Honda Jazz Overview
Honda’s reborn Jazz gets several updates, including design changes on the outside and a spruced-up cabin stuffed with equipments for making it snugger. Despite underpinning a new platform and embodying various styling changes, the Jazz is evidently reminiscent of the older one, which implies that the basic silhouette of the premium hatchback remains unchanged. Though, quite contrary to it, Jazz’s version still has a lot on offing, which was missing earlier and keeps your interest alive in it. One of the most prominent changes made to the nose is the front grille that meets seamlessly with the headlights, thus making it appear like a single unit. Also, the strong beltline stretched until the tail lights accentuates the side profile and renders the much-required assertiveness to the hatchback. The cabin offers generous space. That said, it is undoubtedly one of the most spacious hatchbacks in the B segment, offering ample leg room, head space and shoulder space even to the passengers sitting at the rear. A host of features have been embedded inside, totally complementing the large cabin space and hence upping the practicality of the cabin.Check for Jazz On Road Price in Pune at CarzPrice
Honda Jazz Exterior
The Honda Jazz has a strong design identity of its own and thus all three generations of this hatchback show an evolutionary direction. One might be tempted to call this car a compact MPV as certain angles does make it look like a shrunk down MPV. There are certainly some nice design elements which make the Jazz look premium like the headlights which are similar to the City (they are single barrel while the City gets dual barrel), they merge into the grille that gets a piano black finishing and a chrome line below. Honda’s angular design does make the Jazz look attractive at the front while at the side, the Jazz come across as big which is largely due to the glass area, the vehicle getting both front and rear quarter-glass for added green house.
The B and C pillars are blackened which will certainly look good on light colours like white while a strong belt line runs from the door, merging with the rear tail light at the top and flowing through the rear bumper on the bottom. The tyres look small on the car and bigger wheels (at least on the top spec trims) would have made the car look more balanced. The rear is nicely done with reflectors right next to the windscreen while a large chrome bar is right below, featuring the Honda logo. The reflector and rear LED tail lights together make the rear portion look a bit like the Volvo V40. There is also a rear spoiler (the VX trim gets a bigger one) with stop lamp while the bumper has a black rectangle mesh finish on either side to reduce the visual bulk. Just like all other Hondas, the design of the Jazz isn’t outright exciting or eye catchy but it does have subtle appeal.
Honda Jazz Interior
The interiors of the Honda Jazz 2017 are derived from the Honda City. The higher variants get a complete black interior while the other variants have a black and beige combination. The Honda Jazz 2016 has a similar steering wheel, dash board and even a similar instrument cluster. This is a three dial cluster that even shows driver information system like Trip, Distance to empty, mileage etc. The top variant of the Honda Jazz 2016 gets features like integrated music system with AVN, navigation, bluetooth connectivity and reverse parking camera, steering mounted controls, airbags and ABS. The unique feature offered on higher variants of the Jazz called as Magic seats and these can be folded in multiple ways.
The space that the Honda Jazz 2016 offers in one of the best in its segment. The interior space on the new Jazz has been increased by 139 litres compared to the previous one. The space in the front row is sufficient and the seats are comfortable. Then there are adjustable head rests that make seating a lot more comfortable. Even the rear row has comfortable seating for three large adults, which isn’t a very common thing. The Honda Jazz 2016 is a lot flexible and even the boot size at 354 litres is larger than most of the compact sedans too.
Honda Jazz Engine & Performance
Honda is offering the Jazz with both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol motor is the same unit that powered the old Jazz and does duty on the Brio and Amaze. It outputs 90 PS and 110 Nm, being paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 7-step CVT. Mid-range performance is the best and one does have to rev the motor a lot to get going quickly as the bottom-end isn’t strong. Performance post 4000 RPM is exciting as some enthusiasm is shown by the motor but that also gets amplified by the increase in engine sound, the i-VTEC mill getting quite loud. 100 km/hr comes up in third while doing the ton in top gear results in the engine spinning at just under 3500 RPM. The Jazz is positioned as a spacious car so chances of having more people in the vehicle can’t be ruled out and when there are more passengers on board, one really needs to wring out every juice from the mill to get going quickly, this 1.2-litre powerplant is just about adequate for the Jazz and Honda has no plans to offer the car with the City’s praise worthy 1.5-litre mill, due to higher excise duty it attracts.
The manual gearbox on the petrol Honda Jazz offers smooth shifts while the CVT comes with steering mounted paddles, a segment first feature. One does enjoy using the paddles to shift gears but the motor lacks punch to scorch the tarmac. Then there is the rubber band effect which is a given with a CVT unit, the Jazz suffers the same fate, thus the revs rise for no reason as the car still doesn’t get going as quickly as the tachometer would suggest. There is a Sport mode too and the Jazz automatic gets a gear position indicator in the tachometer pod. Upshifts happen at 6000 RPM (the manual Jazz redlines close to 7000 RPM) while downshifts don’t happen immediately even after you prod the big pedal for some thrust (in Sport mode). NVH levels are good but in CVT form, the added revs are heard loud and clear while the petrol motor is audible at high revs although the engine is silent at idle. The ARAI fuel economy numbers are 18.7 km/l for the manual and 19 km/l for the CVT.
The big news is, Honda has equipped the Jazz with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that belts out 100 PS and 200 Nm. The motor gets the same tune as the City as it’s not limited to 140 km/hr and comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox. NVH levels are good but only at idle because as you mash the throttle, the diesel clatter becomes very audible inside the cabin. The oil burner is almost lag free, has good low-end punch and redlines early at around 4100 RPM. Honda says it has widened the gear ratios over the City for better acceleration and higher fuel efficiency, on the latter front, the Jazz becomes the second most frugal car in India, returning an ARAI certified 27.3 km/l. The diesel Jazz certainly feels fun to drive as it doesn’t feel underpowered like the petrol model while the good low-end poke and strong mid-range makes it quick off the line. The car reaches 100 km/hr in third gear while at the same speed in top gear, it ticks the tacho at just under 2000 RPM. The diesel Jazz certainly feels more refined than the City while the 6-speed gearbox also offers smoother shifts.
Honda Jazz Performance and Handling
The ride quality of Honda Jazz 20167 is good and is also an improvement over earlier Hondas. It does a good job of absorbing the bumps. The Michelin Energy Saving tyres help to increase the fuel efficiency of the Honda Jazz 2016, however, they aren’t that sticky on the road. The handling of the Jazz is good. This along with the peppiness of the diesel, is a great combination. The steering feedback is excellent and it weighs up well. This is indeed one of the much better electronic power steerings in the market.