Honda Jazz Performance & First Drive

Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz gets additional features over the pre-facelift model. Honda has refrained from giving design-based and mechanical tweaks, restricting it to a mere feature update. There is rejig in the hatchback’s line-up with the E and mid-spec SV trims being omitted. The new base S variant, on the other hand, is available only with the diesel engine. These changes have bumped up Honda Jazz price a tad. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Jazz 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 Space

On the inside is where the bigger changes are. The most significant is what Honda is calling its Digipad 2.0. This is the upgraded infotainment touchscreen with navigation. Now a 7-inch screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, it also has the reverse camera display and voice commands. The steering also gets cruise control functions besides audio and phone controls. The push start button now illuminates in red like in the City – but is still missing on the petrol top-spec strangely. Honda says it has also worked on reducing the noise that seeps into the cabin – although any change here was not apparent. A front centre armrest, and driver-side vanity mirror round off the new features.And as always, the Jazz continues to lead on safety with pretty much all features as standard across all grades of the Jazz. Yes that includes not just the dual airbags and ABS but also the new features like rear parking sensors and speed-sensing door locks

Honda Jazz Engine

You get a 1.2-litre petrol mated to a 5-speed gearbox, 1.5-litre diesel with a six-speeder and a set of CVT equipped petrol variants. The diesel engine is the one we are now familiar with. It does duty in Amaze, City and Mobilio and develops 100PS of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. It is known to be a noisy unit but a very efficient one and in the Jazz, there are no surprises here. The short but strong midrange is where the Jazz comes alive, eager to push on but the six-speed gearbox will urge you to move up a gear ever too quickly to keep it at its efficient best.

The petrol engine we love. It wants to rev and has a wide and happy midrange making light work of traffic without demanding a downshift. It develops 90PS of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4800rpm. The shifts are slick and the clutch is light; the Jazz petrol has one of the best engine-gearbox combinations in the segment. The CVT is smooth but saps out the engine when used conventionally. While paddle shifters for a CVT are gimmicky, seven preset ratios make it that slight bit sportier when you need to make that overtake. It’s also marginally more efficient than the petrol.

Honda Jazz Rideing

Doing suspension duty on the 2018 Honda Jazz are McPherson struts in the front and a torsion beam in the rear. The system does absorb the undulations caused by uneven surfaces. There is body roll, but not in unnerving amounts. The ride isn’t bouncy either. The handling dynamics aren’t in the league of the Volkswagen Polo but comparable with the likes of Baleno and Elite i20.

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. You don’t get a start/stop button and rear AC vents like the Elite i20 though.

Honda Jazz Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,51,665/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,30,434/- (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 Conclusion

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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