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Honda Jazz 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 23 2020 Share this blog

Honda entered with its 2nd generation Jazz in the hatchback market 9 years ago. The  Honda Jazz was a stylish, practical and versatile car that came with clever features and spacious interiors. But at the time of its inception, it did not come with a lot of features or variants. The competition soon caught up with the new products and hence Honda refreshed the 2nd generation Jazz and slashed prices. But Honda finally stopped the manufacturing of the Jazz in 2013. 

Red colour Honda Jazz Rear side profile

Now Honda is back in business with the new 3rd generation Jazz. With the Honda infused DNA the new Jazz is aiming to provide almost everything that an Indian customer is looking for in this segment. It has quirky looks, a lot of space on offer and a list of modern features as well. Its direct rivals are the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo with Maruti ruling the segment in sales.

The Honda Jazz is priced from Rs 7.45 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and this time around, Honda seems to have mended what was broken. Now you get 3 engine & transmission options, it includes a diesel mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a petrol CVT Automatic gearbox. In fact, Honda has launched the Jazz 1.5L diesel in India before any other market. This time around the Jazz is heavily localized as 90% of the manufacturing takes place within India. But with the competition offering more and more day by day, it's time to see how much of a chance Jazz stands in today’s hatchback segment.

What we like

  • Spacious Cabin

  • Excellent ride quality

  • Big 354 litre boot is the segment best

  • Easy to use and light controls

  • Practical & efficient engine options

  • First in class features such as feather-touch climate control, paddle shifters (CVT)

What we don’t like

  • Engines are not very refined  

  • 1.2L petrol has a weak bottom end

  • Automatic option not available in the top variant

What’s new in the Honda Jazz

  • CVT automatic transmission available with both the V and VX trims 

  • New Engine Options

  • Rearview camera

Honda Jazz Variants and Features

There are two engine options available with the Honda Jazz. The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre SOHC i-VTEC motor and the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre DOHC i-DTEC motor. It comes in 4 variants with the petrol engine option and 3 variants with the diesel engine option. The petrol engine basically has 2 root variants namely, V and VX which come with a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. The diesel engine comes with 3 variants namely, S, V, and VX. They only come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The S variant is available with the diesel engine option only, not the petrol.

Trim

S (only diesel)

V (petrol)

VX (petrol)

Price Manual (Ex-Delhi) in INR

8,05,000

7,35,000

7,79,000

Price CVT (Ex-Delhi) in INR

NA

8,55,000

8,99,000

Features 


Multi-Information Combimeter with Blue Illumination

All features of the S trim and:

All features of the V trim and:

Driver and front passenger Airbags

Rear washer and wiper

Turn indicator on OVRMs

Fuel Consumption Display/Warning

Outside Temperature Display

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

8.9 cm Integrated Audio with AUX-in

12.7 cm Advanced Integrated Audio with CD Player & AUX-in

17.7cm Advanced Infotainment System with Capacitive Touchscreen

Audio Control on Steering Wheel

One Push Start/ Stop Button 

In-built Satellite-Linked Turn by Turn Navigation

4 Speakers audio system 

Cruise Control (Only CVT)

Electrically Folding ORVM

12 V Accessory Socket

Auto AC with Touchscreen Control Panel

Voice Commands

Which Variant to choose?

The VX variant with the petrol engine option is the most value for money variant of the Honda Jazz. It is available for Rs. 7.79 Lakhs and gets a host of features like 6.2-inch touchscreen, built-in GPS navigation, push-button start/stop, electrically foldable OVRMs. For customers looking for an automatic option, they can surely opt for the CVT option. It is hard to recommend it as it costs a lakh more than the manual variant.

Also Read:

How well does the Hyundai Elite i20 perform with Honda Jazz around?

What answer does the Maruti Suzuki Baleno have to give?

What's there with the Volkswagen Polo that Jazz misses out?

Honda Jazz Engine and Transmission explained

Honda Jazz comes with two different engine options. The petrol one is a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC mill which powers the Brio & Amazes as well. It comes with an option of a 5 Speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.

1.2 L Petrol (MT)

This petrol engine produces 89 Bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, due to the lower excise duties on the 1.2L engine, Honda does not offer the 1.5L i-VTEC engine of the City here. Nonetheless, the engine is super silent at idle and offers decent performance.

