2019 Honda Jazz Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2019 Honda Jazz Review

2019 honda jazz

The new Honda Jazz has become slightly sharper and more aggressive thanks to a redesigned front grille and splitter. You also get LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps as well.

Beyond that the car remains pretty much the same as it started back in 2013, which is not a bad thing at all. After all the Jazz is a reasonably well-equipped car for its price point.

You get the ULTRA seats, which can be folded in 60/40 split, or be folded entirely (with bases folded up) to give even more cargo space.

The 354-litre boot can be expanded to accommodate a whopping 1,314-litre of cargo if needed. Additionally, you get a 7.0-inch infotainment system, two USB ports, rearview camera, keyless entry, as well as cruise control.

Hill Start Assist and the Vehicle Stability Assist system also come as standard.

Rear seating will comfortably accommodate average size three Asian adults.

Mechanically, the Jazz remains the same. This variant comes equipped with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine producing 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, paired to the Earth Dreams Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

On the road?

Well, that depends on how you drive the car. Drive it sensibly and it is good news all around.

Power is sufficient, and driven with a light foot, noise is generally well-managed. Fuel economy is excellent (we easily managed 6.8L/100km), and steering is light, making for easy piloting.

The ride is also forgiving and comfortable.

Get hard on the throttle and the car is perhaps less rewarding. The noise from the engine is rough and not particularly pleasant and the CVT gearbox does not deliver a sporty sense of acceleration.

However we should understand that, at the end of the day, 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque are transparently modest figures.

This car is designed and set up for fuel economy, efficiency and comfort at a very competitive price, and it does that well.

The 354-litre boot is still one of the largest in its class.

Has it lost ground to the competition? There is no getting around the reality that mechanically, the Jazz is an old car. And the
cabin, while perfectly usable, is also starting to show its age slightly. Like the old fashioned air vent my passenger pointed out to me.

As for ride and handling, the Jazz is easy to manoeuvre in tight streets thanks to its light yet direct steering and compact dimensions.

It absorbs various bumps and lumps comfortably.

That said, the car remains a very competitive choice in the hatchback class.

Where the Jazz still stands tall is in value for money, our review VTi-S priced from $19,990 plus on road cost (extra $495 for Phoenix Orange paint), and you are getting quite a lot from this car.

Standard equipment includes premium fabric upholstery, front fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, an armrest console, a 12V socket, rear-view camera, AM/FM radio, LED tail-lights, manual air-con, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and also audio streaming, electrically adjustable mirrors, four-speaker audio, six airbags and
hill-start assist.

Physically, it is a fair bit bigger than its direct competitors like the Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda 3. It is much more accommodating for a family of five, and is an effortlessly easy car to live with on a daily basis.

And of course, there is the dependability and reliability that people associate with the Honda badge.

The Honda Jazz continues to be an attractive choice for buyers looking for a practical, comfortable and affordable family hatchback. And perhaps most importantly, it is a car that is entirely familiar to the Asian buyer, having
been a staple on the roads since it first reached our shores in 2013.

These factors will likely continue drawing buyers to the Jazz.

There is a five year/unlimited km warranty, transferable if you want to sell within that time at no extra cost.

Service is required every six months or 10,000km, which is a bit short by today’s standards, with the first three years of servicing costing a total of $1453 over six visits to the dealer – and that’s excluding additional items like the cabin dust and pollen filter ($45 every 24 months), brake fluid ($42 every 36 months) and CVT fluid ($147 every 36
months/40,000km).

How much does the Honda VTi-S cost? Price: $19,990 (plus on-road costs) extra $495 for Phoenix Orange

  • Engine: 1.5-litre petrol Front Wheel Drive
  • Power: 88kW at 6,600rpm
  • Torque: 145Nm at 4,800rpm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 6.8L/100km
  • Fuel tank: 40 litres
  • Warranty: 5 years/100,000kms