Honda’s premium hatchback, the Jazz, has ticked all the boxes to score five stars from Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating agency. The car scored 36.58 out of a possible 37 in the crash test and emerged with a five-star rating. In terms of frontal impact, the Honda Jazz scored 15.58 out of 16 while it earned all 16 points in side impact.
The report suggests that the passenger compartment held its shape well in the frontal offset test (conducted by ASEAN NCAP). Pedal and steering wheel displacements were well controlled as well. Driver and passenger contact with the airbags was stable and all doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash, all doors could be opened with normal effort. The pedestrian test too witnessed acceptable numbers as the Honda Jazz scored 24.29 points out of 36. Points were gained in the central area of the bonnet and windscreen.
The safety mesh on the tested model include dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) as standard. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) also come as standard. Moreover, all Jazz variants come standard with reversing collision avoidance and emergency stop signal (ESS). The tested model of Honda Jazz was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in July 2014 and is expected to hit the Indian shores this year.
For India, the Honda Jazz will be powered by the 1.5 litre i-DTEC turbo diesel motor found in the Amaze, the City and the Mobilio, while it will share the 1.2 liter petrol motor with the Brio. A 5-speed manual transmission will be standard. However, the petrol variant can also be purchased with a CVT with steering mounted paddle shifters, making the Jazz the cheapest car sold in the country with flappy paddles.
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