Why Honda Jazz is emerging as preferred option among premium hatchback buyers

Since Honda launched the face-lifted Jazz at an aggressive price range of Rs. 5.5 lakh to Rs. 6.06 lakh, buyer interest in the car has shot up. CarToq spoke to some dealers, and they are saying waiting period is already 4-5 months for this car now.  Here’s what has changed in the new Jazz, apart from the price reduction. Also read: Buy VW Polo / Vento this weekend to get more features for the same price!

Since its launch in 2009, the Jazz has been known for its spacious interiors, engine refinement, consistent fuel economy and reliability.

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Refreshed front: The Jazz gets new headlamps with a silver and matte finish. The front bumper has been redesigned to improve the car’s aerodynamics and appearance. The chrome grille renders a premium feel to the Jazz. With these subtle changes on its face, the new Jazz is refreshing to look at. Read more about the Jazz here.

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Longer side profile: The side profile of the Jazz appears to be longer than it actually is. The four large windows offer all round visibility to the occupants. The sporty 5-spoke alloy wheel is chunkier and gels well with the super-forwarding design of the Honda hatch.

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Refurbished rear: The new Jazz gets a fat chrome garnish on the tail gate that enhances the visual appeal of the car. The rear bumpers have also been redesigned and sport a pair of slits with mesh grille to give them a sporty touch.

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Spacious Interior: The car’s dashboard has an unconventionally designed central layout, yet it is practical for daily usage. All the instruments and AC controls are spot-on. The front and rear seats have been designed for good overall comfort. The corners of the dashboard have two cup holders so do all the four doors. The plastic case behind the parking lever has two bottle slots. There are storage bins below the rear quarter glass carving out some more space in the already spacious 366 litres boot space.

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New gadgets and features: The Jazz now gets a much needed USB port for the integrated music system that features CD, MP3, AM/FM and aux-in port. The rear seats can now be reclined as per the occupant’s convenience. The instrument cluster gets an amber colored backlight that is quite pleasing to the eyes. The power door mirrors get the auto retract feature in the new Jazz.

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Engine: The 1.2 litre i-vtec of Jazz is a rev-happy motor that produces 89 bhp of maximum power and 110 Nm of maximum torque. Like all Hondas, the engine has to be revved a little harder for spirited driving, but the performance and refinement is class-leading. The motor performs its daily chore with ease while returning a consistent mileage (ARAI mileage is 16.7 kmpl).

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Safety: All variants of the Jazz are loaded with dual front airbags, ABS with brake assist, EBD, driver side auto pinch guard, day/night side rear view mirror, rear windshield defogger, rear wiper and a high mount stop lamp.

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Overall: Honda is trying hard to repeat the success it had with the price-slash of the City. The refreshed Jazz has suddenly become a value for money car, which has world-class quality. Polo is already facing the heat and responding (Read our story here). Let’s wait how others respond in the next few months.

*Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi