Honda Jazz Review & 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.


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. Car loan intrest rate starts from 8.5 to 9.7 at Fincarz.

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.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.

Honda Jazz Exteriors & 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 Interiors & Space

Step inside and you will find familiar environment as the car is quite identical to sibling City save a few details such as instrument cluster and storage spaces. The cabin is as flexible as the old one with the driver seat getting height adjustment functionality. Unlike the previous version, this time Honda has removed the magic seats in the Jazz. The feature was a practical option for many of the users as they get flipped individually, fold as well as could go completely flat to make massive space for storing luggage. This was the big USP of the earlier Jazz but the reason Honda removing this feature is not known.

However, the updated version gets several new features such as new push engine start/stop button and cruise control which were long demanded by the folks. The car also get new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit which the carmaker call as Digipad 2.0. Powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the unit can be used for music as well as navigation, voice command and Bluetooth streaming. It also displays feeds from the rear parking camera.

The 354L of boot space is still massive and best in its class even giving tight noose competition to some of the compact sedans out there. The car still remain practical on several aspects, there is front centre armrest with storage and parcel shelf at the rear. Ingress and egress is absolutely comfortable especially for the elder ones in the family. The trunk lid is nice and flat which makes loading the luggage easy while the massive greenhouse offers an excellent view of the surroundings. Check for Honda Jazz in spectralreview

The seats in the car at both front and the rear are wide and comfortable while the black upholstery on the top of the range variant looks youthful. It would not get dirty easily as there is beige seat fabric given in the lower variants. The legroom is more than what one would expect in such a car and the same goes for headroom as well. The ergonomics are perfect in this car with everything falling into hands so easily. The leather-wrapped steering offers excellent grip and while there is rake adjustment for it, there is no option for reach adjustment.

The instrument cluster is also not too different from what we see in the City sedan. The dials in the instrument are clear and easy to read and you would love the way how graphical bar moves with a light foot. The unit also shows real-time fuel efficiency and also the ambient cluster lights glows green or blue according to the driving style i.e. blue if you are not drive sensibly and green if you are. The multi-information display also gives information on outside temperature display, cruising range, fuel consumption warning/distance to empty and shift position indicator. And like all the other Hondas out there, this one also illuminates during the day as well.

There are some new goodies in the list including one push start/stop button with white & red illumination and cruise control. Other comfort factors in the updated Jazz remain intact with features such as electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM, auto up/down driver window, front and rear power windows and automatic ac with touchscreen control panel. The rear ac vents is still missing in the car, a feature which is being offered in cars like Hyundai Santro.

Honda Jazz Engine & Transmission

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’.The new Honda Jazz model will continue with the same engines as the pre-facelift model. Thus mileage figures are likely to remain the same. While the MT Petrol promises to return around 18.7 KMPL, the CVT variant can deliver an impressive 19 KMPL. The Diesel variant on the other hand promises to returns 27.3 KMPL.

Honda Jazz Driving Dynamics

The new generation Jazz sits on a highly improved suspension setup. The car offers excellent ride quality especially at slow and medium speeds while crashing into the potholes is no more a concern. The Japanese automaker looking at the Indian driving conditions has cleverly managed to straighten out the stiffness in the ride quality.The powered steering is light, fuss-free and direct that makes the car perfect for city driving. The car is able to tackle corner with ease and remain composed till the grip limits of the tyres. For price details on Honda cars check Autzhop.

Honda Jazz Braking & Safety

The Honda Jazz comes equipped with standard front disc and drum brake setup at the rear. And the brakes perform as you would expect from such a car. The system helps the car comes to halt in a straight line without any fuss while applying brakes at high speeds. The folks driving the car will get used to the sharp bite it offers.

As per safety aspects, the new Honda Jazz uses Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) Body Structure that helps redirect collision energy away from the passenger and minimizing damage. Almost everything is standard in this car except reverse parking camera with guidelines. The car continues to offer dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed sensing auto door lock, driver seatbelt reminder, day/night inside rear view mirror, rear windshield defogger and engine immobilizer.

Honda Jazz Price in Bangalore

Honda Jazz On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 8,89,380 to 10,98,102 for variants Jazz V MT Petrol and Jazz VX MT Diesel respectively. Honda Jazz is available in 7 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Jazz variants price in Bangalore. Check for Jazz price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Honda Jazz Summing Up

The changes that you will notice in the facelift Jazz hatchback are subtle, but the changes inevitably make the hatchback much better equipped so that it could face its new rivals easily. With all the expected changes that we mentioned above the hatchback surely looks well equipped and will prove to be much more value for money product.

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