The Road Ahead : February March 2015
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 63 COSTS & RATINGS Price^ $22,490 Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Annual insurance costs $586.51 Capped price servicing $263 (average per service over 5yrs/100,000km -- whichever comes first). Price^ $21,990 Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Annual insurance costs $598.25 Capped price servicing $309 (average per service over 3yrs/45,000km -- whichever comes first). HONDA JAZZ VTI-L MAZDA2 GENKI Price^ $20,790 Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Annual insurance costs $773.88 Capped price servicing $490 (average per service over 6yrs/90,000km -- whichever comes first). VW POLO 81TSI COMFORTLINE FEB/MAR 2015 THE ROAD AHEAD CAR COMPARISON | MOTORING CONCLUSION The Jazz is a sound value-for-money proposition and is spacy and practical. Its clever Magic Seat system, alone, would be reason enough for some people to buy it. The Mazda2 and Polo, however, tick more boxes, especially by way of drive appeal. Which is the better? I'd say it's too close to call. So if you're in the market for a new light car, we suggest checking both (or all three if versatility is what drives you). And, while you're there, don't forget our Australia's Best Light Car champion, the Renault Clio Expression TcE. the Jazz, which surprised with a best of 24.1 metres. The Mazda was 25.3m. Road/tyre noise is less suppressed in the latter, particularly over coarse chip and pock-marked surfaces, though it's an improvement over the previous model. VALUE FOR MONEY The Jazz is dearest by some $1700 over the Polo and $500 up on the Mazda2, but crunch the numbers and it shapes up well in terms of whole of ownership. According to Glass's Guide, the impact of depreciation is less with the Honda retaining 46 percent of its value after five years/70,000km, compared to 44 percent for the Mazda2 and 38 percent for the Polo. Capped price servicing, which all have, works out cheaper on average despite shorter service intervals, and it also costs less to insure. And though its ADR combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 5.8 litres/100km can't match the VW's 4.8 and Mazda's 4.9, on test the Honda averaged closest to its claimed number with 7.3 as opposed to 7.1 for the Polo (which requires dearer 95RON PULP) and 7.35 for the Mazda2. Warranty-wise, there's little between the three except that Mazda and VW offer unlimited kilometres to their three years, while Honda is limited to 100,000km. ^ Prices are Manufacturers' List Prices, not driveaway or special deal. ^^ Insurance cost is based on an RACQ Insurance comprehensive policy for a 35-year-old male, maximum no claim bonus, vehicle financially unencumbered, and $500 excess, postcode 4066, multi-policy and RACQ member loyalty discounts may apply. Discounts of 2.5-15 percent may be available to RACQ members, depending on length of membership. IMAGES: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) JAZZ, JAZZ INTERIOR, POLO INTERIOR.
April 1st 2015