New Honda Jazz vs City Hatchback: Is the Philippines really missing out?

Updated Apr 20, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The fourth-gen Jazz is cute, but the City Hatch is sportier.

In connection to the introduction of the Honda City Hatchback to the Philippine market, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) announced that it will be dropping the esteemed Jazz from its model lineup. Sure, the fourth-generation Jazz/Fit exists in other markets like Japan and Europe, but just like in Thailand, Honda PH has opted to bring in the City’s Hatchback version instead of the new Jazz.

2021 Honda City Hatchback Quick Look: A worthy Jazz replacement?

So how does the Honda City RS Hatchback compare with the all-new, fourth-generation Honda Jazz? Are we missing out on what the new Jazz is offering? Let’s find out.

2021 Honda City Hatchback front profile

The all-new 2021 Honda City RS hatchback

Starting with the design, the new City Hatch especially the RS variant looks sportier and more aggressive than the fourth-gen Jazz. In fact, the all-new Jazz looks more subdued, and more minimalist than the outgoing locally available Jazz. There’s a bit of irony here, since the Jazz, since time immemorial, has been marketed as a sporty little hatch.

Sure, it still has the round and compact silhouette that people like about the Jazz but the new City Hatchback is more angular and aggressive. The fourth-gen Jazz, on the other hand, is more on the cute side. Some people might like that but we reckon a lot more Pinoys will prefer the dashing looks of the City Hatch.

A picture of the 4th-gen Honda Jazz

The funky and cute fourth-generation Honda Jazz

Moving on to what’s inside, both the City Hatch and the fourth-gen Jazz come with well-arranged and well-equipped interiors. Both have foldable rear seats for more cargo space, automatic air-conditioning, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a four-piece speaker set (EX trim UK), and both have decent space for up to five occupants.

When it comes to design however, the brightly-colored interior of the European-spec Jazz mirrors the minimalist look of its exterior. There aren’t many valleys and eye candy on its dashboard, and the same goes for its interior door cards. Even the center console doesn’t have much in the way of design. Sure, everything inside the new Jazz follows a simple theme, but it’s definitely visually appealing. If you’re into minimalism that is.

2021 Honda City Hatchback interior

Inside the dark-themed interior of the City hatchback

In comparison, the City Hatchback mirrors the more standard-looking, dark-themed interior of its City sedan sibling. It looks simple too, but it's not as minimalist as the fourth-gen Jazz’s interior. For one thing, its dash has more nooks and crannies than the Jazz. It’s definitely not as bulky as some dashboard, but it's larger-looking than the one on the Euro-spec Honda hatch. And speaking of what’s larger, it is also apparent that the City Hatch offers a roomier interior than the new Jazz.

As for on-board tech, this is where the fourth-gen Jazz is slightly better than the City Hatchback. We can say that because the Euro-spec EX variant for example comes with a nine-inch Garmin touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a digital audio broadcasting radio. Sure, the City RS Hatchback does have an eight-inch screen with Android Auto, but its Apple CarPlay is the standard wired type.

The fourth-gen Jazz is also very high-tech when it comes to safety. The one sold in Europe comes standard with adaptive cruise control, eight airbags, a tire deflation warning system, forward collision warning, collision mitigation, an intelligent speed limiter, lane keep assist with road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, and many others.

A picture of the 4th-gen Jazz's interior

The fourth-gen Jazz offers a brighter interior

Under the hood, the Honda City Hatchback uses a 1.5-liter DOHC I-VTEC gasoline engine that it shares with the new City sedan. The engine can make up to 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. It is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which sends power to the front wheels. The 2021 Honda City Hatchback also comes with paddle shifters.

The European-spec Jazz in comparison, has more engine options. In Japan, the said model uses a 1.3-liter I-VTEC engine or a 1.5-liter I-VTEC two-motor hybrid. For the European model, only the hybrid is available. Now, this hybrid mill can make a total of 109 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque. This setup also uses a CVT, and depending on the market, is a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle.

A picture of the rear of the 4th-gen Honda Jazz

The all-new Jazz's rear end isn't that sporty-looking

The 2021 Honda City Hatchback RS is available with a suggested retail price of Php 1,115,000. Due to the Php 70,000 safeguard duties, HCPI said that the company will be implementing a deposit amounting to Php 13,000 to reduce the burden on its customers.

To sum it up, the fourth-gen Jazz looks simple, but it features a lot of high-tech safety features that the Philippine-spec Honda City hatch doesn’t have. Furthermore, its hybrid engine also provides more power and torque. And being a hybrid, it might prove to be more environmentally friendlier too.

2021 Honda City Hatchback rear

Meanwhile, the rear-end of the City hatch is angular

The Honda City hatch meanwhile, is larger and might provide more cargo and space for its occupants. Moreover, its exterior is markedly sportier than the fourth-gen Jazz. Then again, it makes less horses than the Euro-spec Jazz hybrid.

So, did we miss out on the fourth-generation Honda Jazz? Well, maybe we did when it came to on-board tech and horsepower. As for design and looks, well, we’ll leave it up to your preference.

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Know more about Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

<p>Being one of the most popular subcompact hatchback type vehicles, Honda Jazz is the most efficient and perfect ride. It comes with four diesel and a diesel engine and currently has five variants in total. With the redesigned bumper, winged grille, alloy wheels, and LED Daytime Running Lights. Jazz is available with Manual transmission and CVT depending on the variant of choice. The modifications are Honda Jazz V MT, Honda Jazz V CVT, Honda Jazz VX Navi CVT, Honda Jazz RS Navi CVT, and the base Honda Jazz Sport CVT. Inside the car, a 7-inch touchscreen unit with Bluetooth connectivity, a cruise control option, speed-sensing door locks, and an automatic air-conditioning system to make both the passengers and driver super comfortable during a ride. Jazz is equipped with a five-seater car chair and space for your accessories and luggage. It has a length of 4035 mm, the width of 1694 mm and ground clearance of 150 mm. The wheelbase is 2530 mm. Fuel consumption can be at 28.60 kmpl, depending on the variant. Currently, on the Philippine market, third-generation Jazz is only available in three variants. The price starts at 933,00 PHP. In the latter half of 2020, the fourth generation of Jazz is expected to enter the market.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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