The Honda Jazz is an elegant hatchback launched by the Japanese carmaker in India in the year 2009 with only petrol powered variants. However, it was discontinued in 2013 due to poor demand. Therefore, a new generation Jazz was launched last year in India on July 8, 2015 in five variants namely- E, S, SV,V and VX.
Outlook and Exteriors
The Honda Jazz is undoubtedly very good looking from every angle and sports a couple of similarities to other Honda cars like the Honda City and the Honda Mobilio.
The Honda Jazz sports a short front bonnet with a matte black grille and chrome accents. Large twin-colored angular headlights; inspired from the Honda City rest casually above the body colored bumper. Lower your eyes and you will notice the inverted trapezoidal airdam along with two circular foglamps.
The car has lots of aggressive cuts and creases and a familiar mono-volume layout that’s helpsdifferentiating the Jazz in the crowd. Its dense character lines are best visible in its side profile as they run from the front fenders and connect to the tail lights. Large vent windows, electrically adjustable &foldable ORVM’s with turn indicator and new twin four-spoke alloy wheels further jazz up its silhouette.
Walking to the backside of the car, the LED rear tail lamp and reflectors running up the sides of the rear windscreen and the tailgate spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp are some fresh changes made to the car.
Interior, Features and Ambience
Stepping inside the vehicle, a certain familiarity fills you over. The placement of the AC vents, the shiny plastic on the centre console and even the steering with the mounted audio controls are all very alike to the Honda City.
The car features a 5” touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, iPod, USB and AUX connectivity that can also be doubled as a reverse parking camera. Auto AC with touchscreen control panel as well as some first in segment features like eco assist system with inbuilt ambient meter rising that changes colors according to your driving style are also introduced in this hatchback.
The Honda Jazz has lots to offer in terms of comfort. The front and back seats are sturdy, upright and provide ample of lumbar and under-thigh support.
It has a boot space of 354 litres which can be extended by folding the rear seats to a complete flat. For a business class experience, you can fold the front passenger seat and relax on long journeys. Termed as ‘magic seats’ by the carmaker, the hatchback has around four seating modes for space.
Apart from that, the car has multiplebottle holders, cup holders and cubby holes to hold your knick knacks.
Engine and Performance
The Honda Jazz is available with two engine options. First is the 1.5-litre i-DTECH diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission capable of producing 100 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The power-mill is claimed to provide a fuel efficiency of 27.3kmpl.
Second is the 1.2-litre i-VTECH petrol engine available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic transmission. It is worthy of producing 90 bhp and 110 Nm of peak torque. The manual transmission has a claimed mileage of 18.7kmpl while the automatic boasts of a fuel economy of 19kmpl.
The diesel engine is a familiar power-mill to drive as it has been previously seen on the updated Honda Amaze, the Honda Mobilio and the Honda City. The power delivery of this engine is pretty linear up till it reaches the 4200rpm mark. However, the best from this engine is obtained between 1500-2500rpm.
The petrol engine with the automatic gearbox does reasonably well. It has a smooth shifting mechanism and is very suitable for city traffic. However, if you put your right foot flat, it slows down and takes time to respond. The engine wails and its hardwork can be heard inside the cabin.
On the other hand, the petrol manual is not much of a show before 2500rpm. The engine pops and stays powerful upto 6000 rpm only after crossing the 2500rpm mark.
Both the engines are meant for practicality and not to satisfy the auto enthusiast in you. Rev it gradually, upshift early and it will follow through. It is best suitable to cruise on a highway.
Ride Quality and Handling
After taking a test drive of Honda Jazz, it is evident that the hatchback has a lot on its plate to offer. Space is abundant in the cabin and it feels nice and airy with loads of glass area.
The clatter of the diesel engine is very much audible in the cockpit. However, it is a definite step up from the other Honda cars. The CVT also has a particular sound strain. It is the petrol manual of the Jazz that has a kind of sporty ring to its engine.
Road breaks, potholes are successfully absorbed with the help of McPherson strut suspension with coil springs on the front tires and Torsion beam axle suspension with coil springs on the rear tires.
Braking and Safety
The Honda Jazz has disc breaks up front and drum brakes in the rear tires while the top variant of the hatch comes equipped with ABS and dual front airbags.
The Honda Jazz is a very spacious and versatile hatchback with ample of features and noteworthy practicality.