Honda Jazz, new for 2008, is revealed with a whole new definition of compact spaciousness. The Jazz, known in some markets as the Fit, came into the market in 2001 and introduced a funkier, more practical dimension to the small car market. Such was the adoration Jazz received that it won Car of the Year in Japan and South Africa soon after. More of an evolution in design than a revolution, Jazz has grown in size. The new car retains most of the old car’s good parts, such as the magic seats that dive down with one action as well as the underfloor storage.
The new 90 PS 1.2-litre petrol delivers fuel economy of 5.1-litres per 100km average, and the 100 PS 1.4-litre does 5.3-litres per 100km, which are exceptional claimed figures. Both these engines are i-VTEC engines, but may not be confused with a Type R i-VTEC motor.
Interior has been improved as well, with things like a driver’s foot rest (never underestimate the importance of this feature!), i-SHIFT 6-speed automated manual transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a panoramic roof on the 1.4-litre EX model. The other “bigger car” feature in the Jazz is Shift Indicator Light or SIL which tells driver when to shift gears for the best fuel economy.