2013 Honda Jazz ReviewDecember 3, 2014
It comes with a choice of two petrol engines for its buyers- 89bhp 1.2 and a 99bhp 1.3 (badged 1.4) and a hybrid. They all have a good standard performance in town, but can take few moments to accelerate on faster roads. The hybrid comes with a CVT automatic gearbox and 1.3 comes with an option. It is not chiefly responsive, so does few things pretty slow.
Ride is good at town speeds but the body control is a bit bouncy on faster roads, making riding and handling not too good as compared to the peers of the same class. The steering is extremely light for parking and indistinct and slow witted on twisty and deep curved roads, undermining your confidence.
Although the engine is smooth but for people who prefer a quiet life, Jazz is best avoided. Too much of wind and road noise carves their way in the cabin making it worse at faster speeds. Around town, the hybrid is hushed at lower speeds but CVT versions make a commotion on pressing the accelerator hard.
Each and every model have an average of more than 50 mpg and all the engines and gearboxes emit very low carbon dioxide, making the hybrid model extremely economical. But its high price may waive off the idea of buying it. Although powerful second hand values help compensate for the higher prices.
Much of the interior plastic is scratchy and hard, making them scuff easily. This makes Jazz not much upmarket as compared to the similarly priced competitors. But, it has completed top of the super mini class in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey for around 10 years, so it probably should be reliable.
When it comes to safety and security, it received a maximum of 5 stars in its Euro NCAP crash test. Every model comes incorporated with 6 airbags, an active anti- whiplash head restraints and stability control. A visible VIN, deadlocks and fully integrated stereo makes sure the security is of premium level.
The driver’s seat can be moved up and down but the windscreen pillars come in between your line of sight. It comes with an impressive layout of the dashboard and everything can be monitored, thanks to the knobs and chunky buttons. The bland design and badly placed switches for the electric door mirrors lets down the expectations.
You can move Jazz’s dual folding rear seats using retractable handrests just single handedly. The masterpiece is the boot, having a multi functional parcel shelf which can be hoarded either horizontally or vertically in 4 various ways to hold any load in place.