2009 Honda Jazz | new car review

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 by

The Jazz  was first introduced in 2001 is the smallest car in Honda’s product portfolio.

It’s also Honda’s volume seller and has sold more than two million units across 115 countries while gaining a lot of popularity mainly amongst young buyers. Usually Honda’s churns out a completely new design for its new generation models but the Jazz continues on the design theme of the previous model while improving on its weak areas. Clever packaging, roomy interiors, easy driveability, good fuel economy are all values which the new Jazz carries forward.

The 2009 Jazz is powered by the 1.5L i-VTEC engine that delivers 118hp and 145Nm of torque. This engine also features in the 2009 Honda City. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, a first for this segment. The new model has a new chassis, re-worked suspension setup and speed sensitive electric steering which make it a more spirited performer.

2009 Honda Jazz

The 2009 Jazz is also roomier than the model it replaces thanks to increased length and width. Handling has been tweaked by way of a longer wheelbase and wider track handling. The Jazz gets bigger wheels; 15-inch steel wheels on the LX and 16-inch alloys on the EX variant which not only improve handling and grip but also make the Jazz look good while filling it’s wheel arches well. The nose of the 2009 Jazz is now longer and the dashboard pushed further ahead to liberate even more space on the inside.

The steeply raked windscreen improves aerodynamics while also creating a bigger front quarter-glass which improves visibility and reduces blind spots while cornering.

2009 Honda Jazz

The 2009 model looks chiselled and more dynamic with the arrowshot design theme highlighted by the V shaped bonnet and grille, muscular bumper with integrated fog lights and large sporty headlights. The rear has an accentuated squat look with clear lens tail lamps and a deep boot which eases loading.


The interiors are also all new and include bits from the big brother Civic like the meaty steering with inbuilt controls for the audio system. The analogue speedometer, located in the centre of the cluster, features a large LED display which provides of a range of information, including current fuel economy and range indications.

2009 Honda JazzThe dashboard follows the sporty theme and looks good in all black. New conveniences include a new CD/MP3 audio system with USB, panoramic sunroof (option on EX) and a cooled glove box. Safety is adequate with dual front airbags, active headrests (front), ABS and EBDS as standard equipment. The new Jazz is also likely very fuel efficient and will deliver around 8.3l/100km in the city and up to 6.2l/100km on the highway. The car comes in two variants, the base LX and the fully loaded EX.


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
1.5 121 157 5A

Price Range (AED) 49,000–54,000


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