Joshua David Luther; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
1498cc, 4 Cylinder,
DOHC, i-DTEC, Diesel
1198cc, 4 Cylinder,
SOHC, i-VTEC, Petrol
98.6 bhp@3600 rpm
88.8 bhp@6000 rpm
200 Nm@2000 rpm
110 Nm@4800 rpm
Front: McPherson strut with coil spring
Rear: Torsion beam axle with coil spring
wake up to a dreamy Friday morning and for a moment I am struggling to
understand why the blessed alarm is ringing at five in the morning. Then it hit
me, I had to leave early to review the new 3rd generation Honda Jazz. Without
another complaint I hop out of bed and am ready in a jiffy. Believe it or not
I’ve been a huge fan of the Jazz ever since I first laid my eyes on it. When
Honda launched the Jazz in India it was definitely ahead of its time and when I
saw the next generation of the Jazz, the first thought that crossed my mind was
“this is perfect”.
first sight the Honda Jazz is a hatch to fall in love with, the smooth flowing
lines, the aerodynamic design, the subtle chrome finishing will woo your
senses. Many aspects of the Jazz are still quite futuristic and give the car a
distinct identity. Honda has used a combination of sporty aggressive lines and
an elegant design philosophy to make the Jazz a head turner. The rear features
LED tail and stop lamps which extend into the tailgate, while the front has new edgy
looking headlamps which resemble the ones on the new Honda City. The new front
grill adds a touch of class with a single wing shaped plate in high gloss
finish bearing the Honda logo.
the inside the Jazz is quite like its other siblings and now boasts of more
space. While the new Jazz has the same height and width as the previous version
of the car, the length has increased by 55mm and the wheel base length has gone
up by 30mm. All of this has resulted in a substantial increase in space. While
front shoulder room has gone up by 35mm, the overall cabin volume has gone up
by 139 litres. Rear tandem distance has increased by 80mm, knee clearance has
gone up by 65mm and the overall rear legroom has increased by 115mm. Well all
of this has been achieved without compromising boot space which stands at 354
new Jazz will be available with two different engine options, a 1.2L Petrol and
a 1.5L Diesel. While the petrol engine is available with a 5-speed manual or a CVT
automatic, the diesel version is available with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The gear shifts are seamless and a smooth flow of power reminds you of Honda’s
engineering excellence. The 1.2L petrol produces
88.8 bhp@6000 rpm and churns out 110 Nm of torque @4800 rpm. The petrol motor
is smooth and zippy from the word go and is ideal for city driving conditions.
The 1.5L diesel motor produces 98.6 bhp@3600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque @2000 rpm.
While the petrol motor is as silent as a winter night in the North Pole, the
diesel motor is a tad bit noisy but then again which diesel motor isn’t. In
terms of performance the diesel motor is slightly better than average and the
turbo kicks in anywhere north of 2500rpm. But once you get to higher gears it’s
all smooth sailing. The major influencer for me to lean towards the diesel
motor is economy. The 1.5L diesel engine returns 27.3kmpl while the petrol
manual returns 18.7kmpl and the CVT automatic returns 19kmpl.
The Jazz is now 3955mm long while the
wheelbase measures 2530mm. The ground clearance is 165mm, which is better than
before and potholes or abnormally large speed breakers should not be an issue
any longer. The suspension provides for a very smooth and comfortable ride. In
terms of handling, the Jazz feels planted to the road even at speeds in excess
of 120kmph. The 175/65 R15 tyres provide phenomenal grip on tarmac and driving
on the ‘twisties’ of the Western Ghats was a treat. The steering is mildly
stiff but loosens up as you gain speed and you will never feel the need to over
The new Jazz is equipped with a sophisticated
touch screen air condition control, 5 inch audio entertainment system monitor
which also doubles up as a parking camera with 3 different viewing modes,
internally adjustable and foldable ORVMs, Eco Assist light in the speed-o-meter to display economical driving
patterns, USB and AUX input slots, Bluetooth connectivity and many smartly
placed cubby holes and cup holders. The top spec of the Jazz also comes with
Honda’s new Magic Seats which can be adjusted in 4 different modes i.e. Tall,
Long, Utility and Refresh to increase storage space and convenience of
The Jazz is a global car, it has not
necessarily been designed for the Indian market but yes the 1.5 litre Diesel
version has specifically been brought in for the Indian consumer. Fitting
perfectly in its segment, the Jazz definitely has what it takes to impress
buyers and should be a worthy contender for the ever competitive premium hatch
back segment. We expect the Jazz to be priced somewhere around Rs. 6,00,000
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