Honda Jazz Overview
It was the Honda Jazz that kicked off the premium hatchback segment in India and it was one of those cars that didn’t sell well because it was launched much ahead of its time and our market wasn’t really ready for such cars. With the launch of the new Jazz in 2015, the premium hatchback got a fair bit of attention from buyers and raked up decent enough sales. 3 years after this generation’s launch, Honda has now come up with a very minor update to the car which isn’t really a proper facelift but more of a variant rejig. What is the 2018 Honda Jazz all about, we tell you.
The Honda Jazz is also known as Honda Fit in the international markets. It was launched in India in its second generation, which didn’t do quite well in terms of sales. Honda launched the new generation in 2015 that picked up some pace thanks to the acceptance of the premium hatchback segment in the Indian car market by then. Book a test drive for Jazz in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Honda Jazz Design
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 Cabin
The New Jazz is a hatch for sure but it doesn’t come with typical demerits of one. You won’t feel suffocated in it as Honda has added more length and wheelbase only to add more room and make the occupants feel at ease on both short commutes and long trips.Honda cars have always been offered with premium quality interiors and the new Jazz is no different. Taking generous inspiration from its elder sibling, the steering wheel and instrumental cluster feel more modern than earlier. The three eye meter gets an analogue tachometer, speedometer and an information screen displaying fuel consumption, average and distance to empty. The brand new steering wheel has controls only to operate the infotainment screen.
The top of the spec petrol V variant sports a 5 inch LCD screen, which features Bluetooth telephony and other entertainment options like iPod, USB and Aux-in connectivity. The same screen also acts as reverse camera with three views namely wide, normal and top down display making it easy to park in rough conditions. The VX variant gets a bigger 6.2 inch touchscreen unit with Audio Visual Navigation system as standard. Similar to the City, it gets an advanced AC control unit which works via touch.
Customers can avail two interior trims, dual tone and all black. Both the petrol and diesel high end variants are offered with an all black interiors with one thing in common among all variants and that is fit and finish, which is rock solid. The plastics used on the dashboard and door trims aren’t visually the best but in terms of durability, they are.
Large doors at front and rear have eased up the egress and ingress for even taller passengers. One need not crawl on his knees to enter the cabin and the same applies while exiting. The extension of wheelbase, reducing the travel of rear suspensions and relocation of fuel tank has indeed helped the knees, elbows and shoulders of all occupants to have a better breather of a space.
One segment first feature contributing greatly to convenience is ‘Magic Seats’. Taking care of mundane needs of hauling cargo of odd shapes, sizes and proportions, the rear seats can be arranged in four different modes such as Utility Mode, Tall Mode, Long Mode and the refresh mode. This can help accommodate a cooking gas cylinder, a bike, a chair and many other things. It is also useful to recline seats and make it the best place to sit inside. Check for Honda Jazz in ibin.co.in
The seats are as comfortable as much as convenient. The flattish rear seats miss on under thigh support which can be a bit of bother on long journeys. In terms of pure space, the headroom, legroom and kneeroom have been taken care of by an increase of 139L in passenger volume. In case you wish to know specifically how much, the front shoulder room is up by 35mm, rear tandem distance by 80mm, knee clearance by 65mm and rear legroom by 115mm.
Honda Jazz Performance
No mechanical changes have been made to the 2018 Honda Jazz. It is powered by the same set of engines and unfortunately the Japanese automaker isn’t offering a CVT gearbox with the diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC unit producing 89 HP at 6000 RPM and 110 Nm at 4800 RPM. This engine feels quite underpowered with below average low-end performance. In the mid-range, the engine starts opening up a bit but most of the action lies only near the redline. Out on the highways, a fair number of gearshifts are required if you want to gather pace quickly or while overtaking. The manual gearbox is slick and the clutch is light while the CVT, though noisy, is super convenient and a good choice for people who want an AT. The Jazz petrol isn’t exactly fuel efficient and you can expect 9-12 km/l from the petrol variants.
The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that makes 99 HP at 3600 RPM and 200 Nm at 1750 RPM. This comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. There are no noticeable changes to the NVH levels and the engine continues to feel noisy. Drivability with the oil-burner is very good and turbo lag is manageable and the Jazz delivers power linearly in the mid-range but starts tapering off before 4000 RPM. It doesn’t run out of steam on the highways too and the 6th gear is also a huge boon while you’re cruising. With the diesel variant, expect fuel efficiency to hover between 17-21 km/l.
The suspension is slightly on the stiffer side and while high speed ride is very good, at low speeds some sharp undulations manage to filter inside the cabin. High speed stability is very good and while the Jazz has some body roll, it is well contained. The steering is light enough for city driving and out on the highways it weighs up decently offering good feedback too. Braking performance is good but the tyre grip isn’t that great and the small rubber tends to loose grip if you push the car hard.
Honda Jazz Safety
The safety package too has got an upgrade on the new Honda Jazz. Dual airbags, rear parking sensors, rear windshield defogger, speed sensing door unlock and ABS with EBD come as standard across all the variants. The top variant in addition gets a reverse camera with guidelines. Honda has really upped the safety game on the Jazz which is a good thing. In terms of after sales, Honda’s badge is known for its reliability and the Jazz is a pocket friendly hatch to run when it comes to service costs.
Honda Jazz Cost in Chennai
Honda Jazz On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,73,609 to 10,50,878 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 Chennai. Check for Jazz price in Chennai at Carzprice.
Honda Jazz Verdict
It is a complete no brainer to assume and know that Honda wants to pitch the New Jazz against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Suzuki Swift. For a long time, the Japanese car major didn’t have a presence in the premium hatch segment except for the Brio which was not an apple to apple rival against the competition.
This time around, Honda looks better equipped to take on the competition. The efficiency figures are 18.7 kmpl for the manual petrol variant and 19 kmpl for the CVT while the diesel delivers a jaw dropping 27.3 kmpl, second to India’s most fuel efficient car Maruti Suzuki Celerio. It is truly commendable for Honda to have achieved such figures considering it has a larger displacement.
One more aspect where the Honda Jazz scores more is its amazing practicality making it a highly convenient way of travelling around. In addition to first time buyers, it will also attract premium customers looking for a second car in the family. The Jazz has always worked as an aspirational car with the affluent class. The only issue with the earlier offering was its enthusiastic pricing. We hope Honda improves on it with the launch of New Jazz.