2008 Honda Jazz | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

Now in the Middle East since the last few years, Honda’s Jazz supermini seems to be getting a bit long in the tooth. Visually unchanged from last year, the Jazz is in some  urgent need of a new tune – read that as a complete makeover in terms of style.

But there’s no denying the cleverness of its packaging and the capability of its 1.5-litre powerplant. Spanning 3.8 metres in length, the 5-door Jazz with its monoform style,  windscreen base raked well forward, and centrally mounted fuel tank is indeed a small car with a big interior.

Externally the Jazz may be the size of a supermini or upper B-segment car, but Honda’s Global Small Platform creates an unprecedented amount of cabin space for a vehicle of this size. Offering comfortable seating for up to five occupants, Jazz features an innovative backseat design of consummate flexibility that can be used to create either a  totally flat load floor or a second, independent cargo area.

The generous interior goes together with an advanced i-DSI (Dual Sequential Ignition) 1.5-litre engine that employs twin spark plug technology and compact combustion chambers resulting in a blend of dynamic performance (121bhp and 157Nm) and first-rate fuel economy. A 5-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front  wheels.

Interior of the is sporty with improved plastics. The central speedometer flanked by a tachometer on its left and fuel gauge on the right is located beneath an  independent binnacle for extra visibility.

No doubt the Jazz is a masterpiece of flexible design thanks to its external dimensions and the space available inside, but sadly it has been undone by its comparatively high list price – AED 49,000-54,000 – and younger, more competitive rivals including that from within.

There are rumours that this year will see a new Jazz for world markets being introduced although when it will manifest itself in the Middle East remains a mystery.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.5-litre 4-Cyl
Power121 bhp
Torque157 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 49,000 upto 54,000*

 

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris
Ford Fiesta
Chevrolet Aveo
Daihatsu Materia
Hyundai Getz
Kia Rio
Peugeot 207
Renault Clio
Seat Ibiza
Skoda Fabia

 

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