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Honda jazz up the Jazz

Now in its third-generation, the Jazz represents a significant step up from its highly successful, and hugely popular, predecessor. This new Jazz combines Hondas new striking design language with enhanced interior space as well as technological and economical features. Honda wants to make this new Jazz cool…

Compared to its softer, more rounded predecessor this new Jazz just looks more dynamic. Honda wants to appeal to a younger market with this Jazz. They have gone to great lengths to improve the standard options list whilst keeping the prices down. In fact, the base spec Honda Jazz costs the same as the previous model yet has a few extra features.

With a streamlined front end, steeply raked windscreen and sculpted flanks, the new Jazz looks linear and more aggressive than before. I rather fancy the front end of the Jazz. I like the chrome detail in the grill. Honda showed us some images of the updated CR-V which also features a similar grill design. What’s more is that the Jazz has pronounced wheel arches, sculpted flanks and deep, chiselled character lines which add to its dynamic appearance.

This new Jazz is longer and wider than its predecessor. Length has been increased from 3900mm to 3955mm and width from 2495mm to 2530mm. This means that there is more space inside for things, such as friends or dogs, or both thanks to four different seating configurations.

However, apart from the improved space Honda has added a pretty cool infotainment system. The top spec Jazz models come with a flush-fitting, borderless seven-inch touch-screen display as the interface to the car’s standard audio system and trip computer, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free. However, it’s the presence of an HDMI port that really sets the system apart from other touchscreen-based infotainment systems. With an HDMI adapter cable, the port allows content from your smart phone, including music, movies and images, to be played back on the display. There are also applications available for things such as weather, news and even an app that tells you everything about your engine. Cool? You bet.

The new Jazz line-up in South Africa consists of seven models spanning two engines derivatives, two transmissions and four specification level choices meaning that there is literally a Jazz for everyone. Features such Bluetooth and airbags are standard across the range as well as a host of safety electronic safety features.

The most affordable Jazz will be the 1.2 Trend with 66 kW and 110 Nm is offered with a manual gearbox followed by the Jazz 1.2 Comfort, which is available with a choice of manual or CVT transmission

With the 1,5-litre engine producing 88 kW 145 Nm, there are a choice of four Jazz derivatives. The Jazz 1.5 Elegance can be ordered with either manual or CVT transmission while the range-topping 1.5 Dynamic offers the same two transmission choices, manual and CVT.


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