The Honda Jazz came to us around the end of February. Since my daily driving distance is around 70km, I requested for the CVT-automatic variant. The CVT-gearbox with its rubber band like effect (where the revs rise but the engine takes a while to build speed) isn’t the most exciting car to drive in our long-term fleet but it is very convenient and simply doesn’t allow the driver to get tired. Excellent for bumper-to-bumper traffic.
We have the top-of-the line V-AT version which means it also gets paddle shifters behind the wheel. They do help in making the car a bit more eager when you want it. This version also gets reverse camera, which is excellent when parking into tight spaces.
The winters passed without much drama, but it’s only in the middle of peak summer here in Delhi that I’ve come to appreciate the Jazz’s well thought out cabin. Especially the positioning of the AC vent on the driver’s side. It’s just above the bottle holder, which means that you can keep your water bottle there and the throw of air will simply chill it even on the longest of journeys on the hottest of summer days.
The cabin is an excellent place to be in. Visibility is excellent, considering it is such a small car. Honda has smartly used beige fabric on the seats. This doesn’t allow the cabin to heat up and also gives a sense of airiness to the already mammoth cabin. Add to this the huge 354-litre boot and it’s easy to see why our camera team loves to this as a back-up car on all our shoots.
Negative logbook comments have focused on the infuriating touchscreen automatic climate control system, which isn’t intuitive to operate and can be soiled easily. Some negative comments also add that there are no AC vents at the back, something that its main rival the Hyundai i20 comes with.
The Jazz’s blend of fuel economy (we’re getting 15 kpl despite driving in peak summer in the middle of traffic), manoeuvrability, highway stability and overall comfort along with the huge boot continue to garner universal praise from one and all in the staff. If you only had to choose one car for the entire family and that car would never be replaced, the Jazz would easily make it to our short list from a select bunch.
As summer road-trip season gets into full swing here in the next few months, we’ll find plenty more reasons to love this smartly packaged small car from Honda.