Honda Jazz Performance & First 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.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.

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Now, finally, after what seemed like an interminable wait, the Jazz is back. And Honda is confident that it won’t be making the same mistake of out-pricing the car again, thanks largely to the 95 per cent localisation that it has managed for the Jazz even at launch. The official unveil of the new 2015 Jazz is due on July 8 this year. But we got to test drive the new car in Goa and here are our first impressions. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda Jazz Style

We already did mention earlier that the Honda is working on a facelift Jazz and although the hatchback might have received subtle changes to the exterior and interior it will help keep things fresh for the Jazz until and unless the new generation car is introduced in the market. Towards the front, the Jazz which is popularly known as Fit for the markets of Japan gets a redesigned front face. The Jazz gets a slightly bigger and bolder-looking grille up front which looks similar to the ones found in the new City sedan. The front grille has received Chrome treatment to it. Apart from the new grille the front profile also gets redesigned bumpers which get a slightly bigger and different appearing lip. There are no significant changes towards the side profile though while towards the rear profile the bumper also has been redesigned.

To sum up, the styling expects the Honda Jazz hatchback to get subtle updates which will make it adopt the new Honda’s front face while the LED headlamps and integrated daytime running lamps along with LED taillamps will add some modern touches to the car as well.

Honda Jazz 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

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.

Honda Jazz Driving

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

Braking power on the hatchback is derived from front disc and rear drum brakes. As for safety, features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, speed-sensing auto door lock and day/night inside rear view mirror are standard across line-up.

Honda Jazz Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,50,466/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,006/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Jazz price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Jazz Conclusion

The Jazz’s ride quality is also a good balance of stiffness and accommodation. The rains had started in Goa and there were patches of rough road in places, though overall this tourist-friendly city’s roads are always clean. There is almost no body roll and the Jazz steering also felt quite precise for a car in this class. We would have liked a wider tyre, but with the car still focused on delivering good mileage this would have been a problem. Talking of efficiency, the petrol Jazz has a claimed rating of 18.7 kmpl for the manual and 19 kmpl for the CVT variants. The diesel Jazz is said to be capable of delivering 27.3 kmpl of mileage.

The Jazz is finally looking super promising with its build quality and overall appeal. Honda officials claim that they are absolutely sure that they will be pricing this new model aggressively thanks to localisation. We will wait to see if they keep their promise

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