Honda Jazz Hatchback First Drive

Honda Jazz Overview

The new Honda Jazz 2018 was not showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. As part of their multiple car onslaught in India, Honda will be upgrading its popular hatchback.Another reason for not displaying it at the Auto Expo was that this is a facelift. There will be no change to its design or mechanicals. It will get some tweaks in styling and addition of a few features, to make it better value. The new Jazz will get upgrades and one of them is the headlamp. There will projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs also.

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There shall be some features on offer too, like sunroof, new touchscreen system and even HDMI input. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue on the Jazz and the other option is the 1.5-litre diesel. Petrol will be offered with a five-speed manual and CVT, while the diesel shall have 6-speed manual on offer. What all will the new Honda Jazz 2018 pack in? Read further to know more. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Honda Jazz Exteriors

What’s changed? We wouldn’t blame you if you thought Honda hasn’t bothered changing anything with respect to the design. That’s because, they haven’t — at all. The “updated” version of the Jazz has had no changes to the sheet metal, or the bumpers. International markets got a fresher looking model in 2017, replete with sportier looking bumpers, new alloy wheels, and a full-LED headlamp cluster (a la Honda City). Sadly, the Indian version gets the short end of the stick.

There’s nothing substantial to report here, save for the small dollop of chrome on the door handles, and the extended lighting in the tail lamps. The added lights, though, are available only in the top-spec VX variant. Since we’re talking of the VX variant, do note that the Jazz no longer gets the sweet-looking spoiler. Honda could have used this update to jazz it up a bit (pun intended), and throw in a pair of daytime running lamps if not the full-LED headlamps. But, that’s not been the case. What we do get, are two new colours borrowed from the Amaze – red and silver.

Honda Jazz Interiors

Interestingly, this time around, only top-spec Jazz models will get the ‘magic seats’ at the back. These seats split, fold flat and flip upwards to make space for all shapes and sizes of cargo – that’s if the massive 354-litre boot won’t meet your needs anyway. These seats now also allow you to form a recliner by pushing the front seat backrests fully till they meet the rear seat base. It’s a unique feature picnickers and the chauffeur-driven will love. Those likely to spend more time in the back will also like how the backrest angle can be adjusted (a segment first) on top-end variants. However, the middle seat cushioning is firm and not very comfortable.

Up front, seat comfort is good but visibility past the thick A-pillars is limited and troublesome at crossroads. Otherwise, the Jazz’s driving environment is very similar to the City’s. The chunky steering, the instruments and the basic layout of the centre console are all very similar. The Jazz’s asymmetrical dashboard that comes finished in hard-wearing plastics extends further forwards towards the windscreen and the portion above the glovebox is more layered (there’s no secondary compartment like the old Jazz either). Still, with as many as nine cupholders and more than a few cubbyholes, you won’t find yourself short on storage spaces for small items.

Honda hopes you won’t find yourself shortchanged either. Because unlike the sparsely equipped old Jazz, the new one comes loaded with features. There’s a City-like dial-operated 5-inch colour screen for the rear-view camera and infotainment system with a larger 6.2-inch touchscreen offered on top variants. The touch-operated panel for the climate control system from the City also finds its way here and there are also steering-mounted buttons for audio and telephone functions. For more details on Honda Jazz check kazembassy.in

Honda Jazz Performance

A 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue to be the major seller for the Jazz. This mill churns about 88bhp of power and 115Nm of maximum torque. It is available with a five-speed manual transmission and a CVT as well. The engine is one of the most quietest ones around and whats so special is how it behaves. The engine doesn’t have the punch it more of a comfortable cruiser. One needs to downshift to overtake, especially on the highway.

Then there is the 1.5-litre diesel engine. This one is powerful and it has more than sufficient torque. There is more than sufficient torque available across the bandwidth and driving this engine is ease. Overtaking is never a challenge with the Jazz diesel. Just that the engine is noisy, which effects the refinement of the cabin. This engine has a six-speed manual transmission.

No major change here as well. The petrol engine returns about 12-13km/l in the city and about 15km/l on the highway. On the other hand, the petrol CVT should have an efficiency of about 11km/l in the city and 14km/l on the highway. The diesel should have a mileage of 18km/l in the city and close to 22km/l on the highway.

Honda Jazz Driving

The Jazz’ ride is the highlight of the package. There’s no change in suspension hardware, so it remains as comfy as ever. It manages to take the sting out of most patches of broken roads and potholes. On a calm city drive, it’s just what you want. The ride is relaxing as the suspension doesn’t let much into the cabin. As the speeds build, it remains poised even as the speedo hits triple digits. Push it past that, and you’d pick on a sense of floatiness. That said, as long as you stick to the speed limit, you should be plenty comfortable.

Since it’s tuned for outright comfort, there’s some predictable body roll as you enter a corner feistily. At no point does it feel nervous, though. What adds to the driver’s confidence is the ever so friendly Honda steering. Weight wise, it’s just right and it tells you what the front wheels are up to. It’s also worth mentioning that the Jazz now gets MRF ZVTV rubber. These aren’t exactly enthusiast-spec, so don’t expect too much from them when you chuck it hard into a bend. They’re also a tad noisy, so you might want to consider an upgrade to quieter tyres.

Honda Jazz Safety

The Honda Jazz 2018 comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and speed-sensing door locks as standard. In terms of features, the updated Honda Jazz packs a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, and cruise control. The diesel and CVT versions include exclusive goodies such as passive keyless entry with push-button engine start-stop and cruise control. With the updated model, Honda has sadly discontinued the Jazz’s classic Magic Seats, the all-black cabin and the chunky Mugen RS rear spoiler.

Honda Jazz Cost in Mumbai

Honda Jazz On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,80,784 to 10,80,916 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 Mumbai. Check for Jazz price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Honda Jazz Round Up

If space and versatility are paramount, there is quite simply no better option than the Jazz. Helping the Jazz’s case this time around is the fact that it can be had with a diesel engine and even in petrol automatic form meaning there’s a version of the car for every type of hatchback buyer. In every form, the Jazz comes across as a car that’s comfortable and well suited to the requirements of day-to-day city driving. It’s not exciting per se, but that’s unlikely to impact an average buyer’s decision. What will, is the price.

The good news is that, save for the top-spec VX versions available on the petrol manual and diesel cars, the rest of the Jazz range is competitively priced. So, in its latest form, the Jazz has the ingredients to become the hit it always deserved to be.

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