Honda certainly has kept itself busy this year. The Honda Accord, City, and now the all-new Honda Jazz, and like the Honda City, Honda aims to up the ante in the subcompact segment when it comes to technology, design, driving dynamics, and safety.
The Honda Jazz is actually the first Honda in the lineup to receive Honda’s new design language called EXCITING H!!!, with the three exclamation points representing the design’s pillars, with each one meaning “High Tech (innovative spirit), High Tension (pursuit of a beautiful body structure and layout) and High touch (finely-honed surfacing and texture), that focus on overall pleasing human experience”.
Inside, the Honda Jazz also has a spruced up interior. A soft padded dashboard and “brushed aluminum” trim give the Honda Jazz a premium feel, while the capacitive touch panel climate control and Display Audio create a clean center console design that is free from buttons.
Like the City, the Jazz also raises the bar in cabin tech. All variants come with Bluetooth Handsfree and Telephone as standard. An HDMI port, meanwhile, lets your display your smartphone’s screen onto the Display Audio, letting you control your smartphone via the car’s infotainment system. Voice commands should further reduce distractions behind the wheel when driving. The HDMI’s screen mirroring feature lets your watch some videos too, but the system won’t let you do so if the car is in motion. Safety first, as they say.
The Honda Jazz also raises the bar in terms of safety. Part of the reason why there is a huge price difference between the City VX and Jazz VX is because the Jazz VX has more safety features, including Hill Start Assist, and Emergency Stop Signal, wherein the hazard lights blink aggressively should the driver step on the brakes really hard in order to warn the drivers behind the Jazz. Honda’s Multi-Angle rear view camera with dynamic guidelines ensures parking is a breeze, eliminating any blindspots that pose a threat when reversing. The Honda Jazz VX+ has a class-leading 7 airbags, ensuring occupants are safe and sound in the event of a crash.
Honda has ditched the 1.3 liter i-VTEC in favor of an all 1.5 liter line up. This means that a 1.5 liter model with a manual transmission is once again offered. Together with a longer yet lighter body, the Honda Jazz should be more stable and more fun to drive than the model it replaces. The 1.5 liter engine produces 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-Speed Manual or an Earth Dreams CVT with Torque Converter. Honda’s color changing instrument cluster called the Eco Coaching Ambient Meter dictates whether you are driving in an efficient or sporty manner. Honda’s ECON mode, meanwhile, ensures that the all-new Honda Jazz is consuming less fuel when activated.
V MT: P768,000
V CVT: P808,000
VX CVT: P908,000
VX+ CVT: P948,000