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Between the Toyota Vios and Honda Jazz, which is worth buying?
Toyota and Honda came out tops in a recently released comparison of the most popular car makes in Singapore by consumer researchers ValueChampion, based on new car registration data for 2017 from the Land Transport Authority.
According to ValueChampion’s compilation of the list prices of popular vehicles in Singapore based on SGCarMart dealer price lists, the Honda Jazz costs approximately $5,000 more than the Toyota Vios. However, based on the latest prices, the difference between the two has widened to about $7,000.
The 1.5-litre Toyota Vios is available in two variants- the entry-level Vios E and the Vios G. It looks sportier and more premium than before, with its newly-designed continuous headlight-grille structure, body-coloured bumper and shark fin antenna.
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Smart Entry and Smart Start functions, the largest width in its class and a spacious boot capacity make the compact sedan a convenient and practical choice.
Toyota’s renowned dual VVT-i engine delivers the best of both performance and fuel efficiency, while specially-designed silencers, engine mounts and carpets help minimise cabin noise and vibration.
Safety systems such as seven airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution protect the driver and passengers and offer greater peace of mind.
The Honda Jazz comes in two engine variants- a 1.3 litre and a 1.5 litre. It benefits from Honda’s latest design philosophy, which conveys a sporty and fun image.
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The hatchback is capable of taking a full load of passengers, and its versatile ULTRA seats can be configured into four different modes depending on load requirements.
Both variants are powered by Honda’s popular DOHC i-VTEC engine that combine both performance and fuel efficiency.
The third-generation Jazz may be a compact car, but it is big on safety, with features such as ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist System and Hill Start Assist.
Which is better value-for-money?
Let us first compare the basic Vios E grade with the Jazz 1.5, both of which are powered by a 1.5-litre engine. For approximately $7,000 more, the latter comes equipped with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), centre armrest in the rear, automatic climate control and 16-inch wheels.
If you top up approximately $7,000 to upgrade from the Vios E to the Vios G, which makes it roughly the same price as the Jazz 1.5, you can also have these, in addition to 60:40 collapsible rear seats and leather steering wheel with steering wheel-mounted switch controls.
These are also available in the Jazz 1.5, which puts the Jazz 1.5 and Vios G grade neck-to-neck in terms of price and specifications.
In other words, if you have decided on a 1.5-litre engine, paying $7,000 more for the Jazz 1.5 or Vios G grade gets you all these extra features, which are absent in the Vios E grade.
That said, the entry-level Jazz 1.3, which costs between $71,999 - $ 73,999 (depending on the variant) comes equipped with 60/40 fold-down seats and a leather steering with audio control switches, cruise control and paddle shifters as standard.
If you don’t mind a 1.3-litre engine, it might be wise to give the Jazz 1.3 some serious thought. It can be up to $13,000 cheaper than the Jazz 1.5 and Vios G grade and comes with a decent enough list of goodies.
Even when compared to the Vios E grade, the Jazz 1.3 costs between $4,000 - $6,000 less and standard specifications include fold-down seats and leather steering wheel with audio control switches, cruise control and paddle shifters, which are not in the Vios E grade.
Car insurance costs
Finally, when it comes to car insurance the Toyota Vios 1.5 is almost $70 cheaper than the Honda Jazz 1.5 which is a sizeable difference. Check out these prices from Budget Direct Insurance.
Comparing both 1.5-litre versions for a motorist who is:
A 45-year-old MARRIED man.Ten years driving experience.
Driving a 2016 car - TOYOTA Vios 1.5
Comprehensive car insurance quote starts from $457.10
For SINGLE male = $481.02
A 2016 car - HONDA Jazz 1.5
Comprehensive car insurance quote starts from $526.61
For SINGLE male = $554.02
Make the most of your car-buying budget by comparing the various specifications with your needs and priorities. Stretch your insurance dollar by calling Budget Direct at 6221 2111 for a free quote on affordable motor insurance.
By motoring expert, Lynn Tan.
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