Honda Jazz Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz, even according to Honda, isn’t an all-new car. They will even tell you that it is not an official MMC, which stands for Mild Model Change, the type that you would typically have halfway through a cars product cycle. It is then an update to keep the Jazz fresh in a market full of well equipped modern premium hatchbacks. What we are trying to say is that expecting a lot from this update is not very fair. That said, let talk a little about what has changed in terms of the new 2018 Honda Jazz.

The Honda Jazz has always been one of the better premium hatchbacks on sale, with a great chassis and lots of space. Although with the new 2018 Hyundai i20 proving to be a runaway success and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno still topping the sales, Honda would have begun to feel the pinch. This meant a hurried, mid-mid-cycle refresh to keep the Jazz relevant until the all-new one makes it to India was the order of the day. Now that it’s on sale, we tested it to find out if the updates are good enough to make some difference.Check for Honda Jazz price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Honda Jazz Look

So let’s get that out of the way shall we? You can stare at it all you want but you won’t be able to pick out any differences in the face. And that’s because there aren’t any! Nope, still no DRLs on this baby, even at the top spec – maybe the ‘actual’ MMC would bring those in, considering the Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno have got ’em. Okay, so what has changed is a new taillight cluster – which now has a better congruity between it two split parts – the vertical element that travels up the edge of the rear windscreen, and the wider cluster on the fender.

There is now a tubular LED element that travels through them. Honda is calling them LED ‘wing lights’ and it makes the car look more modern for sure. Though it is also rather Volvo-like! You also now get chrome door handles (yikes!) at the top end, along with rear parking sensors. And there are two new colours – Radiant Red and Lunar Silver.

Honda Jazz Comfort

The cabin is a big change in fit and finish quality and the quality of materials used. This looks so much like the Honda quality we have come to expect. A driver-oriented layout for the dashboard, a digital instrument cluster with changing LED prompters to tell you if you are driving economically and a central infotainment system with an option of a larger touchscreen system are the highlights. Steering mounted controls, a touchscreen climate control system and more premium trim elements on the dash are available in higher trim variants. The theme of the cabin is black and grey with two different seat trims.

The amount of legroom at the rear is the big surprise element in the new Jazz’s cabin. Much of the additional wheelbase has been leveraged to increase kneeroom. The fuel tank profile has also been reduced to ensure that cabin’s floor is flatter allowing for an increase in the track for seat adjustment.Luggage capacity is 354 litres and can be expanded by folding down rear seats. The rear seats backrest can also be inclined by about 5 degrees to allow back-benchers a more relaxed seating position. Six-footers will find that the roof is also tall enough to give them comfy accommodation unlike a few other hatches.

Honda Jazz Gearbox

The 2018 Honda Jazz does not get anything in the form of updates to the power-train and will be available with the standard 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 89 horsepower, while the 1.5-litre diesel powertrain makes a conservative 99 horsepower. Honda has even glossed over the diesel CVT option like the Amaze gets, and the Petrol CVT replaces the top VX trim in terms of petrol meaning the petrol manual doesn’t get all the features that the top of line diesel or the Petrol CVT get. We had the 1.5-litre diesel i-DTEC engine on a test, and while it isn’t particularly slow, it’s not quick either. There is still a pronounced lag in the motor as the turbo spools around 1,600 rpm and the gearbox too makes you work a bit harder than expected.

This is a bit of a downer, especially considering how capable the chassis really is. Offsetting this a bit is the impressive fuel-efficiency since Honda claims exceptional mileage figures of 27 kmpl on the 2018 Honda Jazz, I-DTEC. Due to our short drive, we weren’t able to test the real-world fuel-efficiency but we’ll have those numbers soon after a detailed test. We really think a hotter version of the Jazz will be a more than welcome especially considering that Honda’s 1.5-litre VTEC motor from the City would be an absolute blast!

The Honda jazz mileage for the petrol version is rated at 18.2 for the manual (V & VX) and 19km/l for the CVT (V & VX) trims. Diesel powered trims, on the other hand, come with the manual unit and are claimed to return an impressive mileage of 27km/l.To know more details on Honda Jazz check Origo2000

Honda Jazz Driving

The Jazz’s ride quality is also a good balance of stiffness and accommodation. The rains had started in Goa and there were patches of rough road in places, though overall this tourist-friendly city’s roads are always clean. There is almost no body roll and the Jazz steering also felt quite precise for a car in this class. We would have liked a wider tyre, but with the car still focused on delivering good mileage this would have been a problem. Talking of efficiency, the petrol Jazz has a claimed rating of 18.7 kmpl for the manual and 19 kmpl for the CVT variants. The diesel Jazz is said to be capable of delivering 27.3 kmpl of mileage.

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.

Honda Jazz Price in Ahmedabad

Honda Jazz On Road Price is 8,10,142/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,41,500/- in Ahmedabad. Honda Jazz comes in 6 colours, namely Sunset Orange,Golden Brown Metallic,Urban Titanium Metallic,Taffeta White,Carnelian Red Pearl,Alabaster Silver Metallic. Honda Jazz comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@4800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Jazz comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Jazz Final Word

Overall the 2018 Honda Jazz is still a spacious, convenient and comfortable hatch that offers some differences from the regular crop of premium hatchbacks that are on sale in India presently. This update just helps it add relevance and stay in the running, ahead of the all-new car likely to debut soon!The Jazz is finally looking super promising with its build quality and overall appeal. Honda officials claim that they are absolutely sure that they will be pricing this new model aggressively thanks to localisation. We will wait to see if they keep their promise. We expect prices to range between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakh.

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