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Honda Jazz 1.5 CVT Elegance

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And certainly, all that Jazz!

Honda has yet again improved an already winning recipe - the third generation Honda Jazz now features an upgraded design, additional features, and more intuitive technologies. It promises to provide practicality and convenience, and we believe it does just that with its abundance of cabin space and smart outlay. Although seen by some as a ‘mommy’s van’, I think Honda has given the newest edition a stunning new appearance, and, most importantly, enough oomph to back it up. It definitely has all that Jazz!

The Concept

Spacious and versatile, the Honda Jazz has the perfect characteristics to become a beloved family car. Add on a noticeably sporty aspect and an impressive fuel consumption, and it’s guaranteed to do just that! Perfectly balanced between athleticism and practicality, it will do well to add value to a mid-size family. An automatic transmission and plenty of driver’s aids means that it will excel in metropolitan areas, too.

The Look

To put it simply, the Jazz looks like the older, less athletic sibling of the Civic Type R. Short overhangs, a sloping roofline and smooth wheel arches give it a distinctively refined look and classic supermini physique. It has a sleeker and smoother appearance with muscular bumpers. The LED halogen headlights are equipped with Daytime Running and are complimented by a beautiful set of fog lights integrated into the front bumper. Perfectly framing off the front is piano black and chrome grille, which proudly displays the embedded Honda badge. 15-inch alloy wheels complete its sporty look with a confident road stance. I think its pleasing to the eye and won’t have any problems with catching a few South African hearts along the way. How can it not, with its unique sophisticated-meets-sporty design?

The Feel

The interior is comfortable, spacious and really versatile, thanks to the Magic Seats which allows plenty of adaptation and for you to transport just about anything and everything. With a button’s push or a lever’s lift you can transform your whole cabin - the rear seats can lift, fold and lock easily, and the 60:40 split permits you to create plenty of seating configurations to suit your unique requirements. I also found it has a lot of head and legroom, and even my beanpole husband didn’t see the need of sliding his seat to the furthest setting so that his knees don’t knock the dash. My two growing teens had more than enough room to move around in the back, too. A black and red design theme can be found on the gorgeous cloth upholstery, and the impressive 399-litre boot (883-litre when the rear seats are folded down) makes it a top-in-its-class vehicle when it comes to practicality. The driver’s seat is also comforting to sit in, thanks to luxury features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which can adjust in a tilt and telescope manner, and a leathered gearshift knob. Visibility is fantastic due to slim pillars and a specially designed windscreen which enhances the view all around - say bye-bye to blind spots!

The Features

The 5-inch infotainment display features software that is paired to an audio system and four speakers, CD player, an auxiliary input, a USB port and iPod connection. It also has an HFT (Hands Free Telephone) system as well as Bluetooth connectivity. I did feel that the system was a tad sluggish to use and didn’t feel particularly special, but it’s easy to navigate the menus and will definitely fulfill its purpose of providing entertainment. As it is a family vehicle, it comes standard with plenty of safety features for utmost protection and peace of mind, these include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), front, side and curtain SRS airbags, child seat anchorage, a security alarm with an immobilizer, central locking, an automatic door lock and selective unlock and remote keyless entry. Furthermore, it has an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body, which means the structure has been designed to absorb and divert stress of a head-on collision from the passenger’s compartment for further road safety. It also features cruise control, automatic touch-sensitive air conditioning, electric windows and electric side mirrors, which can retract automatically for utmost convenience and comfort for the driver to enjoy.

The Drive

This 1.5 iVTEC engine produces 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, which is more than enough to have you keeping up with the high-paced city living. Keeping in mind that it has a seriously sporty element to it, the 5.8-litre per 100km fuel consumption is amazing. I noticed that the suspension is rigid and can be a bit harsh when going over rough roads, but the 135-milimeter ground clearance helps to significantly soothe the driving experience. The automatic CVT transmission was highly appreciated in traffic and greatly enjoyed in sport mode, where the paddle shifters make the experience much more likeable. See how Honda has seamlessly balanced the vehicle so that you can enjoy all that it has to offer? I certainly didn’t think it would be a good decision to transform such a bulky vehicle with five doors and a massive boot into a sports edition, but Honda has done just that, and I must say that they have done an impeccable job which I am a huge fan of!

Where to find it

Visit www.honda.co.za if you would like to find out more about this jubilant Jazz today!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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