Own Correspondent
3 minute read
29 Jan 2015
2:00 pm

Class meets cool with the new Honda Jazz

Own Correspondent

The all-new Honda Jazz has arrived in SA. Combining a striking new exterior design with a more compact footprint, offering more interior space, enhanced interior appointments and overall efficiency.

This third-generation Jazz represents a significant step up from its highly successful and hugely popular predecessor.

While the all-new Jazz ups its game on almost every level, it also remains true to its core attributes of value and functionality.

Honda’s Magic Seat system, which has been a key feature of the Jazz from the word go, is retained in this latest, third-generation model and delivers a level of flexibility unique in this segment.

In addition, significantly enhanced rear legroom allows the Jazz to comfortably accommodate three occupants in the back.

Interior appointments reflect Honda’s focus on tactile quality, high comfort levels and intuitive ergonomics.

The dashboard layout has been designed to ensure an efficient interface between the Jazz and its occupants, while high-quality materials and finishes are consistent throughout the cabin.

An all-new monocoque construction links reduced weight to higher strength and rigidity, which allows substantial upgrades of the suspension and steering systems.


The new chassis accommodates a longer wheelbase, which benefits ride quality, directional stability and handling.

The new construction also incorporates Honda’s latest-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering front body structure, which has been designed to meet the most stringent crash safety standards.

The exterior styling is unmistakably Honda and reflects an expressive and athletic design that highlights both the contemporary style and the dynamic capabilities of the new Jazz.

Compared to its more rounded predecessor, the new Jazz looks linear and aggressive with a streamlined front end, steeply raked windscreen and sculpted flanks.

Short overhangs, a tapering roofline and pronounced wheel arches are further design elements contributing to an overall impression of dynamic poise and capability.

The new Jazz will be offered in a choice of six vibrant colours: Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Sunset Orange, and Golden Brown Metallic.

The new Honda Jazz is offered with a choice of two engines: a new, highly efficient 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine, and the tried and trusted 1.5 litre four-cylinder unit already familiar from the previous Jazz.

Both engines employ Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent variable valve timing system for enhanced efficiency and performance.

There are two transmission choices: a five-speed manual gearbox or a Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT).


Drive is to the front wheels in both instances.

The new Jazz line-up in South Africa consists of seven models spanning two engines, two transmissions and four specification level choices.

The most affordable Jazz will be the 1.2 Trend, offered with a manual gearbox, followed by the Jazz 1.2 Comfort, which is available with a choice of manual or CVT transmission.

With the 1.5 litre engine, there are a choice of four Jazz derivatives. The Jazz 1.5 Elegance can be ordered with either manual or CVT transmission, while the range-topping 1.5 Dynamic offers the same two transmission choices.

“The arrival of the all-new Honda Jazz is a milestone event for the South African market,” says Graham Eagle, Honda Motor Southern Africa’s director of operations.

“The Jazz already enjoys an enviable reputation for flexibility, safety, efficiency and quality. However, this third-generation model sets new benchmarks across the board.”

Despite its sporty compact dimensions, the new Jazz employs a longer wheelbase and intelligent packaging to create a more spacious and inviting cabin that also delivers further enhanced levels of versatility and flexibility.

“The new Jazz excels in all those areas, delivering an exceptional compact motoring experience that also reflects strong value,” Eagle says.