Honda Jazz Facelift – 4 Reasons To Buy & Not To Buy
The premium hatchback segment is not a crowded one and the Jazz has been among the key players. But is it still a good buy? We tell you.
There are compelling reasons to buy the BS6 Honda Jazz facelift as it comes with many features people look for in a hatchback. Launched only recently, the premium hatchback is priced between Rs. 7.5 lakhs and Rs. 9.73 lakhs (ex-showroom).
However, that is not to say that there are no issues with the car. Like any motor, it too comes with foibles which, upon reading further, would be revealed in detail.
Space – It is no doubt that the Honda Jazz is a spacious hatchback. Even the boot is big, at over 350 litres of space. With a 2530 mm wheelbase, space inside the car will be more than adequate for four adults to be comfortable even over longer journeys. The large glasshouse, light-coloured upholstery and headlining, all add to that airy feel further.
Features – Looking at the features list shows that the three variants are specced well. Even the base variant comes with cruise control, auto climate control, paddle shifters (CVT), while the top-spec ZX trim gets all the features one would realistically need or use, apart from having a sunroof, which is always a bonus.
Looks – With the BS6 update, Honda revised the styling by a teeny-weeny bit. The grille is a bit different, the bumper has changed, while the headlights are new. Now, the front fascia of the car looks a bit sharper and along with LED tail lights, it is definitely not a minger.
Honda reliability and service – This, in the Honda Jazz facelift reasons to buy list, should seal the deal for many a customer. The brand’s reputation of building bullet-proof cars for decades is a selling point in itself. Add to that the vast number of service centres situated across the country, one would not have to worry about maintaining their Honda.
No Diesel – We know that high costs associated with updating diesel engines to comply with BS6 emissions regulations resulted in many automakers dropping diesel engines altogether. But, Honda openly stated that its customers showed strong preference towards the petrol version, hence why it dropped it. But, it should offer an oil burner option to appeal to more customers.
Some features missing – I had mentioned earlier that the car has a good number of features. However, for the high asking price, it does miss out on features like indicators on the ORVMs, signature rear LED wing lights and gets only one USB-in port instead of two in the base variant. Also, it comes with only dual front airbags, there is no connected car tech on offer and no wireless phone charger. Today’s customers are tech-savvy and they must be catered to.
Performance of 1.2-litre engine – The sole petrol engine on offer with the Jazz is a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol motor that produces 90 PS and 110 Nm. It can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 7-step CVT. While the performance is adequate, it is just a normal hatchback without sporting pretentions afterall, more power and overall improvement in performance would not go amiss.
Price – This is one sore sticking point with the Honda Jazz facelift. It commands a premium over its competitors, which cannot be overlooked in a price sensitive market such as ours and in a segment where it competes. Also, this is the second update for this generation of Jazz as Honda doesn’t plan to introduce the new generation model in India.