It’s no secret that the Honda Jazz was one of te most popular hatchbacks on South African roads. With it’s superb features and incredible versatility and practicality, the Jazz was literally everywhere I looked. This past month, the Honda Jazz Sport was launched in South Africa, and whilst I had the privilege of being invited to the spectacular event, I thought it would be pertinent to go in-depth into this amazing little vehicle.
The all-new Honda Jazz Sport has been substantially refreshed and upgraded for 2018 – an obviously sportier, edgier look is the first thing one would notice as well as the updated cabin and cockpit. Taking it’s inspiration from the Type R, the Jazz Sport now boasts an aggressive and aerodynamic form with a bold spoiler and red trim-line. A prominent grille with slim, tapered headlights gives it an assertive presence that looks fantastic to me! 16-inch alloy wheels in a glossy black finish round the sporty new Jazz off perfectly.
Thanks to a compact engine bay, the cabin is spacious for a vehicle in this class, and thus has generous leg room and quite a nice-sized boot. The legendary “Magic Seats” still allow you to maximise space in the rear, making it possible to literally cater the space in the back and boot in numerous ways. A 7-inch touchscreen manages all your audio and visual needs and incorporates Bluetooth, HDMI and iPod/USB connections and 6 speakers. There is also a rear-view camera and electric windows all round, and nifty side-mirrors that retract after parking feel.
On the top of the range models, sophisticated safety features include collision warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and heated side mirrors. The updated interior (pinstripe with colour-coded stitching) is really stunning, and reiterates the new Sporty feel.
The heart of the new Jazz is the 1.5 iVtec 4-cylinder engine that kicks out a satisfying 97 KW of Power and 155 Nm torque; this really brings the Jazz on par with it’s competitors in this segment. Not only was the engine given a work-over, but the suspension system has also been upgraded and fine-tined, as well as a new braking system implemented that will surely not simply enhance the drive-feel, but also improve the already well-specced safety of the vehicle.
With a wining combination of well-performing machinery, practicality thanks to Magic Seating, and the wonderful reliability offered by the brand, the Jazz is sure to be a big hit. Looking forward to an in-depth review this year!
By Desh Bechan