Honda was early to the premium hatchback space with the Jazz and now with the new gen it is back, better than ever and armed with the right set of tools this time. By that we mean aggressive pricing and a diesel engine. But there is more to the new Honda Jazz than just that as the 3rd gen model is quite impressive boasting of new features. Available in 5 variants the new Jazz in comparison with its rivals comes across as a good buy especially in terms of space, practicality and efficiency. The new Jazz will be available in 7 colours namely Sunset Orange, Urban Titanium Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Orchid White Pearl, Taffeta White, Golden Brown Metallic and Alabaster Silver Metallic.
Powertrain and Performance
As we have said earlier the one of the main talking points is the addition of the now popular 1498cc i-DTEC diesel with 98 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. We feel that in the new Jazz this engine feels much better and quieter than in the other Honda cars equipped with this engine. Still refinement is not its strong point as the ease of driving is. In the city you do not require to constantly work the gearbox and there is decent punch at low revs. In the highway too performance is decent but it feels a bit strained at high revs, best shift early. While the diesel delivers the petrol is the more fun especially with the 5-speed manual. This gearbox feels sweeter than the 6-speed in the diesel it was fun driving the Jazz with this engine.
You might want to check out the CVT though as its seriously impressive. Being a CVT it is extremely efficient but also does not suffer from the negative points. In traffic the gearbox is smooth and responsive plus if you want you can use the paddle shifters to drive manually. The electric power assisted steering is very light which along with the 5.1M turning radius makes driving the Jazz really easy. In terms of ride and handling it is much better than its predecessor with excellent high speed stability. In terms of efficiency the new Jazz beats others easily here with the diesel delivering a whopping 27.3 kmpl with the petrol manual returning 18.7 kmpl and the CVT 19 kmpl.
Build and Styling
The previous Jazz looked more like an MPV but despite being longer this new gen Jazz looks much more sleeker and aggressive. Some styling details from the City are there and it all works well. The sharp new headlamps blend in well with that multilayered grille. At the side the MPV proportions some-what reveal themselves but Honda designers have added in various lines to disguise and they have succeeded. The 15 inch wheels look a bit small though. After the sharp front the rear styling is in contrast and we love those LED tail-lamps plus the tailgate spoiler adds to the sportiness. Step inside and does not feels like a hatch at all with its huge amount of space inside. The longer wheelbase over the previous gen makes it incredibly roomy. Rear legroom is up by 115mm and is perfect for those who want to be driven around. In terms of luggage space its 354 litres but with the Magic seat option it gets to 881 litres with the 2nd row seat forward. Elsewhere the design of the dash is similar to the City. The new Jazz gets a 6.2 inch touchscreen with navigation, rear view camera display and DVD playback. Just like the City it also gets the touchscreen auto AC controls. Other than that there are the usual features and the new Jazz is quite well equipped though rear AC vents is being missed.
The new Jazz is a seriously impressive in its new gen avatar. The usual plus points like space and practicality is now combined with added features and an efficient range of engines. Honda has packed in everything to make sure that the Jazz is a success and we see no reason why it should not be. Our choice is the diesel version among the range for its fantastic efficiency and that will no doubt be the best-seller.