The low-end performance of this engine is a bit weak and this has been done to increase the fuel efficiency of the engine. Due to the weak bottom end, you need more gear changes to keep the engine providing enough power in stop and go traffic. This engine feels weaker in Jazz than in the Brio & Amaze due to the hefty kerb weight and tall gearing. Torque output is weak on low rpms and this makes the throttle response feel a bit dull. Zipping through traffic then will require a lot of effort and downshifts. 

1.2-litre petrol engine bay of Honda Jazz

Once you take this engine to its mid-range performance gets better. The engine is very rev-happy and can easily go up to 7000 rpm but gets audible past 4000 rpm. Once on the highway, you would have to make the engine work hard to zoom past the trucks or slow-moving traffic. The engine does not feel underpowered but you have to keep it on the boil in order to get the most out of it. It can easily keep up with the fast-moving traffic on the right lane. What also helps is that the gearshift action is light & smooth.

Models

Honda Jazz

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Volkswagen Polo

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

Rs. 7.45 Lakhs

Rs. 5.53 Lakhs

Rs. 5.97 Lakhs

Rs. 5.87 Lakhs

Engine

1.2L i-Vtec petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.0L MPI Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

89@6000rpm

83@6000rpm

83@6000rpm

75@6200rpm

Torque(N-m)

110@4800rpm

115@4000rpm

115@4000rpm

95@3000rpm

On the comparison above, Honda Jazz has the highest power output of 89 bhp while the VW Polo is the least powerful. The VVT engine in Baleno, has better low-end power delivery than the Honda Jazz, making it better in urban conditions.

1.2L Petrol CVT

In order to lure more customers, Honda has offered a CVT transmission with the 1.2L i-VTEC engine. It makes the urban commute very easy and a breezy affair. The CVT transmission also helps to improve the petrol engine’s driveability. The throttle response is better than the manual variant and driving experience is buttery smooth. Club that with the light steering and manoeuvring the Jazz in the city becomes effortless.

The Jazz's CVT is more suited to the city than the highway and Honda has equipped it with paddle shifters. The CVT responds quickly to the paddle shifters. But still, it does not make the engine feel sporty in any way. The CVT just makes it very convenient to drive the Jazz within the city and that makes it a perfect machine for point A to point B driving.

How well does the Honda Jazz accelerate?

When it comes to 0-100 kph sprints the Honda Jazz is certainly not the slowest. The i-Vtec motor provides enough grunt in outright acceleration. The 2020 Honda Jazz loses out only to Maruti Suzuki Baleno due to the heavier kerb weight in 0-100 kmph run. But it is only 0.6 seconds slower than the Baleno which makes the difference almost negligible.

Models

Honda Jazz

Hyundai Elite i20 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Volkswagen Polo

0-100 KMPH

12.9 sec

13.99 sec

12.3 sec

16.00 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.2L i-Vtec petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder Naturally aspirated

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

The slowest kid on the block is surely the German counterpart VW Polo which takes a while to reach the 100kmph from naught. While Polo isn't the fastest, it does get one thing that we think the rivals miss out on and that's the character, the raw feel of power at your disposal (even though it's less, it won't bother you much).

Honda Jazz - Ride Quality and Handling

Honda has taken leaps in terms of improving the new Jazz’s ride and handling from the 2nd generation. The suspension has been calibrated well for Indian conditions and bumps and potholes don’t seem to bother the Jazz anymore. The suspension feels well-damped at low speeds and you won’t feel like you are riding at the back of a pick-up truck anymore. The suspension is not on the stiffer side anymore and the ride is plush and plaint. It manages to iron out most irregularities quite well and you will not hear any of those annoying thuds anymore. Ground clearance has been increased marginally to 165 mm but it hasn’t affected its handling in any way.

honda jazz ride and handling in city

The steering is pretty direct and the Jazz feels quite stable at triple-digit speeds. It comes with only tilt adjustment and no telescopic adjustment has been provided sadly. Within the urban conditions, the steering is light making the Jazz an easy car to park around. On the highways, it weighs up enough to make the car feel stable. The handing is neutral for the most part and body roll is kept in check. Hence, long journeys would not be a problem for passengers. The turning radius of 5.1 meters makes it easy to drive around in the city and tight spaces.

Does it Stop as well as it Accelerates?

