2016 Honda JAZZ | The Daily Star The 2016 Honda Jazz/Fit is a futuristic egg full of all good things eggs can provide
12:00 AM, February 10, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:51 AM, July 26, 2016

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2016 Honda JAZZ

When we say hatchback, we imply to the rear of the car being accessible from the back. Not always. The new Honda Jazz has taken the term to an exciting height- just look at it, it's an egg. There's no denying it, it sure does resemble one. But in all the fine ways. Eggs give us chickens and a lot of protein for the matter. So does the new Jazz.

How eggy is it? 

The side profile will ascertain its eggy-ness. However, it has an aggressive nose with the new Civic design language in the front fascia - brilliant job, Honda. Love those sporty DRLs by the fog lamps. The exaggeratedly sloped windshield blends on to an inclined roofline, which tapers down to the Volvo-ish tail lamps embedded along the steep C pillar. Like all past Jazzes, the fender walls are high, this time with raked shoulder lines to accentuate the butch Honda intended to make it. The sexy side skirts and flared wheel arches add macho flavour. 

Does the Jazz have the punch to go with the butch looks?

1.5 liter i-VTEC four pot mated to an automatic here. How non-exciting is that. But worry not, because some Honda gizmo named Earth Dreams ensured optimum efficiency of this motor - it throws out a surprising 128 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 and 4,600 RPM respectively. Mind you, the weight of this hatch is a mere 1,050 kg; meaning the power to weight ratio is very similar to Toyota's Starlet GT Turbo/Glanza or a non-VTEC Honda CRX. Which is pretty darn good. 

Them inside feels

Although Honda fan boys love it when their VTEC kicks in, there is no VTEC kicking in this little car for sure. But you can certainly kick in and chill inside the Jazz as there's plenty of leg room and head room alike. One of the notable changes made from the older 2nd generation is the slight increase in the wheelbase that stretched the passenger room up even further. The textured and contrast patterned fabric seats have the right balance of firmness and comfort to them. Nifty storages are all over the place for your convenience including hidden USB ports and front/rear arm rest. The best part of the cabin has to be the multi-foldaway seat options that you can tailor to your desire - from a suitcase to a sacrificial goat - you can carry almost anything. 

More on handling, specs, verdict on next page


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