HONDA South Africa is pushing a sporty theme early in 2018, and while the Civic Type R will dominate the headlines, the Jazz Sport makes for an interesting proposition in the compact hatchback market.
The Honda Jazz has a reputation for offering incredible practicality and versatility in its class. There is also generous specification and the drive wasn’t half bad either.
Honda South Africa has decided to jazz up the Jazz with a sportier derivative and additional power is always welcomed in the compact segment, particularly seeing as nearly all of its rivals have moved to torquer forced-induction motors. This new Honda Jazz Sport comes with an all-new mill, in the form of a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine. Pushing out 97 kW and 155 Nm, this Honda Jazz finally has some on-paper go. Power drives the front wheels through a revised version of the continuously variable transmission (CVT), now with paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. Honda claims its new Jazz Sport will break 10 seconds to 100 km/h thanks to its lightweight body, while consuming just 5,6 l/100 km.
It’s not just an uprated engine which signals the Jazz’s sporty intentions. The suspension has been reworked with new damper settings and the brakes have been revised. It also looks the part with a tweaked front end. There are new LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and some gloss piano-black detailing. There are some red pinstripe details dotted around the bodywork, while the bigger 16-inch alloys are painted black for maximum JDM effect.
There’s even a little boot spoiler which is more cosmetic than aerodynamic. The cabin is not as sporty as the exterior, with the only sporty touches being the red stitching and sports pedals. There are some vibrant colours on offer, such as the Helios Yellow Pearl and Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.
The Honda Jazz has been a pricey vehicle, but it is generously well-specified. A push-button start, keyless entry, six-speaker audio system, 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/HDMI connectivity and a rear-view camera are just some of the features available. Safety is well-covered. There are six air bags, ABS brakes with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The Magic Seats have been retained and you do have one of the biggest boots in class at your disposal.
The new Honda Jazz Sport is positioned at the top of the Jazz range and replaces the Jazz Dynamic CVT. It comes with a 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. Price: R310 000 — Supplied.