Jazz plays sim­i­lar tune

Honda’s lat­est baby car holds no sur­prises, writes JAMES STAN­FORD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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.

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