Honda Jazz : probably not a good option
Lack of simple practicality is killing it.
Honda Jazz has recently got its BS6 update and it is now available only with a 1.2 litre Petrol engine and you can opt it with CVT or manual transmission. In India, Jazz is known as a premium hatchback. And if you notice the pricing of this car, you will find that its base variant starts at 7.5 lacs while 2 of its rivals, Baleno and Altroz in their top variants cost around 7.6 lacs which means it is a costly hatchback. So in this article we will discuss how is it worth this price or not and which variant should you go for?
Base Variant V MT Price 7, 49,000
In this variant you will get useful and practical features like LED DRLs and tail lamps, rear wiper; washer and defogger, 15” alloy wheels, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, multi-view rear camera with guidelines, speed sensing auto door lock, day/night IRVM, all power windows (dr. side auto up/down with anti pinch), LED stop lamp, dual horn, immobilizer, cruise control, front armrest with storage, auto AC with touchscreen control panel, paddle shifters for CVT, tilt steering, power adjustable ORVM, keyless entry, rear parcel tray, cargo light, dr. and co dr. vanity mirror, 5” colour screen infotainment with 4 speakers, steering mounted audio and call controls, front seat adjustable headrests and driver seat height adjustment. You will also find premium touches like beige fabric door lining inserts, chrome finish on steering wheel controls; AC vents and outer door handles, gloss black finish front center panel and silver garnish in steering wheel and gear knob.
It can be clearly seen that this variant has got a lot of practical features and premium touches that we don't normally expect to see in a base model but as of it's hefty price-tag, it misses out some important and practical features like electric folding ORVMs, telescopic adjustable steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment, rear seat adjustable headrests and projector headlamps. These features are very natural to be expected in a hatchback that costs 7 and half lacs. So the base model is not enough practical at its price point.
Sunroof is available in the top variant and it is the only car in its segment to have Sunroof.
Mid Variant VX Price 8, 09,000
At a price increment of 60k over the previous variant, it includes practical features like a 17.7cm (approx 7”) touch-screen infotainment system, 2 USB ports, electrically fold-able ORVMs, push start/stop function, smart key and signature LED tail lamps. You will also find some premium additions like leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, soft touch dashboard, turn indicators on ORVMs and voice recognition.
Still it lacks projector headlamps, rear seat headrests and the telescopic adjustable steering wheel. Somehow the price increment seems quite reasonable and it offers adequate practicality and premium features. So if those missing features don't matter for you and just want a premium hatchback, then this is probably the variant to go for.
Top Variant ZX Price 8, 73,900
So here you pay 64k extra that adds electric sunroof with one touch open/close function, LED headlamps with DRLs and LED front fog lamps. The price increment in this variant is value for money but do remember that you are paying nearly 9 lacs for a hatchback that doesn’t get telescopic steering adjustment and adjustable rear headrests which is ridiculous.
We don't understand what Honda is doing with the Jazz. It is a 5 year old car now and rumor says that the new generation will not head to India (I don't know if that is official, comment if you know). So if they want to keep the Jazz running then they really need to take care of it and make it more practical besides making it premium. Customers look for practicality more than just looks and LEDs, and in this era of crossovers and SUVs sedans and hatchbacks are getting very little attention so Jazz seems to be in a serious trouble.