Honda Fit and Mazda Demio are some of the most sought-after hatchbacks in Kenya. Prior to their small size, these two cars are reliable and have excellent fuel economy. If you were to choose between the two, what unit would you go for? This article will give you a brief insight between the 2015 Honda Fit and Mazda Demio.
2015 Honda Fit
The 2015 Model is the 3rd generation known as GK and has been in production from 2013 to 2020. They have an increased length and extended wheelbase from the previous generation of models.
The 2015 Honda Fit has 3 engine options. A hybrid engine is linked to an electric motor with a 7-speed DCT transmission and the non-hybrid engines are either linked to a CVT transmission or manual transmissions ( 5-speed or 6-speed).
The 2015 Honda Fit has 4 grades:
- Honda Fit 13G. Comes with the 1.3 Litre L 13 B engine and standard features. This can either be a 5-speed manual or auto transmission.
- Honda Fit 15X. Comes with the 1.5 Litre L 15 B engine and standard features. It comes in a 6-speed manual or auto CVT.
- Honda Fit RS. This is the sports version of Honda Fit which is tuned for performance and has an upgraded suspension and a 1.5 Litre L 15 engine.
- Honda Fit hybrid. Comes with the 1.5 Litre LEB hybrid engine.
Despite its small size, the Honda Fit has more legroom for the passengers and driver. Some of its safety features include SRS airbags, side airbags, vehicle emergency stop signals, ABS, etc. It has a fuel tank capacity of 40 liters with fuel consumption of:
- 26 Km/l for 13 G.
- 21 Km/l for 15 X.
- 36 Km/l for the hybrid.
The Honda Fit has a low ground clearance which can be adjusted by approved dealers to suit the Kenyan terrain. Honda Fit has good stability, good ride quality, and handling compared to the Demio and Vitz. It has fairly priced spare parts and is reliable.
2015 Mazda Demio
The 2015 Mazda Demio is the fourth generation since they were first launched. These models are available in 3 petrol engine choices of 74 bhp, 89 bhp, and 113 bhp, and a 104 bhp 1.5 Liter turbocharged diesel engine.
The Mazda Demio has an assortment of grade highlights which include SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav, Red edition, and Sport black. These grades are similar in most features with slight differences in standard features. Since the Demio is so small, the legroom is on the downside in comparison to the Honda Fit. The first-row seats can be adjusted to increase the legroom which in turn will further limit the legroom on the second row.
Mazda Demio has a boot space of 280 liters. When the back seats are folded, the boot space increases to 950 liters. With a ground clearance of about 155 mm, the Demio is positioned slightly higher than the Honda Fit. However, this ground clearance is still low and can be slightly raised depending on your preference.
Some safety features that come with a Mazda Demio include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, EBC, traction control, EBD, and brake assist. The fuel tank capacity is 44 Litres and fuel consumption ranges from 18 Km/l in the 1.5L, 20 km/l in the 1.3L, and 25 Km/l in the 13-SKYACTIV 1.3L. Mazda Demio is less expensive than the Fit and Vitz. It is also reliable with good fuel economy.
What are your thoughts and additions about the two models?