With space, fuel economy and brand equity as its strong selling points, 2015 Honda Jazz appears to be a potent contender on paper. You can find all there is to know about the upcoming premium hatchback in this article.
Dimensions: To start with, new Jazz measures 3,955 mm in length, 1,694 mm in width and 1,544 mm in height. Wheelbase and ground clearance stand at 2,530 mm and 165 mm respectively. Petrol variants have kerb weights ranging between 1,007 and 1,044 kg while diesel variants weigh between 1,062 and 1,066 kg.
The premium hatchback can gobble up 354 litres of luggage and has a fuel tank capacity of 40 litres. A 5.1 m turning radius makes it an easy car to drive in urban conditions.
Engine & gearbox: Petrol engine is the familiar 1.2-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder unit which is tuned to produce 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Transmission lineup comprises 5-speed manual or a stepped CVT with paddle shifters. Manual variants deliver an ARAI rated mileage of 18.7 kmpl while CVT variants are good for 19 kmpl.
Popular 1.5-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder unit is the diesel engine of choice. Like in City, a 6-speed manual transmission is employed to extract an outstanding fuel efficiency of 27.3 kmpl. Power and torque output stand at 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm respectively. Compared to City’s, Jazz’s 6-speed MT features 8% higher ratios from 1st to 6th gear for enhanced efficiency.
Suspension, tyres & brakes: 2015 Honda Jazz is suspended by typical McPherson struts with coil springs upfront and torsion beam axle with coil springs at the rear. Front discs and rear drums with optional ABS constitute braking system.
Higher variants offer 15-inch alloy wheels that come shod with 175/65-R15 rubbers.