Honda first introduced the Jazz in India in 2009 when the car was in its second generation globally. Back then, the brand was running a petrol-only brigade and as a result, the Jazz featured a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. Now in its third generation, the all-new Honda Jazz is available with both petrol and diesel power to take on the growing premium hatchback segment.
The new Jazz features a sportier, aerodynamically enhanced form of the old car. What this means is that it carries the same mini MPV-like profile of the old model albeit with a modern touch. The new design language, in fact, brings the Jazz in line with Honda’s new range of models that have been flooding several global markets. The angular front fascia gets the trademark thick horizontal slat for the grille and a mesh grille on the air dam. The slightly flared wheel arches and the larger windows make the car look big.
The new Jazz is as tall and wide as the old car, however, it is longer by 55mm and features a wheelbase that is lengthened by 30mm. The improved length helps increase the cabin space and overall comfort levels. As for the design, the overall layout of the cabin is somewhat similar to the City.
In terms of features, Honda is offering two different infotainment systems depending on the trim. While the entry-level trims get a 5-inch display for the rear camera and audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, the top-spec versions come with a fancier 6.2-inch touchscreen display with navigation and DVD playback functions. Other standard features on the top-spec versions include twin airbags, ABS, climate control with a touch panel, steering-mounted audio controls, electrically foldable wing mirrors and a rear view camera.
Engine and Gearbox
Unlike the old model, the new Jazz is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Honda is offering the popular 1.2-litrei-VTEC petrol and the new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor. While the former is available with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic, the diesel car gets a 6-speed manual similar to that of the new City.
While the petrol-powered Jazz makes 90bhp of power and 110Nm of torque, the diesel model pushes out 100bhp of power and a meaty 200Nm of torque.
Price and Competition
The new Jazz range starts off at Rs 5.30 lakh for the entry-level petrol version, going all the way till Rs 8.59 lakh for the top-spec diesel trim. With the launch of this new model, Honda is competing with other premium hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Elite i20, the Volkswagen Polo and the all new Maruti Suzuki Baleno.