Honda Jazz Performance & First Drive

Honda Jazz Overview

We had revealed a year back that the Honda Jazz facelift will be launched by mid-2018. Honda has now quietly launched the new Jazz with a starting price of ₹ 7.35 lakhs. The new-generation Honda Jazz was launched in 2015 and will compete three years of launch this year. The updated version of the Jazz was launched in Thailand last year. Now it has come to India. Hence, as we predicted, the Honda Jazz 2018 is here. The new exterior styling elements include the signature rear LED wing light, chrome door handles and 2 new exterior colours. Book a test drive for Jazz in Tryaldrive

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The new Honda Jazz 2018 was not showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. As part of their multiple car onslaught in India, Honda will be upgrading its popular hatchback.Another reason for not displaying it at the Auto Expo was that this is a facelift. There will be no change to its design or mechanicals. It will get some tweaks in styling and addition of a few features, to make it better value. The new Jazz will get upgrades and one of them is the headlamp. There will projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs also.

Honda Jazz Design & Style

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 Cabin & Comfort

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 & Gearbox

A 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue to be the major seller for the Jazz. This mill churns about 88bhp of power and 115Nm of maximum torque. It is available with a five-speed manual transmission and a CVT as well. The engine is one of the most quietest ones around and whats so special is how it behaves. The engine doesn’t have the punch it more of a comfortable cruiser. One needs to downshift to overtake, especially on the highway.Then there is the 1.5-litre diesel engine. This one is powerful and it has more than sufficient torque. There is more than sufficient torque available across the bandwidth and driving this engine is ease. Overtaking is never a challenge with the Jazz diesel. Just that the engine is noisy, which effects the refinement of the cabin. This engine has a six-speed manual transmission.

No major change here as well. The petrol engine returns about 12-13km/l in the city and about 15km/l on the highway. On the other hand, the petrol CVT should have an efficiency of about 11km/l in the city and 14km/l on the highway. The diesel should have a mileage of 18km/l in the city and close to 22km/l on the highway.

Honda Jazz Ride & Handling

The suspension is slightly on the stiffer side and while high speed ride is very good, at low speeds some sharp undulations manage to filter inside the cabin. High speed stability is very good and while the Jazz has some body roll, it is well contained. The steering is light enough for city driving and out on the highways it weighs up decently offering good feedback too. Braking performance is good but the tyre grip isn’t that great and the small rubber tends to loose grip if you push the car hard.

Honda Jazz Safety & Security

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 Price in Bangalore

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,50,515/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,572/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Bangalore> Check for Jazz price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Honda Jazz Bottomline

Time to answer the question at the beginning. Is there more to the Jazz than a rejigged feature list? The answer, is no. Honda has done enough to ensure that the Jazz is more in tune with the times. We’re glad there’s a 21st century-approved touchscreen, with the correct set of connectivity options. What we aren’t too kicked about are the deletion of features, especially the magic seats, which in our opinion was THE defining feature of the Jazz. All said and done, the 2018 Honda Jazz isn’t a biblically different product compared to what you could buy for the past three years.


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