The ANCAP gives full five star rating to the 2015 Honda Jazz, which is equipped with front, side and head airbags. The structural rigidity of the Honda Jazz scores high points.
The next offering from Honda in India is the 2015 Jazz, which is all set to compete in the lucrative premium hatchback segment. Production of the new generation Jazz has begun in full swing at Honda’s Tapukara facility in Rajasthan. The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has recently conducted a crash test of the premium hatchback that has scored a healthy five star rating. However, the Jazz being offered internationally gets front, side and head airbags as standard.
The Honda Jazz won’t get more than dual front airbags on the range topping variants in India. Though, the structural strength of the Honda Jazz is worth appreciating after having seen the crash test videos. In the frontal offset test, the passenger compartment held its shape intact and all doors remained closed during the crash. The side impact test saw impressive performance of the side airbags providing good head protection. The new Honda Jazz scored similar to the new Honda City in whiplash protection test.
The 2015 Honda Jazz scored acceptable points (24.29 out of 36) for pedestrian protection but ANCAP says that improvements could be made to the windscreen and bonnet surround. The model tested by ANCAP is offered in Australia and New Zealand. Safety ratings of the India spec model is yet to be seen but we can expect healthy rating if not full five stars for the airbag equipped variants of the Honda Jazz. The launch is expected to happen in India in June this year competing against the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo.
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