Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Hatchback Review
All that Jazz

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
13 Oct 2014
 

Introduction, Exterior

When it comes to hatchbacks, the Jazz is rarely far from anyone’s mind. What with its huge popularity in the UK and earning itself a Car of the Year mention in 2008, it’s hard not to notice. But what made the Jazz such a hit was that it does everything you would expect and more.

A modest frugal engine was used to power the tiny hatch but despite its small stature, the hatch had big potential. With a mostly cube shaped interior and flat folding seats, the Jazz could swallow a respectable amount of kit. We’ve even stuffed one with a full sized mountain bike once.   

 

Exterior

With the new car, Honda has expanded it even further.  The length has been increased by 55mm which means interior space has been given an upgrade as well. But from the outside the Jazz maintains its modest looks.

And despite the upgrade in interior space, the Jazz is still pretty compact at just 3,955mm in length and 1,694mm in width and 1,524mm in height.

The biggest change is in the front end where the new car receives a futuristic looking grille that sort of shares some of its design with the new Honda City. Some character lines accentuate the side profile of the car but overall the car retains its bulbous wedge shape from the last generation that gives it that large interior capacity. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1498cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Bore x Stroke (73 x 80)mm
Power 130bhp @ 6600rpm
Torque 155Nm @ 4600rpm
Power to Weight 123.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed CVT
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3955 x 1694 x 1524) mm
Wheelbase 2530 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1050 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs