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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Engine

Engine Capacity 1339cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (73 x 80)mm
Power 100bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 127Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 92.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 170 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3900 x 1695 x 1525) mm
Wheelbase 2500 mm
Turning Circle 4.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1080 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs