The Jazz 1.5 is a really great car. Economical, spacious and versatile. The amount of space inside is really phenomenal given its petite footprint on the road. The equipment on-board is sufficient, especially when HID comes standard on this top of the line model. The ride is slightly less busy than its predecessor, but nevertheless still jolts around on minor imperfections on the road. The 5-speed automatic is quite rare in this class of cars, but it could have been more responsive, especially the +/- on the steering wheel which lagged a little after initiating a change in gear. And on paper the car produces 120bhp, but the acceleration is not exciting at all. Those looking for more urgent acceleration better look at the manual version or go for the Fit RS with its close ratio gearbox.
However, I did not buy this car because for all it is worth, this car represents poor value for money. The price of the top of the range Jazz was more than the least expensive Civic the last time i went to take a look at it. And for the same amount of money, one is able to buy better alternatives from the Europeans and Koreans. Blame it on the very strong Japanese Yen. I was shocked when I was told that the OMV for the range topping model was $23K. Things are slightly better now after Kah Motors reduced their prices across the board.
In comparison with the Suzuki Swift Sport, the Suzuki would appeal to those who put driving enjoyment above cabin space and versatility. The Swift is so much more fun to drive and feels a lot more energetic. You can really feel the 125 horses pulling the little car, and they are really there. However, the Swift is so short of legroom at the rear.
All in all, if the Jazz is priced $10K lower than what it commands now, I am sure you would be seeing a lot more Jazzs on the roads. Everyone wants a Jazz, but the Fits offered by PIs represent better value probably because they have a less comprehensive standard equipment.
Spacious and versatile interior
Lightweight steering great for city and parking
Sound insulation could be better
Plastic used could be better and more scratch-resistant
Are there really 120 horses?
exactly. i am comparing the jazz and the polo in terms of value for money. in the polo you get a lot of kit compared to Kah Motor's naked jazz. plus if you are upgrading from a korean make, i'll rather go continental than jap. take 2 steps forward and not just half a step. oh and continental does not include Fiat which is extremely cheap in europe and ridiculously expensive here. asdzds
Ya VW Polo is really value for money. Looks more sophisticated than the Jazz too. Depends on what an individual really wants though. If he really needs a flexible interior to carry bulky items, and enjoy the novelty of a skyroof and enjoys modding with aftermarket accessories, then he will go for the Jazz. But if he enjoys European engineering and sophistication, and is looking for a premium supermini, then the Polo is the choice. People who has driven a european car seldom will go back to a Jap make. I used to wonder, but now i know why. asdzds
Jason, I dont think Polo is this Cramp. My sis in law bought this car. Me and my wife can sit in comfortably, not what you claimed that it cannot sit 2 children. Hack, even VW bettle can sit me and my wife comfortably. Having own previous model of Jazz before, the back sit is almost equal in space to Jazz. asdzds
Jason, have you sitted in the Polo before? I have seen the sit at the rear seat, its anything but cramp. enough to sit 2 oversize adults with ample legs space. Dont be decive by its wheel base, the german engineer done a very good job in giving ample space to the leg rooms for their cars. asdzds
Jazz is all rounder for the hatch just like corolla for the sedan
Swift sport is the best for the hatch but a bit cramp at the back
Polo is the worst , don even want to test, the back seat cannot even sit children let alone adults..should extend the wheelbase IMO asdzds
I drive a Jazz 1.5 (I think you should know by now) so my response is not really to defend the car.
After driving it for a year and know some issues I would want to clarify somethings.
- About the 120 ponies. It will only kick in at 6500 rpms and while we are testing the car, be it at Alexander/:eng Kee and Ubi, both locations are not really helpful in unleashing the car's potential. More dangerously so when at Alexander, there's a bridge that TP like to set themselves up for speed offences (tip yeah!!)
So what happened was I went over to Pasir Gudang with most things stock (except for the rim+tires), I really push the car to the limit, even with a very aggressive setting on the throttle controller set at Max sports mode. I tell you the excitement from the engine really shows its true potential.
This car is in a way, hampered by the conservative throttle controller settings as it wants to ensure it keeps its FC king label intact. That's why the acceleration is less than satisfaction if one keep the controller as stock. I won't go into UNICHIP.
I was also shock when the OMV is 23K for the top of the line. But it is not entirely based on the exchange rate. Those extra 'OMVs' goes towards
- additional 2 disc brakes at the back
- some chasis strengthening via anti roll bar at the bottom of the car
- a sportier suspension than the Fit hence the gap between the wheel and the body is significantly smaller than the gap on the Fit as the Fit is mated with a suspension biased towards comfort. That explains why the ride is a bit rougher but not as bad is GD
- HID lights
- Climate Controller
- Stock radio/CD/MP3 Player rumoured to be from the top jap brands + FOUR speakers
- Tonneau/Boot cover
- Better NVH (Actually the sound insulation is a lot more than most cars in its class)
- Emergency tire
As for the Swift. I agree totally with you about the drive. I test drive the 1.2l. Pick up was horrific and so was the space (i am fairly big sized). And if we want to talk about the Sport, then I would have to let on that the Sports need RON98 to run because the engine has a higher compression ratio and 98 is needed to prevent premature ignition.
