Jazz plays similar tune
Honda’s latest baby car holds no surprises, writes JAMES STANFORD
YOU don’t have to buy a hybrid or a lean diesel to limit your carbon-tyre print. Baby cars that run traditional small engines don’t use much more petrol than either and they are considerably cheaper.
There are two types of these machines, the really cheap and the relatively cheap.
Leading the really cheap brigade are the Kia Rio ($14,990), Hyundai Getz ($13,990) and Holden Barina ($14,490).
The relatively cheap include the Mazda2 ($15,750), Ford Fiesta ($15,990) and ($15,990).
The top-selling Yaris slots in between both classes at $15,110.
Honda’s Jazz has been a star player in the pricier grouping since arriving seven years ago.
It proved many people want to
Swift downsize, but still want a Hondaquality interior and practical load space.
When it came to building the second-generation Jazz, Honda went for the safe option and made it much like the first.
It has a range of improvements and a new body, but the new Jazz uses the same recipe as the previous model and keeps the same entry price of $15,990.
It even looks similar to the previous model, which Honda says struck a chord with female buyers, who liked the cute styling. Honda has revised both engines. The base 1.3-litre engine has two extra valves a cylinder, taking it to four, which allows it to rev-out more happily.
It now produces 12kW more for a total of 73kW, an excellent yield for such a small engine and 127Nm (up 8Nm).
A manual Jazz running this engine uses 5.8 litres/100km, which is a respectable number.
The 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine generates 7kW more than previously for a total 88kW and 145Nm (up 2Nm). It uses 6.4 litres of fuel for 100km with a manual.
Honda has done away with the stepless continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The new automatic is a regular five-speeder and is a $2000 to $2330 option, depending on the model.
A five-speed manual is the standard transmission.
The Jazz is available with electronic stability control in many other markets, but it is not available for Australian models.
The base GLi Jazz comes standard with anti-skid brakes and dual front airbags, and the VTi and VTi-L add side and curtain airbags. You can add the airbags to the GLi for $1000.
Small and cute: Honda’s latest Jazz appeals to women.