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2014 Honda Jazz First Drive Review


2014 Honda Jazz First Drive Review

Third generation Honda Jazz will go on sale in India in 2014

Honda Jazz Review

Car Tested: 2014 Honda Jazz Petrol

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 6-9 lakhs (est.)

The all new Honda Jazz sets the benchmark in the hatchback arena.

The concept of a premium hatchback wasn’t well accepted by Indians when Honda made the brave move of launching the Jazz in our country in 2009. Although the old Honda Jazz was a fantastic product, the optimistic pricing made it the first Honda car in India to do poor sales numbers. Honda tried to revive the Jazz by bringing in a facelift in 2011 with reduced prices but eventually discontinued the car as the lack of a diesel option meant poor demand. Now Honda is all set to make a comeback in the premium hatchback space with the launch of the third generation Jazz in 2014. The all new Jazz benefits from diesel firepower under its belly and increased demand for premium hatchbacks. We take a quick spin at Motegi (Honda’s own test track in Japan) and our first impressions of this supermini are very positive.

2014 Honda Jazz Review

Styling of new Jazz is evolutionary and picks design cues from other Hondas

The third generation of the Honda Jazz is more of an evolution than a revolution. The overall design of the vehicle is quite reminiscent to its predecessor and if one parks all three generations together, the similarities between the cars is obvious. Honda for their part has made heavy styling changes which gives the new Jazz a very modern appeal. The inspiration comes from other Honda cars like the CR-V, NSX and FCX Clarity. The dimensions remain largely the same although the wheelbase has been increased to further boost interior room. So the front does get a new face which looks sharp while the edges across the car make it look apt in today’s design centric world.

2014 Honda Jazz Interior Review

Interiors have also evolved and look very appealing, features are plenty

One of the USPs of the Honda Jazz is the space it offers. The new model only takes this further. The dashboard is all new and is heavily revised with a new design. The large dashboard is quite functional yet attractive with a wide centre console which looks less cluttered. There is plenty of glass area and that bodes well for airiness inside the cabin. While the front seats offer good comfort, the rear ones offer plenty of leg space which combined with the flat floor makes the Jazz one of the few hatchbacks which can carry 5 passengers in utmost comfort.

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Centre console is very different from old Jazz, plenty of storage spaces inside

There are plenty of features on offer too but we are still unsure on what all will makes it way to India. The upcoming City will give us a glimpse of what all equipment to expect as standard on the new Jazz but push button start/stop, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, multi-information display, 15-inch alloy wheels, 6 airbags are bound to be standard on the top spec variant.

2014 Honda Jazz India Review2014 Honda Jazz Rear Seat

Front seats are very supportive, rear has plenty of room all around making seating 5 easy

Honda has worked on the seating positon and the driver sits low which gives the car a sporty driving position. Head room has never been an issue and similar is the case with the new model. The instrument cluster is much easier on the eyes compared to the old model and there are plenty of storage spaces inside the Honda Jazz which is impressive. Practicality is boosted by the enermous boot with the rear seats folding flat in split format to leverage additional storage space. Quality levels are good but the Indian model will be heavily localized and going by the fit and finish on other Honda cars sold in India, we have nothing to complain about.

2014 Honda Jazz Engine

Honda will power the Jazz with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines

We drove the Japanese version (known as the Honda Fit locally) which was powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine mated to an automatic transmission. However, for India, Honda is bringing in the new Jazz with two engines – the familiar 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the much awaited 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The diesel version will be available coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. Honda is likely offer an automatic variant in petrol guise, using the trusted 5-speed transmission seen on the Brio and Amaze Automatic. Power and torque figures are likely to be the same as the Amaze but may vary marginally. We also managed a short spin in the Hybrid version, but this is unlikely to make it to India in the near future.

