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Honda Cars has firmly established itself in quite a few global automobile markets. The company is famous for their brilliant fleet of cars with performance packed engines. Now it has finally introduced its much awaited hatchback, Jazz in the Indian car market. It is one of the most peppy and enthralling hatchback series, which comes with an aerodynamic body structure along with an attractive front, side and rear profile. It is being sold in both petrol and diesel engine options. Among them, Honda Jazz 1.2 S AT iVTEC is the mid range trim, which has a 1.2-litre petrol engine that can displace 1198cc. This SOHC based mill is coupled with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gear box that helps in delivering a decent mileage and good performance. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite efficient, which keeps it well balanced at all times. The spacious internal cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, a smooth dashboard with a lot of features and lot of utility based aspects. It also has an advanced instrument panel with various dials and meters for keeping the driver updated. This hatchback will compete against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto EVO and others in this segment. The company is offering this model with a standard warranty of two years or 40000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the buyers can also extend this period for one or two years at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
Starting with the frontage, this hatchback has an attractive radiator grille, which is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster. It is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. The smooth bonnet has a couple of character lines, which gives the frontage a distinct look. It has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air dam for cooling the engine. This air intake section is flanked by a couple of bright fog lamps that adds to the visibility especially in bad weather conditions. The windscreen is pretty large and accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers as well. Coming to its side profile, it is sleekly designed with flared up wheel arches that are fitted with a set of steel wheels. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The body colored outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn indicators. The door handles are in body colored, while its B-pillar is in black finish that enhances the look of sides. The neatly crafted rear end is fitted with a curvy boot lid that has a thick chrome strip and embossed with variant badging. It has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a pair of reflectors. The radiant tail light cluster is incorporated with reverse light and turn indicator. Its windscreen has a defogger along with wash and wipe function as well.
This variant comes in a dual tone color scheme, which is incorporated with a number of refined features for its classy look. It has a smooth dashboard that is equipped with a few features that includes a large glove box, an illuminated instrument panel, a three spoke steering wheel and AC vents. The cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are ergonomically designed. These seats provide ample leg space and head room for all passengers and covered with premium fabric upholstery. Its rear seat is split foldable, while driver seat comes with height adjustable function. It has chrome plated inside door handles and gear shift knob along with fabric inserted door trims, which gives the cabin a classy appeal. The company has given it a number of utility based aspects as well. It includes cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, grab handles, a 12V power socket and so on. It also has a spacious boot compartment of 354 litres, which can be increased with the help of foldable rear seat. All these features put together makes it one of the comfortable vehicles in its class.
Engine and Performance:
Under the bonnet, this variant is powered by a 1.2-litre power plant, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1198cc. This engine is cleverly mated with a CVT transmission gear box, which allows the vehicle to attain a top speed in the range of 150 to 155 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 13 seconds. This petrol mill is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using a SOHC (single overhead camshaft) based valve configuration. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 88.8bhp at 6000rpm in combination with 110Nm of peak torque at 4800rpm. This is incorporated with an advanced fuel supply system, which enables the vehicle to deliver about 19 Kmpl under standard driving conditions.
Braking and Handling:
Its front and rear wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively. This braking mechanism is assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding, especially on slippery roads. On the other hand, the front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while rear one has been fitted with torsion beam type of mechanism. This mechanism is further accompanied by coil springs for added improvement in journey. Its internal cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering system, which is quite responsive. This tilt adjustable steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.5 meters, which is quite good for this class.
This variant has an advanced infotainment system 3.5-inch display. This advanced music system comes with Bluetooth connectivity and supports CD player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in port and six speakers that enhances the ambiance. It has an efficient air conditioning unit, which comes with a heater and rear AC vents for cooling the cabin. Apart from these, it also has a standard multi-information combimeter with blue illumination, fuel consumption display, tachometer, illumination light adjuster dial, one touch lane change indicator, shift position indicator and many other such aspects for convenience of its occupants.
Safety and Security:
The list of protective aspects available in this variant includes ABS along with EBD and 3-point ELR seat belts for all seats that gives maximum protection to the occupants. Then it is also equipped with rear defogger, fog lamps, a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, driver seat belt reminder notification, day and night rear view mirror, key off reminder and so on. It has an advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm system that prevents the vehicle from any unauthorized entry.
1. Compact size is good for maneuvering on city roads.
2. Availability in automatic transmission is a big plus point.
1. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
2. Lack of front airbags is a disadvantage.
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