The Jazz gets discs brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Its comes with ABS and EBD as standard. The bite from the brakes is sometimes very sharp and needs some time getting used to. The brakes perform as expected but there is a considerable amount of nose-dive under hard braking.

Model

Honda Jazz V

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

1042

1080

865

1015

The car stops in a straight line without much drama when braking from high speeds. The braking is surely better than some of its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno which does travel a bit farther than the rest to stop from similar speeds. Also, the early kicking in of the ABS does make the 2020 Baleno a bit unsafe over the Highways.

How much mileage does the Honda Jazz engine return?

In terms of the fuel economy, the petrol (MT) variant has an ARAI rating of 18.7 kmpl for the Honda Jazz. It is at par with the segment only losing by a big margin to the segment leader, Maruti Suzuki Baleno. You will be surprised to know that Jazz’s CVT  has an ARAI tested fuel economy of 19 km/l, which is more than the manual. Because of the tall gearing that's possible with CVTs, which usually have a good ARAI rating.

Model

Honda Jazz V

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Mileage (Kmpl)

18.2

18.6

22

18.7

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

40

40

37

45

Range (Km)

728

744

814

841.5

The Honda Jazz gives the shortest range of 728 Km from its 40-litre fuel tank. An excellent fuel economy helps the Baleno go farther than the Jazz on a full tank.

Honda Jazz Exterior Explained

The overall dimensions of the new Jazz are similar to the 2nd generation car. From certain angles, the Jazz looks like a mini-MPV. It manages to look a bit aggressive from the front. The length of the bonnet is smaller than that of the competition which makes the Jazz stand out in front of the 2-box design of the other cars. The sharp cuts and lines are a part of Honda’s new design philosophy which apply to the City as well. While the exterior design is not to everyone’s taste it is definitely not off-putting.

Honda Jazz looking magnificent in silver colour

Overall the new Jazz looks sharper than ever and we are glad that it doesn't have the excessive usage of chrome, like in the City.

Model

Honda Jazz V

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Kerb weight (kg)

1042

1080

865

1015

Length(mm)

3955

3985

3995

3971

Width(mm)

1694

1734

1745

1682

Height(mm)

1544

1505

1510

1469

Ground clearance (mm)

165

167

170

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2530

2570

2520

2469

The Jazz ends up looking a tad bit smaller due to the not so typical boxy design. It sure looks refreshing. But it could have done with wider profile tires which would have made it look even more appealing. The Baleno is the biggest car here in terms of dimensions, although, it doesn't carry anything special in the exterior styling but is still a better-looking car than the Jazz.

Honda Jazz Interior and Features

The interiors of the Jazz look very much like that of the City’s, which is a very good thing. Once you step inside the cabin you are treated with an all-black interior which is easy to maintain in Indian environments. The dashboard looks refreshing with extensive use of black piano plastics. It is a well-laid cabin and the fit-finish is decent for the most part, although you will be able to find some hard scratchy plastics if you look hard enough. Like some of its rivals, you would not get any feeling of cost-cutting from its cabin.

All-black Honda Jazz rear seating with headrests

The Jazz models which are meant for export get features which the Indian model does not and hence there is extensive use of dummy switches. The large windscreen, big windows and the front quarter-glass give Jazz’s cabin an airy feel, in spite of the all-black interiors. The driver and passenger seats are wide and supportive. The seat material is neither too soft nor too firm, it feels just right! This means that long journies will be very comfortable in the Jazz. Under thigh support and lumbar support also feel adequate.

Model

Honda Jazz V

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Coming to the rear seats, the first thing you will notice is the amount of leg space, which is spectacular for the segment. Seating 3 at the back will not be much of a problem in the Jazz. The headroom is also more than enough but the A-pillar is a bit fat which can make it hard to look around a corner or a junction. The ergonomics are perfect as everything is within an arm's reach. There are a total of 9 cup/bottle holders which makes it is a very user-friendly car.

Honda Jazz dashboard with silver inserts around black finish


There are feather touch controls instead of physical buttons for the AC controls which look quite premium but take some time getting used to. The piano-black panel around the ICE is tasteful, although there are reflections under sunlight and it attracts a lot of fingerprints as well.

Creature comforts on offer?

Honda Jazz offers some very useful comfort features. It is not a segment leader when it comes to features but it provides most of the features provided by the rivals.

