For most people who live in urban centers, they know that parking space are tight and limited and the commute to work can be very long, increasing the cost of owning a car and compounding an individual’s carbon footprint. For a large segment of the car buying public, the answer is a super-mini car. These cars offer incredible km/l numbers as well as room for four to five passengers.
Toyota and Mazda have been offering the benchmark vehicles in the supermini class for decades, determinedly upgrading their vehicles to meet the evolving needs of their customer base. Two of the best offerings the automakers have created are the Mazda Demio and the Toyota Vitz. Mazda began producing the Demio for the Japanese market as part of its 1996 model year offerings. Toyota produced the first Vitz for sale in Japan for the 1998 model year. Both cars have evolved through several generations, growing in size, comfort, and technical capability during each evolution.
Honda, Hyundai, and Fiat often grab many of the headlines within the class,but Mazda and Toyota offer two of the most dependable and economical units within the super-mini class.
The 2008 Mazda Demio and the 2008 Toyota Vitz are both well regarded by professional reviewers and the owner’s who drive them daily. Each comfortably seats four adult passengers. A fifth passenger can be seated in either car, but the cabin becomes cramped, especially in the Demio. Both vehicles will deliver the fuel efficiency that discerning buyers demand from a supermini. From the outside, each has a proud stance that is much more refined and sporty than one may expect from a subcompact car. The Demio features a sleeker look than the Vitz; however, the Toyota Vitz has a lower drag coefficient for better aerodynamics and improved fuel efficiency.
The interior of each is a bit austere when compared to luxury vehicles, but this does not mean that they do not have the technology that buyers want at their fingertips. The interior of the Toyota Vitz is designed with a small family or commuters in mind, making no pretense to offer deep luxury, yet providing the comforts needed for an extended trip anywhere in Japan. The Mazda Demio is similarly appointed, yet seems a tad more cramped during an extended trip.
Both the 2008 Toyota Vitz and the 2008 Mazda Demio are available as three and five-door hatchbacks. Each production line is can be powered by a fuel sipping three-cylinder engine or a variety of durable four-cylinder engines. These can be paired to a number of manual, automatic, or CVT transmission options. With so many similarities, you may wonder what the main differences between the two vehicle lines are. Below, we will look at those differences in more detail.
For many years the supermini car group could be summed up in one word: cheap. Cheaply made, cheaply designed, and cheaply constructed. Since its inception, the Toyota Vitz has been designed to change that perception. While the Vitz does feature a spartan interior, it is made from top quality materials and is designed to be driver accessible.
The first and second generations of the Demio were known for their cheap interiors. While the 2008 Mazda Demio continues to feature an interior that is a minimalists dream, it is far from cheap. Mazda has incorporated ample amounts of faux chrome and backlighting to give the interior of the third generation a modern feel that counteracts its minimalism.
The 2008 Toyota Vitz is a very fuel efficient car. The only Toyota product that is more efficient is the Prius. Most people equate such a petrol sipping car with a poor or, at the very best, mediocre driving experience. That is not true with the Toyota Vitz.
The 2008 Mazda Demio, known as the Mazda2 in non-Asian markets, is an intuitive, agile supermini that Mazda has poured its heart and soul into. Refusing to bend to the common mythos that an inexpensive fuel-sipper should be made inexpensively, Mazda has gone to great lengths to create a car that is as fun to drive as it is to look at.
Overall, the 2008 Toyota Vitz is the better vehicle if you are most interested in fuel efficiency or need the most cabin space possible. Likewise, the 2008 Mazda Demio is the perfect car for drivers who want above average fuel economy, but want responsive acceleration. While we do not wholeheartedly recommend one over the other, now you have the information you need to make a better informed decision when buying your next car.