If we factor the cost of petrol, the Swift Sport is not that great actually and it is not exactly a good petrol sipper. So if we translate it to total cost of ownership, it may turn out to be on par or slight more than the Jazz. If we include OMV and the amount of rebates we can get back, the Jazz would have the edge over the swift sport.
As you have correctly observed, there would be more Jazz if the price is lowered and Kah has lowered it to a 'saner' level. And we have VW to thank because the manufacturer is dealing direct with customers and the result was the $63000 POLO that is a direct competitor to the Jazz.
But the Polo is smaller and the maintenance cost is not going to be cheap as it requires more electronic system checks at the workshop and there are not many places that specicialises in FULL conti cars maintenance (Star Black comes to mind).
My 2 cents asdzds
70% Highway, 30% City, Average Speed 33km/h
Duration of car driven:
This car attracts lots of attention on the roads. And it really looks expensive and eye-catching.
The car has a really weak gearbox, it's Achilles Heel. If not for the gearbox, the car could post a faster acceleration timing and much better fuel consumption.
The car is really in its element while cruising. Passengers have given the car the thumbs up for it's mile-munching cruising comfort. And it's really really peaceful and quiet and has comfortable seats.
So far no technical issues. This car has been promised by Peugeot to be their most reliable yet, and i believe engine wise shouldn't be a problem as it is a join-effort by PSA and BMW.
The car is rather leathergic from 1st to 2nd gear on light throttle inputs, but 3rd gear onwards it surges forward on its huge wave of torque leaving most cars in its dust.
A Honda Civic Type R (3-dr) overtook me on fine evening and I decided to play along. I managed to keep up with it and eventually ate it up with my superior torque. The Type R driver would have to struggle with the gear changing and keeping the enging boiling to extract every ounce of its performance, but not the 308 Turbo.
Overall, it is a really fine car. Too bad about the gearbox. But i never regretted the buy. Because I think it looks sensational and together with that strong engine, it sealed the deal for me.
Excellent build quality
Very strong torque from 3rd gear onwards
Very wide so lots of shoulder room
Excellent sound insulation
Poor AL4 gearbox
Average fuel consumption
I agree that the car is a head turner in terms of looks, but never expected it to do well in terms of performance. Interesting to see how the turbo is really perking up the engine, although at higher revs. A sprint booster might help extract more oomph, pity about the weak gearbox though. =) asdzds
OMG , 100k for these wierd looking car..140hp with turbo that come in only on third gear...i once try the 206..the door almst fall apart because of the weak hinges..still go big room of improvment i think asdzds
Similar cars tried:
Mitsubishi i, Fiat Punto Grande
Duration of car driven:
Test Drove Once Only
When my family went to the Peugeot showroom, the first thing i heard was a scream from my mum. "So cute!"
Ok, that's all. It's a cute car, and the dashboard looks nicer than the Mitsubishi i and Subaru R1 i went to see before that. Interior space is on par with the Mitsubishi but better than the Subaru. That little glass hatch at the rear reminded me of the Volvo C30. So we went for a test drive.
The 2-tronic is a clutchless manual, so there is very little loss of power compared to the manual version, unlike a full-fledge auto which saps up a lot of power. At low speeds, the steering's pretty weighty. I drove off from the showroom in 1st gear. I stepped hard. And the engine produced a very angry and sporty note. It's a delight. I did a U-Turn and the steering somehow knows that i am doing a U-turn and it became lighter! And i started accelerating again. The engine's a delight. The steering provided lots of feedback and you feel as if you are driving a go-kart.
At the end of the test drive, i came out with a grin. Yes, i've not had so much fun when i drive dad's car, a Honda Airwave. It reminded me of the go-kart i've driven before in Malaysia. The 2-tronic made the drive fun too as it's very responsive. Together with that engine note, i was really in love with the car.
Pity it's so expensive, with an estimated OMV of around $12,000.
Fun 2-tronic transmission
Angry Engine Note that is rev happy
Fun to drive!
Similar cars tried:
Renault Megane, Toyota Corolla, Honda Edix
Duration of car driven:
When the Honda Airwave was launched, it's skyroof option was the biggest attraction. And that very versatile interior with generious space made it a very ideal car for families. The 1.5-litre VTEC engine is strong too, producing 110bhp and 142Nm of torque, pretty good figures for an engine of this size. And great fuel economy too. Depending on an individual's driving style, you can get anything between 12.5km/L to 18.5km/L! For me, my average's 14.5km/L. The furthest i've done with a tank of fuel is around 600km, on 38L of petrol, which is almost 16km/L.
The car feels light from the traffic lights, probably due to low gearing for the 1st gear. And the engine's a delight, being very rev happy. My own 0-100km/h test freezed the stopwatch at 10.5sec.
The cabin's very versatile. I managed to put in a knock-down double bed from Ikea into the car, with 4 people squeezing inside. At least it managed to. :)
This car is great value and economical to run. This explains the growing sales. It's the 4th best selling parallel imported car, for a reason too!