Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol | Cars First Drive | Premium hatchbacks | Autocar India

17 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol | Cars First Drive | Premium hatchbacks | Autocar India
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WE SCRATCHING our heads, thinking this was not going to work. How on were we going to stuff a of boxes into this Honda had set an exercise for us to showcase the spacious and flexible interiors of the and to have a bit of fun as well. The amount of was fit for an estate car but the Jazz’s ‘magic’ seats which lift, and fold completely flat up to their name by conjuring where

you thought there was

SPACE shuttle

The brilliance of the lies in its unbelievable space It also demonstrates Honda’s expertise and lateral thinking in to good use every millimetre of the The key to the brilliant packaging is the cab-forward and centrally-mounted fuel tank liberates space under the seats (where most tanks usually sit).

So though this car’s at 2500mm, is shorter than big hatchbacks like the Hyundai the car has acres more space.

into the massive cabin is easy by large doors open wide. Outside is superb, thanks to the generous area (especially the large, quarter-windows) and slim A-pillars. The seats have a tall position and are pretty broad generous bolstering but there’s no adjust which compromises comfort.

In the rear, the seat squab is a short, so under-thigh support is not as as we would have liked. than that, it’s to fault the back seat. The ‘H-point’ adjustable back terrific head- and legroom generous width make the bench the comfiest we have in any hatchback by far. The rear is wide enough for three and the absence of an armrest makes better for the middle passenger.

The manner in which the rear function is also outstanding. latches and levers allow you to up or collapse the seats neatly the floor, with just one

The tricks don’t end with the You can spend the whole day discovering storage areas Honda has out of the Jazz. There are two medium-sized with a shelf in between, storage space under the console and between the seats, a box under the rear seats as and 10 cupholders.

Yes, ten! One in door four, one each at end of the dashboard in front of the air-con (to keep your drinks two ahead of the gear lever, and a between the front seats. hasn’t spared the boot either. There’s a small tucked into the side.

The area is massive too 366 litres can take a couple of large without the need to fold the The large boot has made the absence of a rear parcel a shocking omission for such a hatch. Come on Honda, the Maruti A-star has one!

Thankfully, such blatant isn’t carried over to the area. While the Jazz a lot of its mechanical components with the there is very little on the to suggest this. The steering dials and gear knob are the bits that are shared but the Jazz’s cabin has a completely vibe to it. In fact, interior feels a notch above the expensive City.

The Jazz’s and fabrics have a richer and even the doors shut a more solid thud the City’s.

The dashboard design and is very different from the The chunky air-con knobs a solid feel and function except for the low-rent fresh slider. Honda has packaged all the into the top of the central console, up storage space below.

The gets a CD player unlike the music system which off a memory stick or iPod. audio controls, real-time consumption, airbags and ABS are also There are no alloys but the dull wheel caps on steel look quite good.


There was a time all Hondas looked boring. to be inoffensive to the majority of the world’s a Honda’s safe lines and details made it dull to at. Today, however, things are different.

The Civic and City path-breaking designs and the Jazz, its MPV-like proportions, looks too.

The edgy styling gives the a futuristic look that Hondas are known for. The pointed nose with triangular headlights is particularly The power bulge on the bonnet the light perfectly and the car has been a strong chin too, goes well with its stance.

Honda designers used a bulging rear arch with strong cut to break up the mass of the side of the car and at the a wide, flush-mounted windscreen the car look unique too.


The Jazz comes a wide range of engines for markets but for India there is one engine option a 1198cc motor developing an impressive Cars with engines 1.2 litres get huge savings in duty and this is the main why the Jazz and most other come with engines this limit.

However, all engines are not the same, especially if a Honda. While Maruti and offer double overhead on their 1.2 engines for greater and control, Honda fights with a single camshaft but a new version of its patented variable timing system (i-VTEC). One of the of the i-VTEC system is to improve the and efficiency of the engine.

Slender arms play the 16 valves an expert trumpeter, deactivating one valve below 2100rpm. not only improves efficiency but low-end response, the theory that the narrower passage only one valve closed) up airflow.

The theory works. The Jazz smartly to a dab on the accelerator and feels perky at low speeds. Ambling in is quite easy and part-throttle is pretty good. However, motors work best at revs, where they seem more at home and the motor is no different. It gets a wind past 5000rpm and to its 6500rpm redline.

Flat-out is pretty strong, considering the of the motor. Zero to 100kph up in 13.2seconds with 120 taking a of 18.6sec. This easily the Jazz the fastest of the 1.2 petrol This engineis also refined.

Idle is almost the motor purrs at low engine and it’s only when you are pushing it to the maximum that it slightly louder.

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If there is a in this engine it’s the midrange. Peak torque is a 11.2kgm but it is developed at a high It feels quite gutless 4000rpm and you have to constantly to avoid getting bogged Drivability is further hampered by the gap between second and third ratios.

It’s just as that the slick-shifting gearbox is an delight to use.


On its raised suspension and weedy the Jazz doesn’t quite like a hot hatch and this is not a car you forward to getting behind the of on a twisting road. The stiff and taut suspension give body control but the limitation is the resistance Michelins, which up grip quite easily.

The steering feel is similar to the City’s not completely disconnected as but still a touch too light to confidence at high speeds. quality isn’t brilliant

The jacked-up and stiffened suspension well with smooth but it crashes over sharp and potholes, which makes it jarring for passengers. Also, the drum up a fair amount of noise on patchy surfaces and is accentuated by the silent powertrain.

the Jazz is a far cry from the Fabia or Punto which feel more planted and secure at speeds and over rough Pushing the Jazz to its limit always fun and you are much happier the pace a notch down. The is not a great highway car and it feels comfortable at moderate speeds in surroundings where the light and nimble handling become


Available only one engine option but in variants, the Jazz’s pricing is by hatchback standards. The base nudges Rs 8.28 lakh Mumbai) while the top-of-the-line model, which gets an of sporty body mods and costs Rs 8.66 lakh. is a decent level of equipment but not to justify the over-the-top price.

To put it in perspective, a fully-loaded Skoda 1.2 costs Rs 1.6 lakh less. The price is closer to the City’s, is also expensive by saloon-car

But the Jazz offers more in areas than its saloon The build quality is better, on the inside, and the rear seat is comfy too. Plus, it practicality no saloon car can hope to

Look at all the flexible luggage and you know why Honda chose to this car the Jazz it can swallow a jazz band, trumpet, saxophone, drum kit and possibly the bass too.

No doubt, the is a brilliantly designed and engineered The 1.2 engine is adequate for city use and to be efficient. Like most the Jazz should be super-reliable.

As an package, it does the job better any other hatchback in the market. It everything except value for especially for a hatch.

However, you get is something unique, a classy, and engineered car built to global You get that precise Honda fit and the brilliant packaging, plenty of bits and the promise of great economy and reliability. If you are looking for an saloon or pure driving the Jazz is not the car for you.

It’s a more stylish and better alternative to a saloon but nonetheless an one.

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