

     

    Front Bumper Lower Grille

    RS Design

     

    RS Design

     

    Front and Rear Bumper

    RS Design

     

    RS Design

     

    Tailgate Spoiler

    RS Design

     

    RS Design

     

    Side Sill Garnish

    With

     

    With

     

    Seat Material

    Black Fabric with Orange Stitching

     

    Leather and Suede 

    Seat

    Front: Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest and Height Adjuster (Driver)

    Rear: UTLR (Utility, Long, Tall, and Relax Mode) Seat with Adjustable Headrest

    Front: Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest and Height Adjuster (Driver)

    Rear: UTLR (Utility, Long, Tall, and Relax Mode) Seat with Adjustable Headrest

    Audio System

    Seven-inch Touchscreen with Navigation

     

    Eight-inch Touchscreen Audio

     

    Connectivity

    USB, Bluetooth, and HDMI

     

    Bluetooth and USB Ports

    Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and WebLink

     

    Speakers

    Four Speakers with Two Tweeters

     

    Four Speakers with Four Tweeters

     

    Air Conditioning System

    Automatic with Touch Panel Controls

     

    Automatic with Rear Ventilation 

    With Rotary Knobs, Digital Display, and Illumination

     

     

    Center Console

    With Armrest

     

    With Armrest

     

    Keyless Entry System

    With

     

    With

     

    Smart Entry with Push Start System

    With

     With

    Tachometer

    With

     With

    Speedometer

    With

     With

    Fuel Level

    With

     With

    Fuel Consumption Meter

    Instantaneous and Average Read-out

     

    Instantaneous and Average Read-out

     

    Trip Meter

    Digital

     

    Digital

     

    Range Computer

    With

     With

    Temperature

    Light Type

     

    Light Type

     

    Illumination Control

    With

     With

    Door Open Warning

    With

     With

    Inner Door Handles

    Dark Silver

     Dark Silver

    Map Light

    With

     With

    Dome Light

    With

     With

    Rear View Mirror

    Day and Night

     Day and Night

    Sun Visor

    Driver: With Vanity Mirror, Lid, and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Vanity Mirror and Lid

    Driver: With Vanity Mirror, Lid, and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Vanity Mirror and Lid

    Grab Rail

    Four

     Four

    Bottle Holders

    Seven

     Four

    Power Windows

    With Auto Up/Down for Driver

     

    With Auto Up/Down for Driver

     

    Power Door Locks

    With Speed Sensing

     

    With Speed Sensing

     

    Windshield Defogger

    Front and Rear

     Front and Rear

    12V Accessory Socket

    Front (x1)

     

    With (Front and Rear)

     

    Console Panel

    Black with Soft Pad

     Black with Soft Pad

    Airbags

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain

     

    Seatbelt

    Driver: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Front Passenger: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Driver: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Front Passenger: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Seatbelt Reminder

    Driver and Front Passenger

     

    Driver and Front Passenger

     

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

    With

     With

    Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

    With

     With

    Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)

    With

     With

    Hill Start Assist (HAS)

    With

     With

    Body Structure

    G-Force Control (G-CON)

     

    G-Force Control (G-CON)

     

    Child Safety Lock

    With

     With

    Isofix Child Seat Anchor

    With

     With

    Security Alarm

    With Immobilizer

     With Immobilizer

    Reverse Camera

    With Guidelines

     With Guidelines

    Door Beams

    With

     With

    Pinch-free Power Window

    Driver Side

     Driver Side 

    Available Body Colors

    Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Phoenix Orange Pearl, Rallye Red, and Taffeta White

     

    Ignite Red, Meteoroid Gray Metallic, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl

     

    PRICE

    P1,090,000

     P1,115,000

     

     

     

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