Honda Jazz Test Drive in Bangalore

Honda Jazz Overview

The compact hatchback segment in India has three important players, namely the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Honda Jazz. While the i20 boasts of class leading features and Baleno banks on the exclusive Nexa experience, the Honda Jazz is popular for its spacious cabin and an impressive powertrain. In a bid to make the Jazz more appealing, Honda has garnished it with features that should add more value to the package.View offers on Honda Jazz  in Pune at Autozhop.

Honda Jazz Exterior & Style

Last year, Honda unveiled the updates to the Jazz sold in the international markets. The kit seemed more premium with the all-LED headlights (similar to the new Honda City), sportier bumpers and a new alloy wheel design. Mysteriously, however, these have been given a miss on the 2018 Jazz for India. The design changes on the new Jazz are subtle in nature. In fact, at first glance, one might confuse it for the previous model. The top-spec variants get chrome handles. While I am not a fan of bling, it is a subjective choice and certainly has takers.

The rear profile gets an update in the form of LED wing lights, that look good but not as premium as the ones on the Hyundai Elite i20. And lastly, the Jazz now gets two new colour shades – radiant red metallic and lunar silver metallic. We believe that the international-spec facelift could have made a stronger impact compared to what Honda India has cooked up.

Honda Jazz Interior & Space

The interior of the new Jazz is similar to that of the City except for a few details like the cup holders, cubby holes and the instrument cluster. The driver’s seat adjusts for height on the top variants at least and the cabin is as flexible as the old one was. The rear ‘magic seats’ are only available on the top model now, possibly because Honda has seen a lot of demand for its top end models, particularly the City. The magic seats flip individually, fold and go completely flat to open up a massive loading bay. There is 354 litres of boot space, the best in this segment, even rivaling a few compact sedans, and if you fold the second row flat, it opens up a colossal 881 litres, enough to move rooms, if not houses.To know more info on Honda Jazz check Pasear-w

It’s not just space but practicality. Getting in and out of the car is easy and will be appreciated by elders in the family, the boot lip is nice and flat making it easy to load and the massive greenhouse gives you an excellent view of the surroundings. In fact, to the earlier Jazz, passenger volume has gone up by 135 litres, front shoulder room has increased 35mm and rear knee room has increased by 115mm. The seats are wide and comfortable, both front and rear, and the black upholstery on the top trim is a youthful touch. It won’t get soiled as easily as the beige seat fabric on the lower variants. There is a lot of storage space inside the cabin for long distance drives with a full complement of passengers. It’s going to be one of the class leaders in the interiors department for sure.

Like all new Hondas, the Jazz comes very well equipped. There are two interior upholstery colours – beige and black, the latter on the top end model. This variant also gets a 6.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system integrated with navigation. The top model also gets the rear flexible ‘magic seats’. All variant details aren’t available yet but we do know that the lower variants get a 5.2 inch colour screen and height adjustable driver’s seat. Other features in the Jazz include climate control, paddle shifters for the CVT gearbox, auto up/down driver window, retractable ORVMs and a rear parking camera offering three camera angles. You don’t get a start/stop button and rear AC vents like the Elite i20 though.

Honda Jazz Engine & Performance

The big news is that the Jazz will now be available with a diesel engine. The diesel engine is the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine you’d find on the Amaze and City. Peak power is 98.6bhp at 3600rpm and peak torque is 20.3kgm at 1750rpm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that helps this version of the Jazz deliver a class best ARAI-tested fuel economy of 27.3kpl! Check car loan for Honda Jazz at Fincarz.

On first acquaintance, the engine does seem to run marginally quieter than it does in the City. However, drive on and you’ll find the cabin is still never free from that coarse, industrial noise from under the bonnet. Unsurprisingly, performance is also much in line with what we’ve experienced from this engine on the City and Amaze. Good driveability is the highlight here with the engine offering its best in a very accessible 1500-2500rpm. Correspondingly, you can get by in traffic without the need to work the gearbox all that much. Gearshifts are positive and the clutch, though a touch springy in action, is easy enough to operate.

Highway cruising ability is good too but the diesel Jazz offers little to excite. The engine isn’t particularly punchy nor is it quick revving. In fact, it’s best to short shift because there’s little gained by holding out till the 4000rpm rev limiter. This is a car that’s best driven in a relaxed manner.

Those looking for performance will be better off going for the 1.2 i-VTEC petrol engine with the manual gearbox – the sole engine-gearbox option the last Jazz could be had with. The engine produces 89bhp and 11.2kgm, both figures that are par for the course. Bottom-end responses aren’t the liveliest here but the engine does get into the flow of things by 2500rpm. Mid-range performance is good, but if you do choose to press on, you’ll love the steady and strong build of power all the way to the 6800rpm limiter. Stretching the engine also has it, quite literally, make all the right noises. The slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox and well-weighted clutch only add to the fun.

But for those who’d like to do away with the bother of modulating the clutch altogether, Honda will also offer the petrol engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). We drove the petrol automatic Jazz and found it quite suited to average city driving. The gearbox responds well enough to mild changes in throttle and works to keep the engine running at its quietest and efficient best. But mash down on the throttle and the ‘rubber band effect’ CVT gearboxes are known for comes to the fore – the rise in revs isn’t matched by an equally swift rise in speed. The engine sounds strained at this point and more often than not, you’ll back off and let the engine get back to its comfort zone in the mid-range.

What’s impressive is that there are paddle shifters to let you take greater charge of things. There are seven ‘ratios’ you can shuffle between and the good thing is the system is quick to respond to tugs at the paddles. In manual mode, you can rev the engine to about 6000rpm before the electronics will upshift. Still, this engine-gearbox combo isn’t what you’d call sporty.

Honda Jazz Driving & Dynamics

So how is the Jazz to drive? It’s as light and agile as you’d expect from a Honda hatch. Ride quality is excellent at slow and medium speeds. We haven’t got the chance to test its stability at high speeds due to the narrow roads of Goa but we did get to test the tyres. These are designed keeping efficiency in mind and so don’t offer the levels of grip we would have liked. The electric steering is light and offers no feedback, which is expected, but it weighs up well and is direct. The Jazz turns in well into corners and stays composed till the tyres reach their grip limits.

Large windows give an excellent view of the surroundings, especially while parking the car. Coupled with the rear camera, the Jazz can be slot in tight spaces. The quality of the display screen however could have been better, especially in sharp sunlight.

Honda Jazz Safety & Security

Braking power on the hatchback is derived from front disc and rear drum brakes. As for safety, features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, speed-sensing auto door lock and day/night inside rear view mirror are standard across line-up.

Honda Jazz Price in Pune

Honda Jazz On Road Price is 8,50,355/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,44,500/- in Pune. Honda Jazz comes in 6 colours, namely Sunset Orange,Golden Brown Metallic,Urban Titanium Metallic,Taffeta White,Carnelian Red Pearl,Alabaster Silver Metallic. Honda Jazz comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@4800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Jazz comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Jazz Verdict

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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