Honda Jazz has been a much loved product in the Indian market. It has been in
the premium hatch segment for quite a while now. Lately, the competition has
armored itself to the teeth so the Jazz was in need of an update. The update
came and we got the chance to drive it on an especially rainy day. How big is
the update and how much up to speed is the Jazz now, we find out.
1199cc, i-VTEC SOHC, Petrol
Dimensions (L x W x H)
3995mm x 1694mm x 1544mm
Kerb Weight (VX CVT)
McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Torsion Beam Axle, Coil Spring
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs 7.35-8.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Design and Styling of
It was a bit disheartening to see that not much has changed
on the exterior of the car. It sports the same look as it always used to,
except for some additions. Along with the chrome slat on the front and rear of
the car you now get chrome door handles. The rear also has the LED wing lights
which give the rear a handsome look about it. The tail-lamp extends vertically
along the edge of the boot lid and has a honeycomb like design inside. Apart
from this the car retains its simple looks that are not essentially bad or
bland in any way. I would have liked to see LED DRLs in the wraparound
headlamps. The 15-inches alloy wheel look smart and in my opinion the rear
section is the most busy and interesting to look at.
Interiors of Honda
The interiors have been treated to more changes when
compared to the exterior. The most notable of them is the new 7.0 inches
touchscreen infotainment system which Honda calls as DigiPad 2.0. This new
screen is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Touch response
is smooth and while it might not be the most vibrant looking screen in the
business, it does its bidding. The 2018 Jazz also comes with satellite
navigation and that is definitely a plus in today's time. In our limited time
with the car, the navigation system worked great and found correct routes to
places we wanted to go. You also get a smart key with the new Jazz and if you
opt for the top end model then you even get an engine start/stop button. There
is also an armrest present in the Jazz now that can be used to perch your arm.
Underneath it, is a large area for storing things. Speaking of storage, Honda
Jazz has always had lots of places to store things and this new avatar is no
different in that regard. There are cavities with all four doors for storing
bottles, cubby holes and cup holders on the centre floor console and a special
cup holder for the driver. This time around, the driver also gets a vanity
mirror. The ORVMs are now electronically controlled and can be adjusted,
retracted and opened with the controls on the driver side door. The seats
remain comfortable and the cushioning is adequate. The side bolsters keep you
held in place and as a 6 feet tall person, I had no lack of headroom or
legroom. Even the thigh support was great.
In the second row you get a bench that can easily seat 3
people thanks to the mostly flat tunnel. Even with the driver seat set to my
preference, I had plenty of legroom and kneeroom in the second row. Thigh
support, however, could have been better. Altogether the Honda Jazz has a lot
of space inside. But what I felt was missing in the second row were seatback
pockets and adjustable headrests. While there are no dedicated AC vents for the
second row occupants, that is hardly a problem as the automatic climate control
unite at the front is more than capable of regulating the temperature of the
cabin even on a hot day.
Engine & Performance
of Honda Jazz
The 2018 Honda Jazz is available in both petrol and diesel
options. The 1.2L petrol engine comes mated to either a 5-speed manual
transmission or and 7-speed CVT. The diesel on the other hand can only be had
with a 6-speed manual as of now. We drove the petrol automatic and found that
there is not much that has changed. This is the same refined i-VTEC engine from
Honda and it packs 88.7hp and 110Nm of torque. The car can easily take on city
traffic and perform everyday overtaking maneuvers. There is now a cruise
control option that will be liked by those that take on the highways regularly.
The Jazz can easily reach and maintain triple digit speeds without breaking a
sweat. The 7 step CVT is smooth and you do not notice the gear changes until
you stomp on the gas pedal. Honda has also added paddle shifts into the mix
along with a sport mode. The combination of these two definitely turns the
driving dynamics of this car a lot more exciting and controllable.
As I mentioned earlier, it was raining continuously while we
were testing the Jazz and I was quite impressed by the grip of the tyres and
the bite from the brakes despite the wet weather. The wheels provided loads of
contact with the wet tarmac and inspired a lot of confidence in me. Taking
turns at high speeds was just as fun as it is on a normal day. The disc at the
front and drum at the rear, combined with ABS and EBD (which have become
standard now) brought the car to a halt without locking the wheels. The
suspension setup also feels soft enough to soak in almost all the bumps that
the roads had to offer.
This new update of the Jazz adds a few extra notes to an
already jazzy tune. The touchscreen infotainment system with navigation is
perhaps the best of the new additions and the armrest is also appreciated. The
move to make dual airbags, ABS and EBD standard, enhances the safety factor. By
no means is the Jazz a bad pick. It definitely will have a lot of takers in the
form of people who like space and a funky ride.
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