Our man got his hands on a turbocharged Honda tourer for the weekend and it turned out to be a pretty exciting future option…
It is no surprise why they say that doing one’s passion as a job is like never having to work a day in one’s adult life. It isn’t a surprise then, that Wheels Asia is setting new media standards for many to follow, as we seek to provide solutions and harmonise the mobility issue here in Singapore.
As of late, we’ve seen the rise in demand for cars that are able to take up the role of ferrying the family, as well as bicycles to further close the gap for individuals who want to cycle at specific locations, but are unwilling to cycle the full distance down to their intended destinations. As such, the cars required for such a task are often associated with the likes of SUVS, since they are generally roomier, spacious and able to accommodate bulky items such as bicycles.
For the weekend, I had the opportunity to take a newcomer to the market, the Honda Jade RS, a 1.5 litre, turbocharged tourer; a first for Honda in Singapore on a few fronts. Firstly, it’s a tourer that looks to break the spell of the SUV onslaught and secondly, it possesses Honda’s turbocharged engine, something to finally break into the latest trend of downsizing engine capacity while retaining performance.
For the amateur cyclist like me, I cycle within the typical boundaries of Singapore. However for the yearning individuals who have many more years of experience, they might want to experience a drive up North to locations such as Melaka and Perak for the annual Century Ride. That aside though, the Honda Jade is one such car that breaks the tradition of relying on bulky, large SUVS to complete the job of ferrying people and bike.
The Honda Jade combines the outlook of a sedan and a hatchback with the space of a SUV, sans the outrageous ride height. This of course, provides great loading capabilities because of the spacious trunk space that can accommodate a full road bike without having to detach anything, with all the seats folded down. These seats of course, are easy to fold for quick loading, something that might come in handy during rainy days when one is parked in the open.
It is a cinch to load the bicycle onto the Honda Jade, thanks to its typical, vehicle height and hatchback rear access. Unlike SUVS where the boot clearance is usually higher, it is easier to lift a bicycle (not that it is all that heavy) to waist height, rather than to chest levels, making it less strenuous on your spine and shoulders.
As such, I joined my usual posse of cycling enthusiasts for a quick, 40km spin around Seletar. Packing the bike via the trunk was a fuss-free affair. In fact, if the bike was angled correctly, one captain seat in the Jade could still be used to ferry an additional passenger, apart from the front passenger; comforting to hear surely, should you need to ferry a family member, laden with bags of grocery back home from the supermarket after a typical cycling routine.
The Honda Jade was relatively zippy, thanks to its well-balanced, turbocharged