But if you look at them stock, the Beat is smooth. The AZ-1 looks more 1980s(like an MR2) than '90s.I can't agree with the AZ-1 comment. The Beat was always a plain and ugly spud, and you can date it pretty much to the year. The AZ-1 was much more adventurous, and I think it's aged much better than the uber-Japanese Honda.
Just my 2 yen. Go see Tom's Turbo Garage to see how he dressed his AZ-1 up.