Hot hatches is something that is picking up in India. Many manufacturers offer such cars with good performance and customers are willing to buy them due to the ease of use in the city, and their ability to do long road trips.
The newest carmaker to offer such a car is Honda, with the all new Jazz. The Jazz was an important car for the Indian market for Honda since it had no product in this segment, which is also fast growing.
The previous generation Jazz that was introduced in India did not do very well. So can the new one create the same magic as how the City created? Let's find out in our exclusive review!
The Honda Jazz has definitely been designed to look sporty. The wrap around headlights and the bold Honda logo up front go very well with the overall design of the new Jazz. The reduced usage of chrome makes the car look way smarter.
The bold sporty lines continue towards the rear of the car too. The well designed, large tail lamp cluster blends beautifully into the overall design of the new Jazz. The chrome accent for the boot and the sporty bumper gives the car a very distinctive, yet sporty character from the rear as well.
Powering the new Honda Jazz is a choice of either a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque or a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that produces 100 PS of power and 200 Nm of peak torque.
The Honda Jazz is on sale with either a manual or a CVT gearbox with paddle shifters. The petrol engines have an option to be chosen between a 5-speed manual or a CVT, while the diesel variant comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox only. The ‘S' mode enables manual gearshift in the CVT model.
Mileage And Fuel Capacity:
The all new Jazz returns a fuel efficiency of 18.7 kpl for the petrol engine and 27.3 kpl for the diesel variant. The CVT variant petrol model returns a fuel efficiency of 19.0 kpl, which Honda claim is the highest fuel efficiency figure delivered by any manual transmission car in this segment. The fuel tank on the other hand can hold 40 litres of fuel.
The Jazz offers very good interior space, be it legroom, headroom or even storage. It offers 354 litres of boot space with the rear seat in its position. When folded, it has enough space to carry much more than what a typical hatchback or even a SUV is designed to carry.
On the top end model, Magic seats are offered with four modes, namely Utility mode, Tall mode, Refresh mode and Long mode. This option gives the Jazz immense storage space to carry tall objects and make it fold flat, so it can be used as a makeshift bed to sleep. The Magic seat variant also comes equipped with independent headrests.
The instrumentation is large, sporty and yet, very simple and clear to read. It has a large speedometer in the middle which has warning lights, an rpm meter to the left and a multi info cluster on the right that gives valuable information like the engine temperature, fuel level, current fuel economy, odo reading and other valuable information that is required. The cluster is also well lit.
The Jazz is loaded with features like 15.7 cm touchscreen AVN system, adjustable rear headrests, auto AC, electric folding OVRMs and a rear parking camera.
Apart from the vehicle's massive luggage space, there is a lot of space on the door that can hold a 1-litre water bottle with ease. The driver's side too gets storage space next to the steering wheel that can hold a water bottle with ease.
Coming to the most important safety part, the Jazz is equipped with twin airbags for the front, impact mitigating headrests, ABS, EBD, and a stronger body shell.
- E: INR 5.31 lakh
- S: INR 5.94 lakh
- SV: INR 6.45 lakh
- V: INR 6.78 lakh
- VX: INR 7.29 lakh
- S (CVT): INR 6.99 lakh
- V (CVT): INR 7.85 lakh
- E: INR 6.50 lakh
- S: INR 7.14 lakh
- SV:INR 7.65 lakh
- V: INR 8.10 lakh
- VX: INR 8.59 lakh
All prices ex-showroom Delhi
So, is the new Jazz worth the money? Honda has targeted this hot hatch to youngsters and the middle aged crowd since that is where people look for everyday practicality combined with power, and more importantly—styling. So answering the all important question, yes, the new Jazz is definitely worth every single penny shelled out to buy one!
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