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Honda Jazz
Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz-Honda has always been a prominent small car manufacturer ever since they saw a need for an efficient small car during the oil crisis of the 1970s. Naturally, over time, people wanted more than just a good fuel economy figure. Features & Equipment levels are dynamic since something new comes up every month or so. India has always been a ruthlessly competitive market for small cars and Honda thought that its Jazz, which was already a great success in many countries like the US & the UK, would cut the mustard for them in India. However, that is not what has happened since the Jazz is being regularly outsold by it’s much cheaper and efficient rivals. So to regain a piece of the market share, Honda has updated the Jazz to make it relevant for the Indian Buyers in 2020.

When you first look at it, it certainly seems like the 2015 model and you would rather question the salesman than what exactly is new. The answer would seem rather promising since it now has a full LED Headlamp and Fog Lamp setup with updated bumpers both front and rear. For a Segment first, it now features a fully electric sunroof which none of its rivals possess. Added to the list is an improved infotainment system with the essential Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The engine, however, remains the same but meets the BS6 Emission Policies. The 1.2 Inline Four delivers 90 BHP meaning a 0-100 time of an adequate 11 seconds with 190 KPH Top Speed. The power is channeled through either a 5 Speed Manual or a 4 Speed CVT with Paddle Shifters, again a segment first. The Jazz feels underpowered and slows especially it being a rather roomy car with brilliant interior space. It could certainly do with more power & a better transmission. Fuel Economy of 16 and 17 KMPL for the manual and CVT respectivelybegss the question of why would a person consider buying one?

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It is also the second most expensive coming behind the VW Polo but while the Polo seems worthy of paying a higher price, the Jazz is undercut by the Hyundai i20 and the Maruti Baleno in terms of performance, driving pleasure, and running costs. Some are even more well equipped than the Jazz. Nearly all of them are certainly more economical. What Honda needs to do is to get the economy right, add a bit more power and equipment, and price it right. It needs to capture the sporty feel their much cheaper Brio had. Or if Honda wants to achieve some impressive sales figures, they have to launch all-new Jazz since the design, like the VW is highly outdated. So far then, if I was in the market for a Premium Hatchbacks, I would rather consider the Japanese & the Koreans.

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