Ratings Comparison: 2019 Toyota Yaris vs 2018 Honda Jazz vs 2020 Mazda 2 Hatchback

Shaun · Aug 30, 2020 10:20 AM

We’ve put the 2018 Honda Jazz, 2019 Toyota Yaris, as well as the 2020 Mazda 2 through the WapCar Ratings test and now let’s take a side-by-side look at all the aspects.

Driving Performance - Winner goes to Mazda 2

Facts and Figures
  2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Engine 1.5L 4-cylinder NA 1.5L 4-cylinder NA 1.5L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission CVT CVT 6-speed automatic
Power 107 PS @ 6,000 rpm 120 PS @ 6,600 rpm 114 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 140 Nm @ 4,200 rpm 145 Nm @ 4,600 rpm 149 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 1,140 kg 1,099 kg 1,097 kg
0-100 km/h 12.5 seconds 11.8 seconds 10.5 seconds
100-0 km/h 43.4 metres 41.0 metres 39.7 metres

Unlike its immediate rivals, the Mazda 2 1.5L hatchback uses a 6-speed automatic transmission. Shifts are crisp and smooth. Plus, it feels more direct than its CVT rival.

Straight-line performance is impressive, quicker than the 120 PS Honda Jazz which completed the century sprint in 11.8 seconds.

Steering is direct as well, without noticeable off-centre numbness. The GVC+ can be felt in corners when it reduces the engine output and tucks the car into its intended line.

Driving Performances Breakdown
    2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Engine Acceleration 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Throttle Response 3.5 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
             Smoothness 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 2 / 3 0 / 3 3 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Response 1.5 / 3 1.5 / 3 2.5 / 3
 Weight & Feel 2 / 3 1.5 / 3 2 / 3
Braking Distance 1.5 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
 Feel 2 / 3 2 / 3 2.5 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
 Grip 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 1.5 / 3 1.5 / 3 2 / 3
Total   32 / 50 pts 31 / 50 pts 38 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort - Toyota Yaris is the most comfortable

Noise Level
Travelling speed 2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
60 km/h 54 dB 64 dB 60 dB
90 km/h 62 dB 69 dB 66 dB
110 km/h 68 dB 71 dB 70 dB

The quiet cabin, comfortable seats and supple suspension make the Toyota Yaris the most comfortable hatchback in its segment. 

Ride Comfort Breakdown
  2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Sound Proofing 8 / 10 5 / 10 6 / 10
Suspension 8 / 10 6 / 10 7 / 10
Passenger Comfort 9 / 10 7 / 10 7 / 10
Seat Support 4 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5
Ergonomics 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10
Total points 40 / 50 pts 33 / 50 pts 34 / 50 pts

Quality and Features - A tie between Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris
2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 104
Front Fender 89 92
Front Door 171 96
Rear Door 167 94
C-Pillar 101 104
Tailgate 85
Roof 91
Average paint thickness: 109
2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 5 5 0
Front Fender 4 4 0
Front to Rear Door 3.5 3.5 0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 4.5 4.5 0
Tailgate 6 6 0

Honda Jazz
2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 126
Front Fender 93 98
Front Door 112 115
Rear Door 113 103
C-Pillar 117 123
Tailgate 105
Roof 127
Average paint thickness: 112
2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 5.5 4.5 1
Front Fender 3 4 1
Front to Rear Door 3.5 3.5 0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 4 5 1
Tailgate 5.5 6.5 1

Mazda 2 Hatchback
2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 111
Front Fender 94 115
Front Door 100 100
Rear Door 112 110
C-Pillar 110 109
Tailgate 111
Roof 84
Average paint thickness: 105
2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.5 3 0.5
Front Fender 3.5 4 0.5
Front to Rear Door 3.5 3.5 0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3.5 3.5 0
Tailgate 5.5 5.5 0

In terms of panel gaps, the Toyota Yaris showed a remarkably symmetrical consistency between each sides, with no deviation at all. This indicates excellent build quality. 

However, there were several outliers in paint thickness for the Toyota Yaris. We suspect paint touch ups were made on our test car.