2014 Honda Jazz Test Drive Review

The Volkswagen Polo was benchmarked to fine-tune the dynamics of the new Jazz

Honda’s are known to carry a good balance of ride and handling. With the new Jazz, the company wanted to take a huge leap forward and thus Honda went ahead and benchmarked the Volkswagen Polo. The result is the Jazz offers a very involving drive. Ride and handling has been its strength in the past and we reckon it has only improved in the new version. Ride quality on the butter smooth Motegi track was good with the vehicle gliding on the tarmac but our drive was too short to give a definitive verdict and we will wait for a real road experience to judge the car in the dynamics department.

2014 Honda Jazz First Drive

New Jazz has potential to unsettle rivals and become class leader

Honda is on a definite roll and the new Jazz is partly responsible for it. The company has managed to improve the already capable Jazz even further which is sure going to give its chief rivals (Hyundai i20, Maruti Swift and Volkswagen Polo) a tough time. The Jazz finally gets a diesel engine in its arsenal, which along with heavy localisation can help Honda in making this hatch a super success. Now the only thing which remains to be seen is how Honda positions and prices the new Jazz with the Amaze and new City at almost similar price points. If the Japanese firm manages to get the asking price spot on, the new Jazz is sure to become a popular sight on Indian streets.

The 2014 Honda Jazz is sure going to steal the limelight away from established players and going by our first drive, we expect this to be a super hit in India.

2014 Honda Jazz Boot

The Honda Jazz easily has the biggest boot in its segment

What’s Cool

* Cabin space and practicality
* Diesel engine
* Dynamics

What’s Not So Cool

* Hybrid not coming to India

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  • rohit

    THIS IS IT…………….THE SEDAN VERSION OF HONDA FIT OR JAZZ IS THE THE 2014 HONDA CITY. MY PREDICTION BEFORE NOVEMBER 25……………………………

  • sandy

    I’m already a Jazz fan and the newer one has raised the styling quotient, really I find nothing faulty to pick.
    Its pricing is going to decide the fate of CS market, even the regular sedans. But to Honda’s strategy I think its going to be priced above Amaze to avoid cannibalization. The way the center console tilts towards the driver seat reminds the like of Golf’s unit. They also need to think about features in offering, since Hyundai Gi10 has raised the level even if its a segment lower.

  • Crazywheels

    Always Jazz , the Best hatchback offered in India. People go away from this model only because of the abscence of a diesel heart. If they bring the diesel version, there will be a huge boon to their sales.

  • badman

    very nice….. now you are saying that not bringing hybrid is “not so cool” okay……
    when hybrid version will be launched in India. then you will say PRICING is not So cool….. :p

  • viper

    This will kill the competition. Nothing more or less. Unless honda india strips it off.

  • Ashish

    certainly a diesel engine in jazz will affect i20 n polo..

  • Amar

    Hey Faisal,
    Nice to see you are testing upcoming products before they are hitting India.
    When can we expect this in India for diesel option?
    Keep up the good work :)

    • Amar

      I just went to the Dealer for SWIFT ZXI, it cost around 6.7L OTR. Planning to buy within 6 months.
      Will Jazz be launched sometime around in 6 Months and is it worth waiting compared to Swift?

      • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

        Jazz worth waiting.

  • anand

    what about the road clearance? are they increasing it? the old hold jazz was facing this trouble on the potholed indian roads.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      That we will know when Indian model specs will be released around the launch.

  • Parimal

    Is seating position better than city ? Is the distance between steering & driver seat more in this jazz compared to city ? How will you rate Jazz vs Ecosport in terms of driver seating position ? Ofcourse, if priced correctly, below Amaze, ecosport will be most to get hit as it can’t fit 5 persons and its hype has now dried up. Ecosport seating position is better compared to city & amaze, hope jazz has good drivers seat.

  • Ramesh

    Will it have lesser cabin noise compared to Amaze ? I’ve shortlisted I20 Diesel Asta and Swift ZDi and waiting for Jazz Diesel to test drive and decide.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Jazz diesel will have same noise as Amaze if the City diesel is anything to go by.