The market demand for Small Passenger Car in Sedans are getting very popular in many emerging market especially in South East Asia market like Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippine and etc As a result of that, many automakers from Japan started to come out Small Passengers Car in Sedan that originate from Small Hatchback platform. Like the Honda Jazz to Honda City, Toyota Yaris to Toyota Vios and Mazda2 turn to be a Sedan from a Hatch.
Basically all those cars are entry-level sedan. Therefore, we try to explore the best out of it for your precious hard earn money to be invested into those rides. In this post, we are going to puts Honda City Grade E Versus Mazda2 Sedan R-Spec to our test and comparisons head-to-head.
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Honda City Grade E
– Paddle Shifter for Grade E
– 16-inch alloy in 185/55R16
– Power Steering with Electric Power Assist
– 42 Litres fuel tank.
Inside: It’s slightly longer car than the Mazda with same width. Good passengers and big boot space.
Engine: 1.5 SOHC i-VTEC engine with 5 Speed Automatic Transmission. Max 120PS @ 6,600rpm with 145Nm of Torque @ 4,800rpm
– All wheel Disc Brakes (Front Ventilated, Rear Solid),
– ABS, EBD, BA
– 4-star crash rating
Drivability: Suspension more for comfort than sportiness compared to the Mazda.
Warranty: 3 Years Warranty, only come with 6 months or 10,000km of FREE Service
Price: RM87,982.50 OTR without Insurance or RM90,480 OTR with Insurance (Optional Honda Modulo Aero kit & Wheels)
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Mazda2 Sedan R-Spec
– 16-inch alloy in 195/45R16 (Odd size tyres)
– Power Steering with Electric Power Assist too
– 42.8 Litres fuel tank (larger by 0.8 litres)
Inside: It’s a shorter car than the Honda, and has a smaller 450L boot and slightly tighter cabin.
Engine: MZR 1.5 DOHC 16-Valves with 4-Speed Automatic Transmission. Max 103PS @ 6,000rpm with 135Nm of Torque @ 4,000rpm. Slightly higher fuel consumption than Honda City.
– Front wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes (Rear Drums)
– ABS, EBD, BA
– 5-star crash rating
Drivability: Better steering and handling for R-Spec compare to the Honda.
Warranty: 3 Years Warranty, now entitled to 3 years or 60,000KM of FREE Maintenance
Price: RM83,122 OTR without Insurance (Optional Leather Seat & Aero kit)
Conclusions & Verdict
Honda City Grade E is well packaged with ample luggage, passenger space, comfort and style. Mazda2 Sedan body styling not as good as the Honda but it offers on slightly better value, safety and all-round driving experience. My pick will be the Honda City Grade E for better performance, space and styling.
Photo Gallery: 2009 Honda City Grade S[nggallery id=89]
Photo Gallery: 2010 Mazda2 Sedan[nggallery id=15]