When you think of aerated drinks, Pepsi and Coke are the first two brands that crop up. While there are other brands, which came, stayed and went from the market, these two remained at the top. Similarly, Honda has a brand recall when you think of Japanese manufacturers. Honda has been very successful with the City brand and it is still the best seller in the mid-size premium sedan segment. The Jazz also is a premium brand of hatchbacks. How good is the Honda Jazz 2016? Is it a worthy buy? We find out in out Honda Jazz 2016 review.
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The Honda Jazz 2016 is based on the new Honda City and is 55mm longer than the previous generation. Honda internally calls this design as Crossfade Monoform design. The fascia of the Honda Jazz 2016 resembles the Honda City. It has a similar front grille, though it doesn’t get the chrome finish. Honda is targeting the Honda Jazz 2016 for the youth or those you prefer trendy styling over subtle. The headlamps are single barrel and the front bumpers are different from the City.
The side profile of the Honda Jazz 2016 is a lot similar to the previous generation as it still retains the same design philosophy like the quarter glass panel, blacked out pillars and the large glass-in area. The tail lamps and rear styling too remind you of the previous Jazz, but it does look fresh with LED tail lamps.
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The interiors of the Honda Jazz 2016 are derived from the Honda City. The higher variants get a complete black interior while the other variants have a black and beige combination. The Honda Jazz 2016 has a similar steering wheel, dash board and even a similar instrument cluster. This is a three dial cluster that even shows driver information system like Trip, Distance to empty, mileage etc. The top variant of the Honda Jazz 2016 gets features like integrated music system with AVN, navigation, bluetooth connectivity and reverse parking camera, steering mounted controls, airbags and ABS. The unique feature offered on higher variants of the Jazz called as Magic seats and these can be folded in multiple ways.
The space that the Honda Jazz 2016 offers in one of the best in its segment. The interior space on the new Jazz has been increased by 139 litres compared to the previous one. The space in the front row is sufficient and the seats are comfortable. Then there are adjustable head rests that make seating a lot more comfortable. Even the rear row has comfortable seating for three large adults, which isn’t a very common thing. The Honda Jazz 2016 is a lot flexible and even the boot size at 354 litres is larger than most of the compact sedans too.
The engines on offer on the Jazz are the 1.2-litre petrol with a five-speed manual transmission and the other is a CVT (continuously variable transmission). This will be the engine is higher demand as the price between petrol and diesel have narrowed and there is a higher demand for petrol cars now. This petrol engine has sufficient grunt to drive in the city, however you need to work your way up to extract the best possible performance. The Honda Jazz 2016 is more powerful than its competition not just on paper but even in real world. The Jazz petrol has a fuel efficiency of about 12-14 km/l in the city, while on the highway it will be between 14-16km/l.
The second engine in the Honda Jazz 2016 is the 1.5-litre diesel that churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of peak torque. This comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine has sufficient grunt to be driven in the city or on the highway. There is sufficient pull available from the engine at almost any rev range. The diesel is a lot more powerful than the petrol and even its competition. Its ease of driving gives it an edge over the competition. The diesel is a lot more fuel-efficient than its current competitors. In the city, it will return about 15-17km/l, while on the highway it will be between 18-23km/l depending on your driving.
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The ride quality of Honda Jazz 2016 is good and is also an improvement over earlier Hondas. It does a good job of absorbing the bumps. The Michelin Energy Saving tyres help to increase the fuel efficiency of the Honda Jazz 2016, however, they aren’t that sticky on the road. The handling of the Jazz is good. This along with the peppiness of the diesel, is a great combination. The steering feedback is excellent and it weighs up well. This is indeed one of the much better electronic power steerings in the market.
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|Model||Price (on-road, New Delhi)|
|E Petrol||INR 6.14 lakhs|
|S Petrol||INR 6.85 lakhs|
|SV Petrol||INR 7.45 lakhs|
|V Petrol||INR 7.85 lakhs|
|VX Petrol||INR 8.39 lakhs|
|S Petrol Auto||INR 8.06 lakhs|
|V Petrol Auto||INR 9.03 lakhs|
|E Diesel||INR 7.57 lakhs|
|S Diesel||INR 8.33 lakhs|
|SV Diesel||INR 8.91 lakhs|
|V Diesel||INR 9.41 lakhs|
|VX Diesel||INR 9.88 lakhs|
The Honda Jazz 2016 is offered in Sunset Orange, Camelian Pearl Red, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Taffeta white and Golden Brown Metallic. The Sunset Orange is the company’s communication colour. White, silver and grey will be majorly sold colours.
Honda has ticked all the correct boxes with the Jazz. It is trendy and premium, spacious, feature-loaded, the engines are powerful and feature-loaded too. This makes the Honda Jazz 2016 our pick as a product in the premium hatchback segment.
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|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1066 kg|
|Max Power||87bhp @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||110Nm @ 4800rpm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual / CVT|
|Max Power||98bhp @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||200Nm @ 1750rpm|