Honda Jazz Performance & Test Drive

Honda Jazz Overview

The Honda Jazz is not an unfamiliar model in the Indian market. Honda hesitated initially to bring it to India because it shared the same platform as that of the City making it expensive by the average prices for B+ segment hatchbacks of that time. In many markets the Jazz is more expensive than the City.Despite knowing that this kind of pricing formula can’t work for India, Honda went ahead and launched the car here after attempting to source components from Thailand — its other Asian manufacturing hub. The result was still a price that put the Jazz beyond reach for most premium small car buyers. In fact, sales of the Hyundai i20, which was launched just before the Jazz debuted, picked up substantially after the Jazz’s price announcement, because the i20 suddenly seemed like such good value.

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But the Honda Jazz became an aspirational icon, it still is, and is probably the reason why current Jazz owners swear by the car and don’t want to part with it. The Jazz kind of started the maturing process of the Indian premium hatch buyer. Request a test drive for Jazz in Tryaldrive

Honda Jazz Exterior & Style

The exterior styling of the new Jazz is sporty and much different from its predecessor.The front grill and the headlamp cluster retain the new Honda styling which you will also find in other updated Honda products including the recently launched City. The City like sharp angular headlamp unit along with the grille looks like as if that they are a single unit but actually they are not. The front grille of the Jazz is much slicker and also has the Honda logo placed in the middle. The front bumper styling looks more aggressive and now it has a air intake unit.

There has been no major updates on the side profile of the new Jazz it has the same rising lines and sporty creases all over its side profile, a side character line now starts from the A pillar and ends neatly towards the crafted tail lamps at the rear of the hatch. There are even side turn indicators in the rear view mirrors which is a new addition.

Towards the rear there is a new attractive chrome band that runs parallel to the windscreen while the taillamp really enhances the overall rear profile. Lastly the rear bumper gets the same designed bumper identical to the one that you will find towards the front.What we loved most about the new Jazz is the fact that Honda has not let the Jazz to lose its identity and this new Jazz although is built on a completely new platform carries the same overall proportion and resemblance with the old hatch.

Honda Jazz Interior & Space

Like the exterior, the interiors too sport very few visible changes. The 2018 Jazz gets the same dashboard with a funky design and a flurry of asymmetric cues. It is well thought-out too, with nice touches including multiple cubby-holes, numerous cup holders and the touch controls for the air-con is intuitive too. Overall plastic quality, although largely good, is still a notch or two below the standards set by some of its competitors.

As before, the brilliance of the Jazz lies in its comfortable interiors. Entry into the massive cabin is made easy by large doors which open wide. Outward visibility is good, thanks to the generous glass area, but thick A-pillars obstruct view. The front seats are set at a good height and are broad with generous bolstering and comfortable over long journeys. But it’s the rear seat which is the real highlight. There is abundance of knee room at the rear and the generous width and flat floor makes it a decent five-seater too. Unlike the old car though, Honda has ditched the trademark magic seats, which is a shame. What has also been omitted are adjustable rear headrests. This a glaring exclusion, as the fixed headrests are too small and won’t help in case of a rear-end collision. The boot, like before, is generous and the low loading lip and wide opening makes loading heavy luggage an easy affair.

With the new Jazz, Honda has ditched the base E and SV trim. As a result, every variant of the Jazz is well equipped. The top Honda Jazz VX trim now comes with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has loads of features. It comes with 3D satellite navigation, Voice recognition, Mirror-link, two USB ports, HDMI port, 1.5GB of internal memory, Bluetooth telephony with music streaming and much more. It is a well-integrated unit and is easy to scroll through. Honda has also made rear parking sensors and speed sensing door lock standard, which honestly should have been there even on the earlier Jazz. Although the top CVT and the diesel variants get keyless go-and-cruise control, it has been weirdly omitted on the VX petrol manual variant. Overall the Jazz is well equipped but lags behind the competition as it doesn’t offer gizmos like LED DRLs, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming rear view mirror.

Honda Jazz Engine & Gearbox

The new Jazz is being offered with a petrol and a diesel engine option. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre i-VTEC generating 90PS of peak power and 110Nm of peak torque. This engine is paired with either the 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox. The engine is the predictably refined petrol powertrain from Honda with the manual gearbox offering slick, short shifts. The CVT is as much a delight use, thanks to the steering-mounted paddle shifters that are being offered by Honda, finally. So, even if you find the eco-conscious CVT a bit too slow to kick down and help you with the overtake manoeuvre, you can now take control, blip the paddles and go down the gears and go on.

The diesel engine on offer is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC in the same state of tune and with the same 6-speed manual gearbox as is currently on offer in the Honda City. Generating 100PS of peak power and 200Nm of peak torque, this engine is quite a gem in terms of how tractable it is and the amount of low end torque available from as low as 1,400rpm makes it very useable in city driving conditions. It was a bit noisy in the City’s cabin and it continues to be so in the Jazz too. But the clatter of the diesel engine and general noise levels are very much tolerable at low rpms. It is only past the 2,500 rpm levels that the noise starts intruding.

Both the engines offer adequate power and torque, the lag in delivery is there, but is fairly short before the car pulls ahead clean. Gear stick shift quality is great, though a bit prominent and ‘notchy’.

Honda Jazz Ride & Handling

Where the 2018 Jazz has improved substantially is in terms of suspension refinement. Gone is the clunky suspension, and the 2018 Jazz just glides over imperfections with surprising ease. It still feels firm, but it´s well judged and it never feels uncomfortable. We also feel this is due to Honda ditching low rolling resistance Michelin’s for MRF’s, as the softer sidewall of the latter gives the ride a softer edge. The Jazz was never meant to thrill around corners, but it does hold its own in terms of the way it drives. Pushing it hard into corners results in the tyres fighting for grip, but it isn’t half as bad as you may imagine from such slim rubber. Even the electric power steering feels quite accurate and makes the Jazz always feels surefooted and stable.

Honda Jazz Safety & Security

The Jazz comes loaded with plenty of safety features to start with it gets both driver and front passenger side airbags, the Jazz is also equipped with ABS and EBD as well, rear defogger and rear wiper and washer.Honda has also made rear parking sensors and speed sensing door lock standard, which honestly should have been there even on the earlier Jazz. Although the top CVT and the diesel variants get keyless go-and-cruise control, it has been weirdly omitted on the VX petrol manual variant. Overall the Jazz is well equipped but lags behind the competition as it doesn’t offer gizmos like LED DRLs, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming rear view mirror.

Honda Jazz Cost in Bangalore

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,50,520/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,064/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Jazz price in Bangalore at Carprice

Honda Jazz Conclusion

The new Honda Jazz certainly looks promising and will definitely give its rivals some tough competition. This definitely has not received a huge change in terms of looks but by far this is definitely the better looking hatch than its predecessor which also offers practicality inside. The new Jazz also gets the diesel engine option this time which will definitely give it an added advantage.The new Jazz will definitely attract the attention of those buyers who are looking for a spacious, practical and premium hatch.

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