The brawl in the premium hatchback segment has turned even fiercer with the launch of Honda’s BS6 Jazz. The Jazz is renowned for its spacious cabin and good looks but now the Japanese carmaker has bestowed its hatchback with some additional features which makes the whole package more modern and competitive than before. We hope to drive the BS6 Jazz soon to bring a detailed review forward. Until then, here’s all you need to know about the new Jazz!
The big change is under the hood where the hatchback will only feature a petrol powertrain. It will retain the 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit which does the job in the outgoing model. Honda has slightly tweaked the engine to make it meet the BS6 emission norms. The 1.2-litre unit produces 89bhp/110Nm and will be offered with a five-speed manual or a 7-step CVT with paddle shifters. Paddle shifters is something which we don’t get to see in this segment that much and will particularly please the people who want to drive this little hatchback a bit spiritedly. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine is rated for 16.6kmpl for the manual gearbox and 17.1 kmpl for the CVT version.
The BS6 Honda Jazz carries some segment-first features like an electric sunroof and LED illumination for the headlight, fog lamps and the tail light. Interestingly, there are new wing lights at the back now which light up vertically and have been placed on the C-pillar to connect the taillight and the roof. In terms of appearance, there aren’t too many changes except for a chrome-accentuated gloss black grille up front. There will be five colour options available – Radiant Red Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Golden Brown Metallic.
Top-spec trims will include features like Cruise Control, Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop system in both Manual and CVT. Boot space capacity stands at 354 litres and the driver’s seat is height adjustable. For the driver, the steering offers tilt adjustability and there’s a centre armrest too. Infotainment is via the DIGIPAD 2.0 which is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also supports weblink, accepts voice commands, and doubles up as a display for the rear camera.
Notable changes also include new fabric upholstery and soft-touch material on the passenger side of the dashboard from the VX trim onwards. Safety kit includes dual airbags which are being offered as standard across variants along with ABS with EBD, rear windshield defogger, high-mounted LED stop lamp, speed-sensing auto door lock, anti-pinch driver-side window and rear parking sensors.
Warranty and other details
The New Honda Jazz offers 3 years Unlimited Kilometres warranty as a standard benefit to the customer. Additionally, customers can opt for Extended Warranty for an additional two years Unlimited / Limited kilometres for extra peace of mind. The New Jazz now offers a competitive cost of maintenance with Service interval of 1 year/ 10,000km, whichever is earlier, and the 3-year Annual Maintenance Package at the time of car purchase with starting price of Rs 11,670 for three years / 30,000 kms, whichever is earlier.
Pricing and competition
Ex-showroom Delhi prices are as below:
V (Manual): 7,49,900; (Automatic): 8,49,900
VX (Manual): 8,09,900; (Automatic): 9,09,900
ZX (Manual): 8,73,900; (Automatic): 9,73,900
The updated Honda Jazz will continue to compete against the likes of Maruti-Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai i20 (updated version coming this festive season), Volkswagen Polo and the Tata Altroz in the premium hatchback segment.