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Ford Fiesta Vs Honda Jazz

Looking for the best hatchback and struggling to decide between the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz? Both offer superb performance and safety assurance but below we review both in detail to help you make up your mind.


With its redesigned grill and headlamps, the timeless Fiesta has been given a makeover for 2013. Within the sleek lines and aerodynamic body frame, the Fiesta boasts prominent wheel arches, and elegant wraparound rear headlights. Inside, drivers and occupants can benefit from premium leather seats, an innovative Ford Power Starter button and Ambient Interior Lighting. Undeniably, the Fiesta is a car which looks as good as it drives. As for the Jazz, Honda designers have crafted an incredibly versatile car that is light, spacious and strong – to create the impression of a car that’s big on the inside, and small on the outside. A low centre of gravity promises good handling on corners, and the broad stance opens up the interior. With plenty of boot space and adjustable seating patterns, it’s the perfect small family car.

The Fiesta carries Ford’s innovative new 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder class-leading petrol engine, which uses 21 percent less fuel than the conventional 1.6-litre engine without compromising on power. Opt for the 1.5 or 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine for a more powerful ride, with CO2 emissions as low as 87g/km. The Honda Jazz boasts the manufacturer’s distinguished iVTEC engine in 1.2 or 1.4-litre capacities, with a choice of conventional five-speed manual or advanced automatic gearboxes. CO2 emissions are slightly more than the Fiesta, clocking in at 123g/km. Although the Fiesta may win this round, both models offer superb handling and performance. 

Both the Jazz and Fiesta have achieved five-star safety ratings from the reputable testing body EuroNCAP, so both offer exceptional assurance of safety and reliability. While the Jazz boasts a fine array of safety technologies – including ABS brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist – Ford is clearly leading the way in the development of new safety technologies. The Fiesta is among the first generation of models to be fitted with technologies such as MyKey, Active City Stop, Emergency Assistance and SYNC – and the model has been awarded a grand total of six EuroNCAP Advanced awards for these innovations.

The Jazz and Fiesta are both fantastic hatchbacks, and both good choices in their own right. But on balance, it seems that the Fiesta beats the Jazz, thanks to its class-leading safety technology and unrivalled performance ratings. To learn more about the Fiesta in Essex and Hertfordshire contact Gates Ford today, who have been Ford dealers since 1920. 



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