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
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.


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