2007 Honda Jazz | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with, said Duke Ellington, American jazz composer, pianist and band leader in the mid seventies. That was then, until Honda decided to play a different note and change that!

A problem is a chance for you to do your best and when the likes of Toyota, Hyundai, and Chevrolet etc are your competitors, the chances to do your best become just a little more challenging. The Jazz might not look it but it plays a strong note in the mini car segment, partly due to Hondas all new i-series super efficient next generation 1.5-litre engine.

For those in need of some education, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC is an all-alloy aluminium inline-4 unit making 121bhp. It features a system that’s been around in high-performance Honda engines for some years; essentially, it uses only 12 of its 16 valves at low engine speeds but, as the revs climb, four more intake vales open to let the engine breath much deeper. A 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission are entrusted to propel this car.

Honda’s European and Japanese design teams collaborated on the Jazz. The exterior proportions show a strong European influence. The wheels are set out at the extreme four corners, which lends the Jazz the balanced, athletic look associated with European styling studios. The steeply raked windshield also contributes to the mildly aggressive look. Its only in the rear that the tall body of the Jazz fails to impress much.

Honda restyled the interior, slightly in 2006. The same is continued for the 2007 model year. The upper lip of the dash now features a CD/MP3 player with centre air-conditioning louvres right on top of it. There is also a large digital display complete with a huge round knob with switches all around for audio controls. The display shows everything to do with the audio system plus a couple more. The materials used are of high quality and the textures are rich.

Body Type
Price (in AED)44,000-49,000
Engine Size (litre)1.5
Power (bhp)121
Torque (Nm)143

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