Honda Cars India has launched the refreshed 2018 Honda Jazz premium hatchback with a starting price tag of Rs. 7.35 lakhs, while the prices go up to Rs. 9.29 lakhs (prices, ex-showroom Delhi). The updated Honda Jazz continues to be offered for sale in India in both petrol and diesel versions. The Japanese premium hatchback’s petrol variants come priced from Rs. 7.35 lakhs to Rs. 8.99 lakhs. On the other hand, the diesel variants of the hatch have been tagged from Rs. 8.05 lakhs to Rs. 9.29 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new Honda Jazz facelift doesn’t come with any important exterior styling changes neither does it get any under the hood mechanical updates. However, the updated Jazz does come with added new features over its predecessor.
Honda Cars India has also revised the Jazz premium hatchback’s range, making the S trim the now the entry-level variant, while the previous base E trim has been dropped. The S trim is also now offered only in the diesel version, while the rest of the two higher trims, namely V and VX trims get both petrol and diesel engine options. The mid-spec SV variant has also been dropped.
In terms of features, the refreshed Honda Jazz’s base S model comes braced with features like 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, LED tail-lamps, a 3.5 inch screen integrated four speaker music system, steering-mounted audio controls, height adjustable driver's seat, a front centre armrest, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, rear defogger, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.
The now mid-spec Jazz V model trim gets all the above and adds the more premium features like 15 inch alloys, front fog lights, automatic climate control, smart keyless entry, steering-mounted call controls, a 5 inch touchscreen infotainment system which also serves as the reverse camera display, premium beige interior upholstery and a rear wiper. The diesel and petrol CVT V variants also get Cruise control, while only petrol CVT model gets paddleshifters.
The top of the range 2018 Honda Jazz VX model trim comes with the more premium features such as the 7.0 inch touchscreen integrated infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, electrically adjustable and foldable wing mirrors along with integrated turn blinkers, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, etc.
The updated Honda Jazz premium hatchback will be coming with 5 exterior body colour options, which includes a new silver and a red paint job. Honda has discontinued the very flexible Magic Seats feature on the top-spec model, which is sad.
There hasn’t been any under the hood changes. The same 90hp 1.2L petrol and 100hp 1.5L diesel engine choices continue to do the duty on the refreshed Jazz. Only the petrol gets a CVT automatic option (advanced CVT technology as per Honda India), while a 5 speed manual transmission is standard. The diesel motor gets coupled with only a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The Honda Jazz fights with the Indian premium hatchback segment ruler the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the likes. However, the Jazz is still more expensive than the Baleno and the i20.