The old Honda Jazz was too ahead of it’s time. No two ways about it. It was packed to the gill with features, which sadly only a few appreciated back then. Now, with the boom in the premium hatchspace, Honda is bullish on capitalizing on it’s brand value. The all new Jazz broke cover recently, let’s take a quick look.
Will the new generation Jazz remind you about the old one? Yes. Especially when you view it from the rear. The rear now houses LED tail-lamps and vertical reflector strips that run along the height of the rear-windshield. There’s a massive chrome-strip running across the width of the boot.
The side bears a prominent shoulder-line that disappears into the tail-lamps. There’s a completely new alloy wheel design too. One size too small for our liking, to be honest.
The front will remind you of it’s sedan sibling - the City. The headlamps are similarly sleek and swept back. The grille is finished in piano black and has a subtle chrome garnish to keep things lively.
Foglamps sit snug inside a trapezoidal cluster, something that makes it’s presence on the rear bumper too, to break the monotony.
Overall, the Jazz manages to retain it’s predecessor’s simplicity and look properly modern at the same time. The sharply raked A-Pillar, sleek headlamps and those lovely looking wheels are certain to get second glances from the public.
If you’ve been in the City, you’ve been in a Jazz. As simple as that. The Jazz does share a lot with it’s sibling. The interiors are predominantly black with dull silver used as accents.
Once in the cabin, you’re greeted by a large three-pod instrument cluster. The cluster houses a tachometer, a speedometer and an MID respectively. The MID can be used to cycle through information like the temperature, time, current fuel efficiency etc. The blue backlighting looks fantastic and the cluster remains illuminated at all times.
The centre console is finished in piano black and houses a touchscreen interface for the music system. As the norm in the segment, this music system too comes with USB, Bluetooth and AUX connectivity options.
The controls for the music system and the telephony are placed on the steering wheel as well. A bigger touchscreen is expected to make an appearance on higher-spec Jazz’ soon. This touchscreen also doubles up as the screen for the rear camera.
The seats are a comfortable place to be in, both at the front and rear. The cushioning on either is adequate and you won’t be in any discomfort, that is for sure. It is key to note that the new Jazz is significantly longer than its predecessor. Honda has managed to liberate more room inside the cabin, thanks to this. The headroom, shoulder room and kneeroom is great at the rear bench. Underthigh support might be a slight issue though. It is much more roomier compared to a Polo or a Swift.
The boot is amongst the best in class, and with the rear bench tucked away, it can give most MUVs a run for their money with the boot space.
Speaking of tucking the rear bench away, the top-spec Jazz does get Magic-Seats. The rear bench can be flipped and folded in a number of combinations, making it pretty versatile.
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