The third generation model of the Jazz has completed a year of being on sale in India and since its launch, it has contributed around 26 percent to Honda Car India's overall numbers by clocking over 40,000 units in sales. To celebrate this, we came to Jaipur and tried to put some hands back on the Jazz once again with a fun filled experience.
We plan to take this ride to Samode, a town settled on the outskirts of Jaipur. Located 60km away from Jaipur, this place is known for its 475 year old palace with its opulence spreading all the radiance around, a fusion of Indian and Mughal architecture, such heritage edifice always reminds of the puzzled staircases they have, along with those massive rooms.
To feel the charm of the Jazz we parked it just at the door steps of the palace and undoubtedly it turned around heads too. The beguiling elements it has, includes black glossy grille, 15 inch wheels and at the rear integrated spoiler along with vertically hacked tail lamps, adding the Honda’s design language to its fullest.
While this car made its stance at the front, it reflected the emotions of its space. Yes the ‘magic seats’! We tested it in various modes, racing with time and placing bicycle, potted plants and even blanket with a pillow (not to be placed but to make a shifting bed in it)! We were off with the Day 1, I was thinking this is what makes it a total package so captivating. It is all about ride height, easy to drive with that light clutch and steering, and can accommodate five adults in its spacious inside.
On Day 2, we took Jazz some challenges in Jaipur through, where we drove it through the open highway stretch and whimsical roads of the city. We visited Amer Fort pass by Hawa Mahal and the famous Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar (LMB). These challenges kept our high with spirits, while the weather didn’t even mattered anyone as to what the city had to throw at it.
With this long drive and challenges, I really got enough time spent and get acquainted with the car. A good hatch to hop in for those long-ish drive, as you get those comforting backrest recliners, a good legroom space and never to forget the comfy ride with that air blow inside, but I did feel that the rear vents were missing even when the temperature outside was not that much, say 30°C. Though, the car is well planted on the road, but a bit bouncy at the rear is still negotiating.
While we all were on a cruise mode and the best way to enjoy was to add a touch of Pink Floyd track. Isn’t that a perfect way to drive? We drove a diesel, while I don’t think that we could drag in it the city, but it is good for those leisure drives with its 1.5L engine and 98bhp. Moreover, a massive 343-litre boot is a one of the major add on too, that can gulp those big luggages for weekend getaways.
Was there anything new that we got to know about it? No. But, this is a hatch that we recommend good for a family with that sporty look, and practically speaking with a good track record by Honda of its reliability.