Improving on Success
Honda has a proven track record of improving on success; just look at the Accord and the Civic and the CR-V, to take only three of Honda’s most-loved models. All have been steadily improved over time and this also applies to the Jazz, now in its third generation and updated for 2018.
Since its first generation, the ingenious Jazz has cleverly combined style and practicality. For those who like a dynamic high-spec hatchback, there is a more aggressive look which enhances its already handsome exterior. New headlights and grille look great and there are now LED daytime running lights, plus a bigger rear spoiler and new bumpers front and rear.
The redesign carries over to the inside; the Jazz interior looks fresh and contemporary, especially with the large touchscreen. There’s lots of storage pockets and a clever cupholder right by the air-conditioning vent. Every switch and button is logically placed right in the line of sight and the flexible seats come in really useful when you need to carry bigger or odd-shaped items.
The 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine is near the top of its class, and also among the most fuel efficient. Around town and along city roads, the Jazz is smooth and quiet in operation. For those that want a more frugal driving experience, it also comes with Econ (Economy) mode. If you give it a bit more throttle, the 1.5-litre engine allows the Jazz to overtake slower cars with relative ease, as well as other cars with bigger engines. If you like to drive ‘with spirit’, put it into ‘Sport’ mode and the Jazz is more than willing to let you have some fun. It even comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters which make for a sportier and more engaging driving experience.
MAX POWER 130 hp (97 kW) from 6,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) @ 4,600 rpm
MAX SPEED 180 kph
TRANSMISSION Continuously Variable (CVT) with paddle shifters seven-speed manual mode
EXTERIOR New front and rear design and lighting make the Jazz a more sculpted, more interesting car. There is a lot of dynamic character built into this compact frame, which seems to further disguise the absolute practicality of its versatile interior.
INTERIOR Every version of the Jazz has a generous range of steering wheel and driver’s seat adjustment, so getting the driving position just right is extremely easy. Impressively, the Jazz is easy to thread along busy urban roads and to park in cramped multi-storey bays. This is because its windscreen is tall and wide, while its front pillars are slim enough that they don’t obscure your vision. The front side windows are deep, too, and provide a good view of traffic at junctions and intersections.
There’s more good news when you look over your shoulder. The rear screen and side windows are uniformly deep, while the rear pillars are slim and upright.
Even adults taller than 1m80 will have no problem making themselves comfortable in the front of the Jazz. There’s a huge amount of headroom, and shoulder room too. Certainly, anyone with long legs will be able to stretch out easily.
Both front doors have pockets big enough to accept a medium-sized water bottle, between the two front seats are two cupholders, with a third position on the dash to the right of the steering wheel. The final cubby is underneath the armrest between the two front seats. It can easily take a mobile phone, a wallet and a set of keys.
The Jazz’s class-leading interior space also includes the rear of the cabin. Two tall adults can sit in the outer rear seats without their heads touching the ceiling, or their knees touching the front seats.
The Jazz’s boot is as big as those in some small family cars and is very well designed.
There’s certainly enough room for your baby’s pram/stroller, or two large suitcases and other items. Folding one or both of the rear seats flat creates an even larger and equally uncluttered load area. Below the boot floor are more storage spaces for smaller items you may wish to keep out of sight.
The Jazz comes with a very impressive list of Honda-proven safety equipment as standard, including driver and passenger air bags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, and ISOFIX child anchor points. Thanks to these, the Jazz was awarded full marks by Euro NCAP, the safety research organisation.
For your added security when you are not in the car, there is an immobiliser system, a security alarm system, keyless entry and rear shelf which keeps the contents of your boot out of sight of prying eyes!
WHERE CAN I SEE IT
The friendly staff at the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street (near the TV Intersection) know everything you need to know about the new Jazz; all your questions will be answered, and they’ll even arrange a test drive of the new Jazz or any of the Honda cars and SUVs that you may be interested in. Call 800 8123 or visit the Honda website