Sporty yet refined: Honda Cars

Soichirro Honda once said, “If Honda does not race, there is no Honda”.

This obsession with taking Honda into every theatre of motorsport has filtered down to its production cars for decades.
Now Honda claims these ‘Sport Genetics’ have trickled down to the new Jazz.

From a looks point of view, there is certainly a sportier edge to it. Despite it being a facelift, the addition of a new “aggressive sport” design includes a new front bumper, sports grill, and rear spoiler, all of which aid in aerodynamics.

The $30,700 Jazz Crosstar, $36,700 Jazz RS, and $37,000 Jazz Luxe Sport, make up the range, and Honda’s 1.5L four cylinder petrol engine and e:HEV hybrid system have been tweaked to give 78kW. This is a 7kW increase over the previous generation. Now the electric motor produces 90kW.

Inside, the new Jazz is easily the most refined yet. All the familiar tech is here, and the fact my test car had the plush tan quilted heated leather seats was awesome.

These tweaks are more than skin deep. The revamped Jazz sports a sharper throttle response, and just feels more eager than the previous generation. It also feels sharper in the bends too.

With the new Jazz, it’s very much a case of business as usual, but with some welcome sporting additives.

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