We’ve been umming and aaahing over cars lately. The time has come to trade in the Honda Jazz, apparently, as it’s currently sitting on just under 100,000km on the clock. Now, if it were up to me, I’d hang onto this car and drive it until it falls apart. But my fiance won’t hear of it, and he’s been hunting high and low for a replacement car for me.
Currently I’m driving a 2005 Honda Jazz 1.4 automatic, it was pre-owned and only had about 60,000km on the clock when we bought it in 2009. Finding a replacement Jazz is turning out to be difficult – there are loads of the manual versions, but honestly? I don’t think I can drive a manual car. I really don’t have the co-ordination to get my head around the clutch control/change gears/use both feet to drive thing. I like automatic, I like to put my foot down and drive. I like not stalling and I like not getting an aching left foot in traffic.
So that limits my options a fair amount. Currently, we’re considering a pre-owned 2011 Honda Jazz V-tech 1500 with 26,000km on the clock and a brand new Hyundai i20 1400 automatic. (There’s a 10grand difference between the 2nd-hand Jazz and the brand new i20 – yes, a second-hand Jazz is more expensive than a new i20). I’ve driven and loved the hell out of my Jazz and it’s proven itself safe – having been involved in numerous prangs blonde moments – and it’s an absolute pleasure to drive. It’s fairly light on fuel, it’s easy to park (I don’t hazard parallel parking/alley docking) but it’s expensive to service. One service cost us six grand.
As I’ve already established, I really love my Jazz and I have absolutely no idea about the i20 – I’ve seen them on the road, but I’ve never been inside one, or even seen one up close. So I consulted Twitter this morning, and was absolutely overwhelmed by the responses (of which there were over 100). The question I posed:
Honda Jazz 1.5 v-tec vs Hyundai 1.4 i20 – which is better?
I’ve decided to make a list of (some of the best) responses:
- “IMHO, the new Jazz is a better bang for buck than the i20. But test drive both. Me, I would go for the Honda.” – @therealgeorge
- “Jazz has slightly more storage space (back seats fold down true flat because of void under rear seats. but they are close..” – @darwinshome
- “I’d go with the Jazz. Strong engines, reliable, flexible interior. Popular octogenarian wagons though :/” – @theurbandriver
- “Honda VERY reliable, reasonably cheap to maintain. Better build than Hyundai….” – @blackburnmike
- “personally I would take the Honda. I did my license in an i20 that was brand new and it lost its gear box” – @tln101
- “Honda. the motor is so much better. Less problems and will last for years.” – @GrahaminAfrica
- “honda has a better resale value :-)” – @karendenny (Sidenote: I don’t even know if this is true or not – can anyone tell me?)
- “I’d go the Honda route. Nothing against Hyundai, but Honda make really good, solid cars.” – @lizlaughalot
- “Good Car. Good Value for Money. Bigger than the i10. A good overall car. it is a good seller and should have a good resale value” – @therealgeorge
- “Only used the 1.6 manual with low profile tyres – A great car, great specs, and good price – but with the tyres it was painful to ride” – @darwinshome
- “I love it. Best buy yet! Leather seats are a nice extra to add.” – @MeggGeri
- “No probs with Maint and services (get the motorplan). It is better than the Jazz” – @therealgeorge
- “i20 is good. Hyundai has excellent service/maintenance packages. Can’t tell you about resale values though. Check the Ncap rating tho!” – @CAPT_PiCKles
- “A friend has the manual version, he is loving it, no issues in the past year or so.” – @NoodleZA
- “I had the predecessor, the Getz. Cheap to maintain, not a single mechanical issue yet I bought it second hand. I really loved it!” – @nafisa
- “i20 is good. Decent warranty, quite nippy to drive and safe too. If I recall correctly it was a finalist in the Car of the Year 2010” – @davethecarguy
- “@F1sasha says the Jazz will be built better, but more expensive to run. Says i20 is a very good car, albeit a bit plasticky.” – @kimschulze
- “The jazz is a good car but long in the tooth. Good service support. i20 is much newer and Hyundai have great service support. Go i20.” – @NoodleZA
- “Yes, but the i20 has a 5 star rating too. Honda has a standard 4yr/60 000km serv plan, Hyundai only a 3yr/60 000km plan.” – @CAPT_PiCKles
- “BUT, you’re looking at the 1,4 Auto. I suggest the 1,6 GLS @ R169 900 because the jazz has a new look due in about 2 years.” – @CAPT_PiCKles
- “I think the i20 has a better motor plan/service plan.” – @ShannonS19
- “My aunt constantly sings its praises: reliable, plenty boot space, not heavy on fuel. I’m thinking of getting one as well.” – @qudsiya
- “My mom drives a Hyundai, she LOVES it, easy to maintain, decent service prices, zippy little car :)” – @gnat_j
- “Golf cart with a roof. Rented one once. Could barely fit two people’s luggage in it. So, fine for renting maybe, but too small to own IMO.” – @nickjackson
- “we had a honda, brand new with motorplan – brakes needed to be replaced within 9 mths. R6k – not covered. I now drive audi – all incl.” – @karendenny
- “affordable and Hyundai was good ito service” – @samanthaperry
But. As you can see – there is a lot of conflicting advice and a pretty even spread between those who are pro-Honda and those who are pro-Hyundai. Which means I’m no closer to making a decision.
Which is where you come in, dear gentle readers. I need your help. Which car should I choose – and why? Help is URGENTLY required, as I have NO clue when it comes to things that are four-wheel related. (or even two-wheeled, for that matter!)