New 2015 Honda Jazz : Competition Check

  • Jun 25, 2015
With updated price chart at time of launch on 08/07/2015

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The first generation Honda Jazz was somewhat ahead of its time in India. Now though, the Indian car buyer has become accustomed to the concept of a premium hatchback with a premium price tag with the likes of the Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Elite i20 being widely accepted in the market. Honda is now back to claw into this segment with its third generation Jazz, and based on initial impressions we have to say that Honda’s new premium hatchback poses serious competition to rivals.

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The new Honda Jazz has serious road presence for a hatchback, thanks to its tall height, window line and bonnet. With a height of 1,544mm, the Jazz is indeed the tallest car among its competition. This combined with its stubby front end, large bumper, grille and big windshield give the car a large car appeal.

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The side profile of the car is quite appealing too with plenty of angular design cues in the form of a sharp beltline that blends well with the rear wheel arch and angular tail lamp. There is another angular recess on the lower section of the door. The rearward sloping roof incorporates the sleek rear spoiler well at its end. While the car has a large glass house, the quarter windows ahead of the A-Pillars further lends to the Jazz’s big car appeal.

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Around the back, Honda has fitted red reflector panels on the rear windshield as well to give the tail lamps a tall appearance. These combined with the long chrome garnish on the tail gate and the large faux air meshes on the bumper again help in making the Jazz appear larger than life.

Honda Jazz dimensions comparison

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Inside, the Jazz stays away from the current trend of beige and dual tone interiors with its all black cabin. And we aren’t complaining. Plastic quality is good and so is fit and finish, This combined with its differently shaped air vents with sliver surrounds, piano black centre console housing screens for the dual-DIN stereo and air conditioning controls, along with leather clad steering wheel and gear lever make the cabin of the Jazz feel upmarket in a sober manner.

Honda has equipped the Jazz with a host of features to keep it up to date with the times and compete against well equipped rivals such as the Hyundai Elite i20.

Here is how the new Jazz competes against its rivals on the equipment front

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The seats themselves are comfortable units and the top-end variant comes with Honda’s ‘magic seats’ that can be flipped individually and can be folded flat onto the floor to make way for a large 881 litres of luggage space from its 354 litres of boot space.

Right from the second-to-base S variant, the new Jazz comes equipped with anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. Airbags are available from the mid-level SV variant onwards.

Honda Jazz safety features comparison

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Like its predecessor, the new Honda Jazz is powered by Honda’s 1.2 litre, four cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine. The engine has a lively top end and is a refined unit. For the first time in India, the Jazz will also be available with a diesel engine. The unit in question is ofcourse Honda’s all aluminium 1.5 litre, four cylinder, turbocharged unit. The motor has come a long way from its debut in the Amaze compact sedan and now has far lower in-cabin NVH levels.

Here is how the petrol engine of the Jazz compares against that of its rivals

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Here is how the diesel engine of the Jazz compares against that of its rivals

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The Honda Jazz is under pinned by a McPherson Strut front suspension with coil springs and a torsion beam rear setup with coil springs. And we have to say that ride quality is excellent, at least at average speeds. While these are initial impressions, a thorough road test will reveal the true nature of the suspension setup.

Honda Jazz suspension setup comparison

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Rounding it up

Having taken a look at how the new Honda Jazz stacked up against its competition its is fair to assume that it will pose stiff competition to its rivals. Its strengths lie with the fact that it comes with Honda’s badge signifying reliability, low maintenance costs and high resale value. The Jazz also offers a spacious cabin, feels premium, is well equipped and built.

It lacks some equipment that its rivals come with but makes up for it with features such as satellite navigation. The Jazz also does not get performance oriented versions like the Polo, although that customer base is limited.

What it does offer is class leading fuel efficiency for both petrol and diesel models. And in this nation where running costs are crucial, this aspect is going to work for the Jazz rather well.

The Honda City has become the highest selling car in the mid-size segment by far, something Honda would look to do with the new Jazz as well.

Price chart updated at time of launch on 08/07/2015

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