Jazz Sport fast, but still practical
HONDA Mzansi has launched the top of the range Jazz Sport, a model designed to offer practicality, handling dynamics and sporty design.
The design is set to appeal to buyers who want a standout, sporty design hatchback, with the Jazz Sport getting aerodynamically optimised style enhancements.
The front is Type-R inspired with a sporty bumper design featuring integrated fog lamps with black surrounds, a front splitter with red pin-striping.
A sleeker grille with gloss piano black and chrome elements sits between full LED with LED daytime lights.
On the side there are gloss black exterior mirror housings, 16-inch Berlina black alloy wheels and sculpted sill extensions.
The rear has also received a sporty R touch with a bold rear spoiler as well as a three-strake diffuser with an upper trim line mirroring the same red detailing as the front splitter.
The Jazz Sport features the renowned functional interior as seen on other models meaning the Magic Seat system remains a vital feature, and is central to the Jazz’s use of space and overall versatility.
The Jazz also has best in class legroom and boot space with 359 litres, which can be extended to 889 litres by folding the rear seats.
The Jazz Sport adds red stitching on the seats, armrest, leather steering wheel and sport pedals.
The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment systems (USB, HDMI, CD, Radio, Bluetooth) is part of the upgraded 6 speaker audio system with a reversing camera.
Also reminiscent of the Type R is the pushbutton start system and smart, keyless entry system.
Other features on the Jazz Sport include electrically adjusted and folding mirrors, multifunction steering wheel, height adjustable drivers seat, cruise control, air conditioning making the Jazz Sport a well equipped and comfortable place to be on long drives.
Driving the Jazz Sport is a new 1,5-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine sending 97 kW and 155Nm to the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. 0-100 km/h is achieved in 9,8 seconds with fuel efficiency claimed at 5,6 l/100 km.
On the coastal drive, this engine felt responsive whilst the CVT is best left to shift paddles unless you drive in the city or in traffic.
The suspension has been lowered and allied to the wider tyres, result in a handling package that is more responsive without compromising comfort, while uprated braking system features rear discs instead of the drums fitted as standard to other Jazz models.
The Jazz Sport retails for R310 000 inclusive of a comprehensive five-year or 200 000 km warranty and a four-year or 60 000 km service plan, as well as a three-year AA Roadside Assistance package. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.
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The bumper may look like it comes of a Type R on that lowered suspension, but the Jazz Sport retains its practical Magic Seat system to remain a practical, if more responsive, runabout in town.