The Honda brand name across the world signifies product excellence. Every product that rolls out of the Honda stable carries that legacy forward, Honda Jazz isn’t any different. If you want to use just one word to conjure up all that the Honda Jazz stands for it would be – practicality. If the former generation Honda Jazz was a very competent performer, the current one only ups the ante. Honda Jazz is one of those rare breed of cars that Honda sells in near identical form across the globe. Trim levels and engine options vary though. Now in its third generation, what you see is a very competent sub-compact. The one-box automobile does not retain the MPV-like stance the earlier generation sported, especially when viewed side on and looks much more like a mid-range hatchback. Honda Jazz in Indonesia comes with exciting color options to choose from which are crystal black, silver metallic, white orchid pearl, modern steel, rally red, blue metallic and yellow pearl. Honda gives you the Jazz in five variants. You can choose from the Type A – MT, Type S – MT or CVT and Type RS – MT or CVT. All these variants sport the same 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine. The engine drives out a maximum power measuring 120 PS at 6600 rpm alongside a maximum output torque measuring 145 Nm at 4800 rpm. Although Honda Jazz has trimmed its exterior, the wheelbase has been extended now measuring 2530 mm which ensures enough legroom for all the passengers.
The 1.5-litre i-VTEC SOHC 4 cylinder, 16 Valve engine drives the efficient mileage on this dedicated hatchback. In real conditions Honda Jazz offers you pretty decent numbers, in city conditions, the average mileage delivered measures 12.6 kmpl. On highways however, these numbers increase to an impressive 16.7 kmpl. The CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) available only on the S and RS variants, along with the G-design shift improve fuel efficiency by an estimated 10%.
The 1.5-litre i-VTEC SOHC 4 valve, 16 cylinder petrol engine churns out a maximum output power measuring 120 PS at 6600 rpm. Honda forte i-VTEC SOHC engine of Honda Jazz draws out a decent 145 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. Honda Jazz S and RS variants embedded with the CVT transmission appoint Honda patented Earth Dreams Technology, which ensures minimal CO2 emissions alongside better performance.
Acceleration attained by Honda Jazz is also sedate, not disappointing by any measures. The 0 to 100 km sprint takes about 10.5 seconds, not bad at all for a dedicated city hatchback. The Jazz can reach a top speed of 190 km/hr. With the G-design shift employed, this mid-range hatchback becomes more responsive over standard CVT transmission. The Paddle shift employed specifically only on the RS, converts the CVT to a 7 speed shiftable gearbox. This optimises the overall acceleration and also improves fuel efficiency while cruising.
Honda has worked hard on the details, especially when it comes to exterior. The styling on the third generation Honda Jazz is different, it is now a dedicated hatchback rather than a mini-MPV. The roof-line is lowered which provides the car with a more muscular look. The designing on Honda Jazz is more front-centered which is Honda's mantra for every new launch in the early 2010s. The air dam up front is large and masculine, so are the stretched out headlamps that angle into the grille. The dark meaner grille embeds a larger Honda logo (much like a dedicated SUV). Walk over to the side and you will be greeted with a bold crease line that starts from the front doors and widens as it reaches the well-designed LED tail lamps. A second crease also runs below, across the side body, accentuating the car’s looks. The aggressive stance continues with a set of neat looking vents in the rear fender. A set of reflectors also run up the sides of the rear windscreen which aid visibility in low light conditions. The rear windscreen is also equipped with a rear washer and wiper. The S and RS variants come with power retractable ORVMs. These ORVM’s are also fitted with LED turning signals. The RS also packs some additional goodies like Auto Levelling LED projector headlamps and Fog lamps with LED positioning lights. To set the RS apart from the rest of the pack, there is also a sporty tailgate spoiler with a high mounted LED stop lamp and dark chrome garnish on the rear tailgate lip.
The Jazz that can seat five adults in relative comfort measures 3965 mm in length and 1694 mm in width. The car stands 1524 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2530 mm, which is 30 mm greater than its predecessor. The ground clearance stands at a comfortable 135 mm. The fuel tank on Honda Jazz can equip 40 litres of fuel.
The cabin space is where Honda plays the trump card with Honda Jazz. Inside the cabin is where the car is really creative. You have nooks and corners to store all that you can think of and more. The instrument cluster is lit in a neon blue and you get a multi-information display that gives you quite a bit of information. The Eco-assist feature also gives you real time feedback on how to improve fuel efficiency in real world driving conditions. The almost contemporary styled dashboard gives an elegant feel, on the centre a huge 6.1-inch touch screen with smart-phone interface is appointed (available in Siri Eye Free mode), below this is touch panel air conditioning. The steering wheel in itself is embedded with top notch features like Bluetooth hands-free and audio video switches.
The front seats are large and comfortable, although being a bit flatter. The rear seats likewise are large and spacious. They also offer a lot of knee room and seating tall passengers is a breeze. There is space under the rear bench to store goods. The middle row of the rear seat though is a little hard and not very comfortable to sit on. The centre console in the RS also has an armrest with storage options.
With 30mm additional wheelbase, there is additional legroom, especially for the rear passengers. One of the most exciting feature of this versatile cabin is the Ultra Seat. This revolutionary design element allows the seats to be configured to suit your luggage needs although the boot space in the Jazz is a very respectable 363 litres. No car in its class or even in a segment above can compare to the way the Jazz can handle luggage. ULTRA actually refers to four seat configurations that Honda offers on the Jazz. U standing for Utility, L for Long, T for Tall and R for Refresh. Fold both rear seats down to free up most space in Utility mode, a whopping 1,492.3 litres.
Underneath the hood of Honda Jazz you will find the 1.5 L, 16 valve i-VTEC engine. The four-cylinder petrol motor pumps out a maximum power of 120 PS at 6600 rpm. The maximum starting torque driving the maximum power Honda Jazz produces is 145 Nm at 4800 rpm. The car offers decent performance with good fuel economy figures. It is a comfortable car to drive whether it be in town or on the highways.
While all the variants are equipped with an AM/FM, CD playing audio system with auxiliary ports that accommodate iPods and iPhones, the icing on the cake is the unit on the RS. The Type A comes with a Single DIN system while the one on the Type S is a Double DIN one. The RS comes with a 6.1 inch touchscreen display that can also mirror information from the multi-information system. The RS also is equipped with a One Push Ignition system and audio controls on the steering wheel.
Entry level Type A Honda Jazz embeds 15 inch steel wheels. For type S, these 15 inch rims receive an alloy finish. The tyre size for both these rims measures 175/65 R15. Top-end Jazz RS employs 16 inch alloy wheels with tyre size measuring 185/55 R16.
Honda Jazz uses the standard front disc and rear drum combination. All of its variants come with ABS (Anti- Lock Braking) and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution). The MacPherson struts up front along with an H-shaped Torsion bar at the rear complete the car’s suspension. The car is pliant over most surfaces and is stable even at speeds of 100 km/hr.
Honda has never compromised on safety, and the same is with the Jazz. It is equipped with dual front SRS airbags across all variants. The car also has Load limiting seatbelts with Pre-tensioners. Honda also uses its internal safety standard G-Con (G-Force Control) along with ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering). Honda’s crash compatibility body enhances occupant safety. The Jazz also employs features to enhance Pedestrian safety. For infant safety, all the cars are equipped with ISOFIX and Tether. The cars are all equipped with safety devices such as immobilizers and alarm systems. The Type A and S come with the Wave Key system while the Type RS is fitted with the Smart Key system. All variants have Keyless entry as standard.