Possibly the most popular Honda on our South African roads and the ultimate ‘mom-car’ now gets a new and fresh sporty model, yay! The newcomer will be known as the ‘Honda Jazz Sport’ and will now become the new flagship model in the range, replacing the current Dynamic derivatives.
Honda engineers have invested a lot of time into making the Jazz look sportier. They made it wider, gave it a lower stance and made aerodynamic inspired changes to the styling at the front and rear. Speaking of the front, it will feature a new sleeker grille design with gloss piano black and chrome elements, framed with LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and the front bumper will house integrated fog lamps.
Looking at the interior, there is an array of convenience features like electric windows, cruise control, automatic air-conditioning, Bluetooth, also, USB and HDMI connections and a seven-inch touchscreen display.
The boot capacity is at 359-litres and can be extended to 889-litres by folding the back seats.
The new Jazz Sport is available in a choice of seven vibrant colours: White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Shining Grey Metallic, Milano Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Skyride Blue Metallic, and Helios Yellow Pearl.
Under the hood, the Jazz Sport will feature the all-new 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, producing a maximum output of 97 kW at 6 600 rpm and torque of 155 Nm at 4 600 rpm. Honda puts the fuel economy at 5, 6 l/100km. It does (un)fortunately only come with a CVT gearbox.
Making this the ultimate mom car, there is a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features. The Jazz Sport will get ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), as well as Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). EBD), as well as Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Other features include, ISOFIX child seat anchors and an integrated alarm system with an engine immobiliser.
It should be noted that the Honda Jazz has been an overachiever since it first debuted in 2001 and has crept into the hearts of many since then. But just how did the new Honda Jazz Sport fare? The cabin was quiet on the open road, it felt light and there was really no need to be heavy on the acceleration. The steering was both responsive and sharp. The Honda Jazz Sport has done well to live up to the reputation, long live the Jazz!
Price and Warranty
The Jazz Sport retails for R310 000 – the same price as the Jazz Dynamic CVT it replaces, but offering a much more comprehensive package, ensuring superior value.
The price tag includes a comprehensive five-year/200 000 km warranty and a four-year/60 000 km service plan, as well as a three-year AA Roadside Assistance package. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.