Exterior Material Use
    2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin Thin Thick
Struts Manual Manual Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes No Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed Single Glazed Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed Single Glazed Single Glazed
Construction Multiple One Piece One Piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual Manual Manual
Cabin Material Use
    2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Seat Seat Cover Fabric Fabric/Leather Leather/suede
Armrest Armrest Cover Fabric Leather N/A
Dashboard Upper Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastic
  Middle Section Leather Fabric Suede
  Lower Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastic

The Mazda 2 has the most upmarket interior build and material quality. The suede material on the door panels and middle section of the dashboard adds a touch of premium-ness to the cabin.

As for features, the Toyota Yaris is currently the most well-equipped car in its class, with 7 airbags, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, and 360-degree camera.

Quality & Features Breakdown
    2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Exterior Paint Finish 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Panel Gaps 3 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Assembly Quality 3 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Interior Build Quality 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Materials Used 2 / 3 2 / 3 2.5 / 3
Material Finish Quality 2 / 3 2 / 3 2.5 / 3
Features Safety 8 / 10 8 / 10 6 / 10
ADAS 0 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5 2 / 5 4 / 5
Convenience 3 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5
Infotainment 4 / 7 3 / 7 5 / 7
Total   31 / 50 pts 28 / 50 pts 31 / 50 pts

Space and Practicality - Honda Jazz is king

From left to right: Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz, Mazda 2

This is where the Honda Jazz reigns supreme. The Ultra Seat offers the option of Tall Mode, which flipped the rear seats up, to transport tall items like plants or bookshelves. Door bins are rather small but compensated by the relatively large centre console storage.

The Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 on the other hand, have a tighter cabin. Especially for the rear passengers in the Mazda 2. And there's no door bins at the rear.

Interior Space Breakdown
  2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Front Row 8 / 10 9 / 10 6 / 10
Middle/Back Row 5 / 10 9 / 10 6 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Boot Space 3 / 5 4 / 5 2 / 5
Practicality 3 / 5 5 / 5 3 / 5
Storage Space 2 / 5 4 / 5 2 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5
Storage Flexibility 2.5 / 5 5 / 5 2 / 5
Total 27.5 / 50 pts 40 / 50 pts 24 / 50 pts

Fuel consumption - Mazda 2 is the most fuel efficient

Fuel consumption test
  2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Distance travelled 44.8 km 94.5 km 93.9 km 
Amount refuelled 3.14 litres 6.34 litres 5.82 litres
Calculated figure 7.0-litre/100 km 6.7-litre/100 km 6.2-litre/100 km

The Mazda 2 returned the lowest fuel consumption figure, making it the most fuel-efficient B-segment hatchback we've tested so far.

However, it does not have any Eco Mode/Assist, which penalised its overall score.

Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
  2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Fuel Consumption 10 / 15 11 / 15 13 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2 2 / 2 0 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 2 / 3 2 / 3 1.5 / 3
Total points 14 / 20 pts 15 / 20 pts 14.5 / 20 pts

Purchase and Cost - A tie between Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz

Estimated usage cost for Toyota Yaris

Estimated usage cost for Honda Jazz

Estimated usage cost for Mazda 2

At RM 84,955 (0% SST), the 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V is slightly more expensive than the equivalent 2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G. But servicing cost is a tad cheaper over the course of 5 years or 100,000 km, at RM 3,167.

The Mazda 2 1.5L hatchback is pricier than all its closest rivals but Mazda Malaysia does offer a 5-year/100,000 km free service program. And it’s rather fuel-efficient.

Purchase & Cost Breakdown
    2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback
Purchase Car Price 12 / 15 11 / 15 7 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5 4.5 / 5 5 / 5
Fuel Cost 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Total   23 / 30 pts 23 / 30 pts 20 / 30 pts

Conclusion

In summary, the 2018 Honda Jazz is the most spacious and practical hatchback in its class, with relatively low fuel consumption and maintenance cost. However, ride comfort and refinement trail behind the Toyota Yaris.

The Mazda 2 leads the class in driving performance, has good build and material quality, and is easy on fuel. But cabin is relatively tight and lacks storage spaces.

Overall, the Honda Jazz pulls ahead from its superior space and practicality. 

Ratings - 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5L V 

Ratings - 2020 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback 

Ratings - 2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G 

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