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The facelifted Honda Jazz continues to deliver the practicality, comfort and familiarity that has been its enduring appeal.

22 Aug 2018


The ever popular Honda Jazz has been around for quite some time now - the third generation model was launched back in 2014. Four years on, the model has undergone a light facelift in an attempt to keep the car modern and up to par with its competitors.

What's changed?

Not much, to be honest. The face has become slightly sharper and more aggressive thanks to the redesigned front grille and front splitter. You also get LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lamps as well.

The Jazz has a more aggressive face thanks to a redesigned grille and splitter

Beyond that, the car remains pretty much the same, which isn't a bad thing at all. After all, the Jazz is a reasonably well-equipped car for its price point. You get the ULTRA seats, which can be folded in a 60/40 split, as well as being folded entirely (with the seat bases folded up) to give you even more cargo space. The 363-litre boot can be expanded to accommodate a whopping 1,314 litres of cargo if you need.

Additionally, you get a 7.0-inch infotainment system, two USB ports, rear view camera, keyless entry, as well as cruise control. Hill Start Assist and the Vehicle Stability Assist system also come as standard.

The rear will comfortably accommodate three adults

Mechanically, the Jazz remains the same. This variant comes equipped with a 1.5-litre engine producing 129bhp and 155Nm of torque, paired to the Earth Dreams Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

How's it like to drive?

Well, that depends on how you drive the car. Drive it sensibly and it's good news all around. Power is sufficient, and driven with a light foot the noise is generally well-managed. Fuel economy is excellent (we easily managed 15.5km/L), and the steering is light, making for easy piloting. The ride is also forgiving and comfortable.

Get hard on the throttle, and the car is less rewarding. The noise from the engine is rough and not particularly pleasant and the CVT gearbox doesn't deliver the most sporty sense of acceleration. But we’ll have to understand that, at the end of the day, 129bhp and 155Nm of torque are transparently modest figures.

After all, this car is designed and set up for efficiency and comfort, and it does that well.

The 363-litre boot is still one of the largest in its class

Has it lost ground to the competition?

There's no getting around the reality that mechanically, the Jazz is an old car. And the cabin, while perfectly usable, is also starting to show its age slightly.

That said, the car remains a very competitive choice in the hatchback class. Where the Jazz still stands tall over the competition is its value for money. For $88,999 (as of 19th August 2018), you are getting quite a lot of car.

Physically, it's a fair bit bigger than its direct competitors like the Suzuki Swift and the Nissan Note. It's much more accommodating for a family of five, and is an effortlessly easy car to live with on a daily basis. And of course, there's the dependability and reliability that people associate with the Honda badge.

The Honda Jazz continues to be an attractive choice for buyers looking for a practical, comfortable and affordable family hatchback

And perhaps most importantly, it's a car that's entirely familiar to the typical Singaporean buyer, having been a staple on our roads since it first reached our shores in 2013. These factors will likely continue to draw buyers to the Jazz. 
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Car Information

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Price

: $84,999

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC

Engine Cap

:

1498cc

Horsepower

:

96kW (129 bhp) / 6600 rpm

Torque

:

155 Nm / 4600 rpm

Transmission

:

Earth Dreams CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.6sec

Top Speed

:

180km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.8 km/L

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