The Honda Jazz was always known and loved for its practical virtues. But it seemed to fall short in terms of visual appeal. The latest generation model hopes to address that – sporting styling that’s more upbeat dubstep than mellow jazz. You can look out for our launch report in the print edition of IgnitionLIVE this Thursday, but here’s a quick overview of what’s changed.
Underneath it boasts an all-new monocoque construction. It’s lighter, but more rigid – and the wheelbase is longer. Two engine choices are on offer. First up is Honda’s 1.2-litre mill with 66kW and 110Nm. The 1.5-litre choice has been carried over from the previous model, but it has received a few tweaks here and there, mostly in the name of greater efficiency rather than more power. It produces 88kW and 145Nm. These are available with either a five-speed manual or a CVT.
Also notable is the inclusion of a cool, new touch-screen interface – but it’s only available on the high grade Dynamic model. The rest receive a five-inch display unit. Inside, space has increased (not that it was ever poor in the previous model) and Honda’s smart Magic Seat function is still there. As before, you can enjoy a variety of different configurations, but now the system is easier to use.
Safety features are ample across the board. Even if you pick the base Trend version, you’ll still get front, side and curtain airbags as well as ABS, EBD and hazard lights that activate automatically under sudden, heavy braking. Pricing ranges between R179,900 for the 1.2 Trend, to R264,900 for the 1.5 Dynamic CVT.