Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC LX Review
Jazzin' it up

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
7 Jan 2009
 

With lesser tax and insurance to pay and better fuel economy, the 1.3-litre Jazz suddenly makes more sense than its bigger sibling in this current economic climate

Introduction

It is recession period now, and the prices of cars have substantially dropped – especially in Category A. And so you thought to yourself, “Hmm…maybe it’s time for me to get myself a brand new car”. If you can jolly well afford one now, you should go ahead and get yourself a new set of wheels. But if you can’t, well, maybe waiting a little more isn’t that bad either.

So you belong to the former, who after doing all the maths and sums are very sure that now is, in fact, perfect. At the same time, you want it to be practical, spacious, economical, hold its value well and most importantly, is stylish. And of course, it has to be a car that’s easy to manoeuvre.

The list of potential cars comes along, and in it you’ve included the Suzuki Swift, Mazda 2 and Nissan March. Now, the Suzuki Swift is the cheapest among the lot, but somehow it feels rather dated. And you strike it off the list. Then there’s the Mazda 2 – but you just can’t seem to agree with its outlook. It goes out of the list too. How about the Nissan March? It looks cool, especially with that bulbous shape – somehow it’s too feminine for your liking. Even that one’s off the list now.

What’s left then?

Wait…enter the Honda Jazz. Although you’ve seen its parallel-imported twin - the Fit - running on our roads already, the one via the official channel sounds like a reassuring proposition.

There’s the 1.5-litre variant to consider, but thinking of the extra cash that will cost you over the 1.3’s, makes you think twice. So what shall it be - the 1.3, or the 1.5?

 


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