  • Push start/stop button

  • Cruise control

  • Electrically folding OVRMs

  • In-built Satellite-Linked Turn by Turn Navigation

  • 17.7cm Advanced Infotainment System with Capacitive Touchscreen

  • Anti-pinch driver window

Infotainment system and Connectivity options

Honda’s Jazz gets a 6.2-inch touchscreen with audio controls on the steering wheels. The touchscreen ICE does not look flush with a dashboard and looks more like an aftermarket add-on. While the cabin is very user-friendly, the touchscreen interface isn’t. It's fairly quick to respond but the interface looks quite old. 

Honda Jazz 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen


The built-in GPS is very useful as it does not come with any Apple car play or Android Auto. The sound quality from the 4-speaker audio unit is clear and bassy.

  • 6.2” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Bluetooth, FM, AM

  • Voice Command

  • In-built Navigation 

  • 4 Speaker audio unit

  • HDMI and USB connectivity

How big is the Boot of Honda Jazz?

354 litres of Honda Jazz boot

No car in the hatchback segment can match the Honda Jazz in this department. With the biggest boot, it can easily digest all your weekend trip luggage and still have room for some more. Not only the boot is spacious, but it is also cleverly designed hence it is very easy to load up the luggage in it.

Model

Honda Jazz V

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

354

285

339

280

Honda Jazz is the clear winner here with its largest luggage carrying capacity of 354-liters. The VW Polo and the Hyundai Elite i20 stand neck-to-neck with each other in terms of boot capacity.

*Honda Jazz offers a segment-best boot capacity of 354 litres.

How Safe is the Honda Jazz?

With the Indian made cars like the Tata Nexon receiving 5 Stars in Global NCAP crash test ratings, the Indian consumers are becoming aware and sensitive towards the safety of a car. Just like most of the car manufacturers then, Honda Jazz comes with ABS with EBD and dual front airbags as standard. Honda has a long list of cars that have proven their mettle in terms of safety and reliability over time. Honda Jazz is not new to this list and does provide a solid reason to be a top contender to be called one of the safest cars in India. In the crash test conducted by ASEAN NCAP, Honda Jazz received a 4-star rating.

front airbags on Honda Jazz for protection


Safety Features

The Honda Jazz safety features on offer include:

  • Rear Parking sensors

  • Dual airbags

  • ABD with ESC and EBD

  • Speed-sensing auto door locks

  • Rear Backup Camera

  • Driver Seat Belt reminder

How does it fare against the rivals?

Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20

Blue colour Hyundai Elite in action
The Hyundai Elite i20 is one of the oldest cars in the segment and has been one of the main rivals of Honda Jazz since the very launch of the latter. The facelift of Elite i20 in the mid-2018 and the car also received some safety upgrades with its top-spec variant getting 6-airbag setup. The Jazz cannot match the i20 in terms of safety package or the number of features. The i20 also has a more premium feel to its cabin. The Jazz has better driving dynamics than the i20 and the steering setup is better than that of the i20’ss. Jazz is then more fun to drive, and a car which provides better performance than the Hyundai’s Elite i20


Honda Jazz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Blue colour Maruti Suzuki Baleno standing still

The Baleno is undoubtedly the queen of the segment in terms of sales. It has the most fuel-efficient and comes with a good set of features. It is also the biggest in terms of physical dimension and is backed by Maruti Suzuki’s extensive after-sales network. Baleno is lighter than the Jazz and retails for a much cheaper price. The Jazz manages to provide a better cabin feel than the Baleno and has a more powerful engine. The Jazz’s CVT gearbox also feels better than the Baleno’s and comes with the added advantage of paddle shifters.

Final Verdict

Honda’s Jazz remains a very practical and versatile car in its segment. It comes with a sweet CVT gearbox and has one of the best ride and handling package in the segment. It has faced a lot of heat due to the competition and has not been doing very well in terms of sales. Hence, Honda has decided to not bring any further iterations of the Jazz in the Indian car market. The current Jazz  is very spacious and is a perfect hatchback for the weekend trips. Honda surely needs to update and add more features to lure in more customers but you won’t find any current customer with many complaints. It comes with great driving dynamics and ride comfort. It’s a very reliable car which will surely not disappoint you if you give it a chance. Honda Jazz in a summary is then, jack of all trades but master of none.