Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz facelift has officially gone on sale in India with prices starting at Rs 7.35 lakh for the entry-level V petrol variant, going up to Rs 9.29 lakh for the top-end VX diesel trim (all ex-showroom, Delhi). Frankly, this was way more then what we had expected. Honda has updated its variant list and removed the base trim E and S from the petrol line-up, while only the E variant has been dropped from the diesel version. Overall, the 2018 Jazz is now available in four petrol grades and three diesel variants. Book a test drive for Jazz in Tryaldrive

Honda Jazz Design

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 Cabin

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

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.

Honda Jazz Engine

The 2018 Honda Jazz continues to be offered with a choice between 1.2L i-VTEC petrol, and 1.5L i-DTEC Diesel engines with the same state of tune. The petrol unit makes 90PS at 6,000rpm and generates 110Nm at 4,800rpm while the diesel offering produces 100PS at 3,600rpm and generates 200Nm at 1,750rpm. The 1.2L petrol can be optioned with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT whereas the diesel is available only with a 6-speed manual transmission. We really wished to see the City’s 1.5L petrol in the Jazz – which would not only make it more enthusiastic and fun to drive, but would also give the Jazz an edge over its rivals. It was also speculated that Honda was planning to offer the diesel unit with a CVT, sourced from new-gen Amaze.

Honda’s petrol engines have always been one of the most refined in its class. The petrol i-VTEC in the Jazz too is a smooth unit at idling speeds. In fact, the car is barely audible at standstill. It is only when the engine reaches mid-range, one can hear the four-cylinder taking larger strides. In comparison to the diesel, the petrol unit of the Jazz feels more enthusiastic to drive but not to the extent of keeping you engaged. One has to really push the engine to its peak to squeeze out its maximum potential. The steering is well weighted and progressive. So are the brakes. Despite the cushy suspension, there is no unnerving nose dive even when coming to a halt from 80kmph. Driving in bumper to bumper traffic doesn’t feel cumbersome because of the light steering, also the light clutch and the smooth gearshifts. However, if shifting too often is not your thing, the 1.2l petrol engine can be optioned with a CVT unit.

Honda Jazz Driving

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

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. 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.

Honda Jazz Price in Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for Jazz price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Jazz Verdict

There is a reason why there has been high anticipation for the Jazz. Just going by the powertrain options, space on offer and practicality of the car, it can worry the best of its rivals. The Jazz is easy to use and considering the tried and tested mechanicals, the Jazz will be as reliable as Hondas are known to be. The diesel Jazz is particularly efficient, much ahead of its rivals. The Jazz not just has the Elite i20 and Polo in its crosshairs, but a bunch of compact sedans considering the amount of space on offer. There is a high likelihood of cannibalization of the Amaze too, but we doubt Honda will mind that, and you should consider the Jazz too over an Amaze, is our suggestion. This Honda has a wide range of abilities that more than mask a few of its shortfalls.

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