Without giving too much of the story away let me just say that the Honda Jazz CVT automatic is one of the best premium hatchbacks on sale in India, if not the best.
In the three months it was with us the keys of the Jazz were most sought after among our staffers. The car was driven over 3,000kms during this period and proved to be a very reliable, hassle free way of transport within the city as well as highway.
It really is a multi-purpose hatchback. The huge cabin and large boot means that it’s a great choice for long distance jaunts. Secondly, the CVT-automatic gearbox makes it a hassle-free car to drive around town. That along with the very consistent fuel economy figure of 14-15kpl adds to its desirability.
On a trip to Agra, we also discovered that the Jazz has good stability on the highway. In fact, it can easily outclass plenty of large sedans when it comes to overall ride quality. The suspension works in a no nonsense and quiet way eating away all the undulations from the road. The car also returns very consistent economy on highway conditions. We managed a very decent 16-17kpl, with the AC on and two passengers on-board.
Honda has done a very smart thing by introducing a torque-convertor on the Jazz CVT along with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. This helps the driver be better engaged in the driving experience and also change gears without any fuss.
The best part though remains Honda’s attention to detail of which there are plenty of examples all across on the Jazz. The bottle holder for instance on the driver’s side is placed just below the AC vent. This means that your water will remain cold even on the warmest of summer days. You will also appreciate the low loading sill for the boot, which means that you don’t have to put your back into loading heavy objects into this car.
Overall, if you are in the market for a reliable, hassle-free and no nonsense hatchback, then the Jazz CVT is a very good option out there.