Honda Jazz is a well designed and sharp looking hatchback in the segment. Will the automatic variant do justice to the car? Read on to find out about the interiors and exteriors, features, performance and mileage, and the all-important verdict.
Honda New Jazz Exterior & Interior
Honda continues the wing design philosophy in the new Jazz, this is very prominent on the front grille with a thin chrome strip which runs between the headlamps. The wraparound headlamps with a single barrel make up the front fascia of the Honda Jazz.
Moving to the side profile, the Honda Jazz is designed with thick shoulder lines which could make any car look bad, but the Honda Jazz looks great in lighter colours and very bold looking in the darker colours.
At the rear end is the chunky LED taillamps, which I feel is best in class and very sportier for a hatchback. The chrome garnish above the license plate is the only place where the chrome is much larger.
Inside the Honda Jazz, the dashboard very much resembles the Honda City, even the equipment does feel like the City. The three pot design language of the instrument panel and Eco-indicator to help you with the optimum driving speed or range is simple and easy to view the road.
The touch screen infotainment system controls are same as the City and slightly tilted towards the driver for better access. As for the controls on the centre console, it is very simple and well laid out.
As for the cabin, this is roomier than the old Honda Jazz, in dimension, it is indeed bigger. This helps improve the space between the front and the rear row of seating. Even the fuel tank has been moved to accommodate better space in the Jazz.
The top of the variant gets the Magic Seats which reclines, this is for the rear seat row and it can tumble and provide extra boot space. However, this feature is not available in the Honda Jazz CVT variants.
Honda Jazz Performance & Mileage
The Honda Jazz CVT is powered by the 1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol engine, which punches out 89bhp at 6000rpm and a torque of 110 at 4800rpm. The mileage of the Honda Jazz automatic is 19.0 km/l as per ARAI ratings.
Honda Jazz CVT comes in two variants - S & V, the V being the top variant which features the paddle shifters. Apart from minor differences between the two variants, the major features which differ are the paddle shifters, alloy wheels, advanced multi-information combination meter with LCD display and blue backlight.
On the entertainment features, the top variant in automatic Jazz comes with advanced integrated audio with a 5-inch screen, hands-free telephone control on the steering wheel and speed volume compensation.
Also, the top variant gets Auto AC with touch screen controls and electrically foldable ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirrors).
On the safety front, the top variant for the Jazz CVT gets the dual airbags - which is sorely missed in the S variant of the automatic Honda Jazz - and the rear view camera. The S variant though does get the ABS with EBD.
Honda Jazz Automatic Verdict
Honda Jazz automatic is a better handling car when compared in the hatchback segment and the CVT performs really well, it has been engineered better than the old Honda Jazz and does not have much of the rubber band effect.
The Honda Jazz automatic will rival the Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno, however, only Maruti Baleno comes with a single automatic variant and matches to most of the features of the Honda Jazz CVT 'S' variant.
Honda Jazz CVT (V) is priced Rs. 8.13 lakh and Rs. 7.26 lakh for (S) variant ex-showroom (Delhi) and the Baleno is priced at Rs. 6.87 lakh.