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Shiva Shankar Shiva Shankar Saturday 10 September 2011

A decision that Honda should have taken way back, but it seems that now finally the ongoing price and model wars have compelled the Japanese major to revise the prices of its premium hatch, the Honda Jazz, and it has combined this with a facelift to the car. So what all does the new 2011 Honda Jazz promise? We took the insiders' look.

Honda Jazz



The new 2011 Honda Jazz's dimensions have not been changed from its predecessor. However, from the very first look of the car, one can easily make out the new changes that have been added in the previous model. The front and rear bumpers now sport an aerodynamic look, while the front grille has been changed to a bolder looking design. The outside rear view mirrors can now be electrically operated. 

Honda Jazz

Further, the headlights in the Honda Jazz have now been given a silver and black matte finish. The other features that complement this upgrade are body colored bumpers, alloy wheels, halogen lights and rear micro antenna. Though, only the X-version would sport fog lamps.Overall, the changes in the Honda Jazz can be termed as cosmetic. 


The interiors of the Honda Jazz have been revamped too. The glove box now has two separate compartments, one for storing general items and the other for storing smaller items like keys, sunglasses etc. The USB connectivity with the audio system is no longer a luxury feature as it has become standard with all the variants.

Honda Jazz

“Magic Seats” do just a fine job in the seating section. The 3 way setting on this one helps the customer to shuffle between seating and utility purpose.

The new Jazz no longer fits in the niche class and the practical approach has been increased considerably. The upholstery also has been jazzed up with steering mounted audio controls, amber colored stereoscopic dials and its likes. The safety equipment ranges from ABS Antilock Braking system with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution System), SRS air bags, ECU immobilizer and the standard seat belt reminder.


The Honda Jazz has a 4 cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 90 PS@ 6200 rpm, and a torque output of 110 Nm@4800 rpm. The well known i-Vtec powers this new upgrade, which has been reconfigured for a peppy feel. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. The different variants offered in the car are Jazz, Jazz Select and Jazz X, while colour options available on this are Tafeeta white, Crystal Black, Rallye Red, Urban Titanium and Alabaster silver.

Honda Jazz

The new Jazz promises an efficiency of 16.7 KMPL. Honda vehicles have always been a delight to drive. The new Jazz takes the same responsibility further. The new heart makes it extremely easy to maneuver. I experienced an impressive power and acceleration in the new version, and reaching the 100 kmph mark is no longer a task with this upgrade.

The suspension on the new Jazz is quite impressive which makes the driving smooth and an enjoyable experience. Features such as auto volume by speed, instrument cluster design and readings such as distance to empty serve added advantages.

Stay tuned for a more extensive analysis of the Jazz's drive.


Tech specs
Technical Specifications
Make Honda
Model Jazz
Variant X MT
Engine Capacity 1.2
Max Power (PS) 90
Torque (NM) 110
Gears 5/M
Power Steering Yes
Power windows Yes
Central locking Yes
A/C Yes
Music system Yes
Fog Lamps Yes
Rear wind shield washer Yes
Defogger Yes
Airbag 2
Average fuel efficiency 16
Ex showroom Price Mumbai (lacs) 6.1
Features STD MT Select X MT
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
A/C Yes Yes Yes
Music system Yes Yes Yes
Fog Lamps No No Yes
Rear wind shield washer Yes Yes Yes
Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable RVM No No Yes
Alloy wheels Yes Yes Sporty
Driver seat height adjuster No No Yes
ABS with EBD Yes Yes Yes
Dual Airbag Yes Yes Yes
Interior colour Beige/Black Beige/Black Blue/Black
Reclining rear seat No No Yes
Halogen Lights Yes Yes Yes
Distance to empty Yes Yes Yes
Front grille Black Chrome Body colour
Petrol Yes Yes Yes
Exshowroom Bangalore 564000 589000 613000
Maruti Suzuki
Etios Liva
Variant X MT Zxi VX 1.2L highline Titanium 1.2 LT
Engine Capacity 1.2L 1.3L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L
Max Power (PS) 90 88 80 75 71 80.5
Torque (NM) 110 113 10 110 102 108
Gears 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fog Lamps Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Rear wind shield washer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Defogger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional
Airbag 2 2 2 2 2 Optional
Average fuel efficiency 16 14.5 18 14 14 15
Ex showroom Price Mumbai (lacs) 6.1 5.78 5.97 5.82 4.84 4.96

With its new Jazz, Honda offers the best of features and a quality performance engine with aerodynamic designs and interior qualities. With its new pricing, the Jazz is now a potent competitor in its segment.

Thus, with its improvements and considerable reduction in price, customers who had  earlier ignored the Honda Jazz due to its price, should definitely check it out. And for people who are looking for a petrol hatchback, this might be your chance to own a Honda car! 

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