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New Jazz bigger, more efficient

2008-07-29 07:33
New Honda Jazz

New Honda Jazz

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Honda
Model Jazz
Engine 1.2, 1.4-litre, in-line four, V-TEC
Power 66kW, 73kW
Torque 114Nm, 127Nm
Transmission Five-speed manual, Six-speed automated manual
Boot Size 399-litres
Airbags Six
Honda’s new Jazz, arriving locally in October, has grown larger and less bulbous in appearance.

Bigger, less bulbous

The MPV-like B-segment oriental favourite has seen a 55mm growth in length and 22mm in width. Featuring a double bottom load bay which now accommodates 399-litres - without a full-size spare wheel though – the 64-litre secondary compartment is water proof and ideal for storing wetsuits or mountain biking gear.

Regarding the aesthetics, hiding the MPV bulk lines – especially from a rear three-quarter view – has seen a sharpening up of most styling elements. From the rear the neater glass surfaces are immediately noticeable as well as two distinct styling creases and restyled rear light clusters.

The interior features a redesigned ‘magic’ seat system, which should enable even easier manipulation of the seats for extra stowage space – rear seats can now be collapsed without having to be moved forward first. Safety is well catered for too with six standard airbags.

Efficient engines

Characteristic of Honda, both engines – a 1.2- and 1.4-litre - are V-TEC equipped and drive through either a five-speed manual or six-speed i-SHIFT automated manual transmission – the latter featuring steering wheel mounted paddle shift controls.

The smaller engine produces 66kW and 114Nm whilst returning combining consumption figures of 5.1l/100km. Customers seeking slightly more performance – particularly buyers at Reef altitudes – can look at the 1.4-litre V-TEC engine which produces 73kW and 127Nm whilst returning a frugal 5.3l/100km.

Manual gearbox models are further aided in their quest for optimal driving efficiency by the presence of Honda’s SIL (Shift Indicator Light) similar to that found on the new Accord, which provides visual prompting for optimal shift points to maximise economy.


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