Perfection is what we all strive for, but there is always a room for improvement and this is exactly the case with cars. Cars keep bettering with mid-cycle updates and generation change. The case in point here is Honda’s premium hatchback that was resurrected in India back in 2015. While a facelift is underway, we drove the existing model in all kind of terrains to analyse its pros and cons. After testing the car for good two months, we bring you a comprehensive long-term review of the Honda Jazz 1.2-litre i-VTEC, where we discuss at length its positives and negatives.
Honda Jazz 1.2-litre i-VTEC Review
How is it on the outside?
Looks are subjective, and you may hold a different opinion when it comes to Jazz’s design, but we think it offers the most purposeful design in the segment. Although, it doesn’t appear sporty, edgy and elegant like competitors, nevertheless Jazz has been built in tandem with Honda’s ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ philosophy. What is amusing about it is that it sports smaller proportions (length, width and wheelbase) than arch rivals, Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno, yet Jazz offers maximum space to passengers.
Honda has missed out on daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloys that are available in rivals. Even the top-spec variant gets 15-inch alloys, albeit its gets some smart elements that inject sporty flair to the hatchback. The front features a black strip that merges seamlessly with the headlamps and lower down its gets fog lamps with well carved housings. Overall, it is a smart looking car, though Honda has missed out on some elements.
One aspect where Jazz has always been a winner is the build quality and safety. Honda has used a high-grade sheet metal for Jazz that also provides it rigidity, unlike some of its rivals. The thud sound when the door is shut testifies its superior build quality. Read: 2018 Honda Jazz Facelift – All You Need To Know