Jazz Sport fast, but still prac­ti­cal

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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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PHOTO: HONDA

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.

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