Honda Jazz Hatchback First drive & Gearbox

Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz gets additional features over the pre-facelift model. Honda has refrained from giving design-based and mechanical tweaks, restricting it to a mere feature update. There is rejig in the hatchback’s line-up with the E and mid-spec SV trims being omitted. The new base S variant, on the other hand, is available only with the diesel engine. These changes have bumped up Honda Jazz price a tad. Request a test drive for Honda Jazz in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Honda Jazz Exteriors & Style

The all-new Jazz without an iota of doubt, is sportier than before. The vehicle is covered with needed cuts and creases, all at the right place, lending the car an aggressive look. As the vehicle is heavily inspired by City, this is one of the reasons why it has been priced higher. The front looks wider and emphasized by large and angular headlights making their way into the glossy-black plastic grille which also incorporates the logo. There is a thin chrome strip beneath which is also the part of the multi-element grille. This not only adds to the aura but also keep things understated.

Honda Jazz is an aspirational vehicle and this is evident from the creases along the waistline leading towards the taillights. This aggressive belt line helps it to shed MPV profile. The 15-inch alloys further highlights its sporty stance. The spoiler at the rear end is quite prominent and a lot of detailing goes around the tail lamps. The tail light cluster seems to be inspired from Volvo and now feature LED bulbs which looks quite pleasing to the eyes at night. The stop lamps with chrome strip aptly complete the rear styling.

Honda Jazz Interiors & Space

A person who has driven the Honda City will find familiar environment in the cabin. However, there are a few detailing that set this car apart from the sibling. The instrument cluster is different with easy-to-read dials and shows real time fuel economy. The cabin is flexible and the height adjustable driver and magic seats feature are available on the top end models. The magic of these magic seats is that they flip and fold individually and can go completely flat to allow massive luggage space. The boot space stands at 354L, the biggest in the segment and if the second row is folded flat, then the space increases to enormous 881L.

It’s not only the space that is the plus point in the car, the practicality also goes to a whole new level. Ingress and egress, especially for the elderly is extremely convenient while the front shoulder room and rear knee room has been increased to provide maximum comfort. Coming to the seats, they are wide and comfortable at both front and the rear. The top spec models get black upholstery that look quite youthful while the seats in the lower variants are upholstered in beige.

There are changes to the cubby holes and the cupholder. There are two cupholders ahead of the gear lever and a big storage area that complement long journeys of the passengers. Talking about the equipment level, the car gets an all-new 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes integrated with satellite navigation. It can also be paired to smartphone for navigation as well for handsfree telephony. Other comfy features in the car include feather touch climate control, auto up/down driver’s windows, retractable ORVMs, paddle shifters (CVT variant), steering mounted audio controls, central console USB and power ports and rear parking camera with three angles.However, there are some misses one will find in a car of this segment and these include engine start/stop button and rear AC vents. Overall, the interiors are definitely a notch above the earlier version.

Honda Jazz Engine & Gearbox

Hit the starter button, and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC comes to life with a familiar rumble. Ever since this engine hit the market, it has been the centre of criticism over its NVH levels. Yes, it’s loud. But that’s because this unit has an all-aluminium head and block construction. And this setup does have higher NVH levels compared to cast iron blocks. But as you may be aware, the upshot here is that aluminium is lighter than cast iron, which means better fuel efficiency. At the same time, you have to commend Honda for the way it has tuned this engine. Turbo lag is virtually non-existent from 1,000rpm, and you barely notice when the full 200Nm of torque kicks in at 1,750rpm, which means there is no uncouth shove-in-your-back acceleration as the turbo spools. And even though this car has 98bhp on tap, it has been setup with efficiency in mind. It’s worth mentioning at this point that I have had a Long Term Honda Jazz diesel, and I can attest that its real world urban fuel efficiency of 24.4 km/l is impressive. None of its rivals even come close on this front!

And therein lies the nature of the Jazz. This isn’t a car for out and out acceleration runs. It’s meant to calm your nerves with its smooth nature. Visibility out of the cabin from all angles is excellent and all of this combined means that it’s very easy to drive this car in our unruly urban environs. At this point, an eagle-eyed reader may raise the question – how the high NVH of the Jazz diesel can calm your nerves. Well, most people tend to have the stereo on when they drive, which, to an extent, negates some of the noise, but not all of it. There’s no getting away from the noise, however, if the stereo is not on. Besides, it’s at initial acceleration where the NVH is most evident, post which it tends to settle down at constant speeds. Having said that, there is no getting away from the fact there is a fair bit of tyre rolling noise over abrasive or broken tarmac. And it’s always evident.

Honda Jazz Driving Dynamics

The new Jazz continues using the same mechanical set-up, which means that there is no change in the performance and handling.The suspension system in the new Jazz is a massive improvement over the previous version. The agility is on par with the competition while the ride quality is excellent at slow and medium speeds. Even the high speed stability is appreciable. Gliding over the potholes and speed breakers is convenient than before. It seems Honda’s objective while working on the new Jazz was clear i.e. to improve the comfort levels. And the carmaker has achieved it successfully.

Honda Jazz Braking & Safety

With standard disc at front and drum at rear, the brakes perform as you would expect in a Honda car. The vehicle comes to halt in a straight line without any drama. The car comes with ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure for added safety. The dual front airbags comes as standard, while ABS with EBD can be availed in only diesel variants.Other safety aspects in the car include rear parking camera, engine immobilizer, keyless entry, central locking, driver seatbelt reminder, and front fog lamps.

Honda Jazz Price in Chennai

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,41,640/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,947/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Chennai. Check for Jazz price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda Jazz Conclusion

But this car is really all about being a family mobile. And on that count, no other premium hatchback comes even close. For with its class-leading head and shoulder room, rear seat space and 354 litres of boot space, the Jazz retains its king-size status in its segment. The only issue now is not entirely the lack of the magic seats themselves, but that the rear seat backrest does not have a split setup. That aside, the final element that cements the Jazz’s reputation as a commendable family car is its suspension setup. It simply dismisses road undulations and potholes with such aplomb that it deserves mention. Both cushioning and noise insulation are impressive for its segment.

The Jazz has always been one to stand away from the crowd. You buy this car with your head more than your heart. It’s tough to beat on the practicality front and impossible to beat on the efficiency front. The new update has given a few features that are now becoming standard fitment on top-end variants of premium hatchbacks. However, it still misses out on a few things, such as projector lamps with automatic operation and telescopically adjustable steering column. But then if you are looking for a practical, easy to drive, comfortable and efficient premium hatchback, it’s hard to look away from the Jazz.

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