Like the exterior, the interiors too sport very few visible changes. The 2018 Jazz gets the same dashboard with a funky design and a flurry of asymmetric cues. It is well thought-out too, with nice touches including multiple cubby-holes, numerous cup holders and the touch controls for the air-con is intuitive too. Overall plastic quality, although largely good, is still a notch or two below the standards set by some of its competitors.
As before, the brilliance of the Jazz lies in its comfortable interiors. Entry into the massive cabin is made easy by large doors which open wide. Outward visibility is good, thanks to the generous glass area, but thick A-pillars obstruct view. The front seats are set at a good height and are broad with generous bolstering and comfortable over long journeys. But it’s the rear seat which is the real highlight. There is abundance of knee room at the rear and the generous width and flat floor makes it a decent five-seater too. Unlike the old car though, Honda has ditched the trademark magic seats, which is a shame. What has also been omitted are adjustable rear headrests. This a glaring exclusion, as the fixed headrests are too small and won’t help in case of a rear-end collision. The boot, like before, is generous and the low loading lip and wide opening makes loading heavy luggage an easy affair.
With the new Jazz, Honda has ditched the base E and SV trim. As a result, every variant of the Jazz is well equipped. The top Honda Jazz VX trim now comes with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has loads of features. It comes with 3D satellite navigation, Voice recognition, Mirror-link, two USB ports, HDMI port, 1.5GB of internal memory, Bluetooth telephony with music streaming and much more. It is a well-integrated unit and is easy to scroll through. Honda has also made rear parking sensors and speed sensing door lock standard, which honestly should have been there even on the earlier Jazz. Although the top CVT and the diesel variants get keyless go-and-cruise control, it has been weirdly omitted on the VX petrol manual variant. Overall the Jazz is well equipped but lags behind the competition as it doesn’t offer gizmos like LED DRLs, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming rear view mirror.