2018 Honda Jazz Facelift Review
Car Tested: 2018 Honda Jazz Facelift; Road Test No. 962
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 8.61 – Rs. 11.08 lakhs
The Jazz facelift comes with mild cosmetic changes but new features on offer
It was the Honda Jazz that kicked off the premium hatchback segment in India and it was one of those cars that didn’t sell well because it was launched much ahead of its time and our market wasn’t really ready for such cars. With the launch of the new Jazz in 2015, the premium hatchback got a fair bit of attention from buyers and raked up decent enough sales. 3 years after this generation’s launch, Honda has now come up with a very minor update to the car which isn’t really a proper facelift but more of a variant rejig. What is the 2018 Honda Jazz all about, we tell you.
Motor Quest: The Honda Jazz is also known as Honda Fit in the international markets. It was launched in India in its second generation, which didn’t do quite well in terms of sales. Honda launched the new generation in 2015 that picked up some pace thanks to the acceptance of the premium hatchback segment in the Indian car market by then.
Exteriors – The 2018 Honda Jazz looks pretty much the same as the outgoing model. Sadly the globally sold car gets an exterior update but the Indian car doesn’t. The only changes on the exterior are the chrome handles, turn indicators on ORVMs and rear LED wing lights which too are offered only with the V and VX variants. Other than that, the Jazz’s styling remains unchanged including the alloy wheel design. The interior is where all the change has happened, so let’s get straight to it.
Interiors – Unlike the exteriors, the interiors of the new Honda Jazz get a bit of an update and added equipment. Like the Honda City, the interior of the Jazz is simple, functional and comfortable for a family of four. The dashboard gets a dual-tone, black and beige colour option, both of which look decent. The dual-tone interior with the beige colour gives the Jazz a more airy feel. There’s a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other features include automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel with cruise control, push-button start, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, instrument cluster with MID display, front armrest, rear parking camera and parking sensors. The rear seats two people comfortably, though a third person is always welcome. The beige seats and door lining gives the car a roomy feel.