The Jazz is Honda India’s latest offering. The premium hatchback in this new generation avatar delivers on the space and practicality front like its predecessor but crucially also offers a diesel engine and the promise of better pricing. The Honda Jazz will take on the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Punto Evo in the premium hatchback segment.
The Jazz is a smartly styled car with all the cuts and creases along its body to look sportier than cars in this segment do. The front end looks inspired from the City, a car it is based on and one it shares a majority of its parts with but move to its side profile and the Jazz comes into its own, looking more like a mini- MPV than a hatchback. The unibody design makes it look that way but the space is evenly broken down with a strong character line along the sides. The rear is the sportiest bit of the car with the large roof spoiler and brilliantly detailed lights.
The interior borrows heavily from the City, especially the dashboard and the front seats. The layout of the dashboard is particularly similar but gets a few Jazz touches like a cup holder near the right side air vent. The top variants get a touchscreen navigation system while the lower variants get a colour screen. The Jazz also gets a rear parking camera with the feed displayed on the screen.
Practicality is where the Jazz shines through. There are cubby holes and bottle holders all around the cabin and the boot is the largest in its segment at 354 litres. You can flip and fold the seats in the top end variant to get a colossal 881 litres of boot space, making it the most spacious hatchback in India.
The Honda Jazz petrol is powered by the popular 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine also seen in the Brio and Amaze. Performance is right up there against its rivals as the 1.2 develops 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque and comes with the ARAI rated mileage of 18.7kmpl. The CVT equipped petrol variant returns ARAI fuel efficiency of 19kmpl.
The diesel’s specifications are the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine producing 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque. It is the second most fuel efficient hatchback in the country after the Celerio diesel with an ARAI rated mileage of 27.3kmpl. On the safety front, you get ABS and two airbags depending on the variant you choose. Read MoreRead Less
Efficient diesel and CVT, space and practicality, equipment
Not very well built, coarse engine note (diesel)
The Jazz is now a very well rounded package with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Its efficient and offers excellent practicality and space at a very competitive price tag