Honda Jazz Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Honda Jazz Overview

Honda Jazz has been in India for a long time. The first generation was expensive due to limited local content. Things have changed now. The new-gen launched in 2015 changed the game. This came with a diesel engine and carried forward the practicality of the previous Jazz. Recently, the car has received an update. There are some new features added and it also gets minor cosmetic upgrades. Is it worth the change? Should you opt for the Jazz? We share our detailed review on this new hatchback. Do not forget to check out our video on this premium hatchback. Read the entire story to understand if the Jazz is a great option. Request a test drive for Jazz in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Honda Jazz Exterior

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 Interior

Unlike the exteriors, the interiors of the new Honda Jazz get a bit of an update and added equipment. Like the Honda City, the interior of the Jazz is simple, functional and comfortable for a family of four. The dashboard gets a dual-tone, black and beige colour option, both of which look decent. The dual-tone interior with the beige colour gives the Jazz a more airy feel. There’s a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other features include automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel with cruise control, push-button start, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, instrument cluster with MID display, front armrest, rear parking camera and parking sensors. The rear seats two people comfortably, though a third person is always welcome. The beige seats and door lining gives the car a roomy feel.

Honda Jazz Engine

The 1.2-litre petrol engine on the Jazz is the same that was there previously. There is sufficient power on it for daily driving. The moment you want to accelerate hard, the engine needs some more work out. Downshift is needed. The one we were driving was CVT. The good point here is now CVT comes on VX variant too. The CVT box is a bit sluggish if you need instance performance. But now there are paddle shifters, which are super awesome in response. You do not need to worry too much for better performance. Its a 7-step paddle shift set-up. Even in Sport mode, the joy isn’t as much as it in with the paddle shifters. Overall a good engine, just that you need to rev it harder to extract performance.

If we consider the mileage of this engine, it is close to 13-14km/l in the city and it increase on the highway to about 17-18km/l. At the same time, when driving the CVT, there isn’t a major change. Its almost the same figure. There is a diesel engine also. But we will not get into any details of that. We will leave that for another day.

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.

Honda Jazz Safety

In line with upcoming safety norms, the Jazz gets dual airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors as standard. Other secondary safety features include a seatbelt reminder, front fog lamps, an immobilizer and a rear defogger.The safety package too has got an upgrade on the new Honda Jazz. Dual airbags, rear parking sensors, rear windshield defogger, speed sensing door unlock and ABS with EBD come as standard across all the variants. The top variant in addition gets a reverse camera with guidelines. Honda has really upped the safety game on the Jazz which is a good thing. In terms of after sales, Honda’s badge is known for its reliability and the Jazz is a pocket friendly hatch to run when it comes to service costs.

Honda Jazz Cost in New Delhi

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,50,466/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,006/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Jazz price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Honda Jazz Verdict

The Honda Jazz is a very good premium hatchback but we feel it could have done with some more updates because the design has started to feel a bit dated now. Competition in this segment is very tough and that’s a cause of concern for the Jazz. However, in things like space and practicality it is hard to beat this vehicle. The Honda Jazz diesel makes a very good choice for people who want power and efficiency at the same time without compromising on cabin space.

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