HONDA quietly upgraded its entry-level baby Jazz hatchback with 15-inch alloy wheels in early 2017, aligning it closer to its more premium siblings, but with an unchanged price tag of $14,990 before on-road costs for the manual, while the CVT automatic attracts a $2000 premium.
The only engine choice for the Jazz is a 1.5L inline four-cylinder producing 88kW and 145Nm. All variants equipped with the CVT transmission receive steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Fuel economy for the manual VTi is rated at 6.2L/100km on the combined cycle, while CVT-equipped models improve on that figure, dropping to 5.8L/100km.
All trim levels receive LED headlights and tail-lights, electrically adjustable mirrors, power windows, and 6.1-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity and controls on the steering wheel.
VTi-S and VTi-L models get automatic climate control in place of the VTi’s old-school manual air conditioning. Manual VTi models miss out on an outside temperature gauge, something all automatic versions get as standard.
The range-topping VTi-L is equipped with numerous luxury features for the extra $2700 over the VTi-S, most notably including keyless entry with push-button start and heated leather seats.
Speaking of seats, all models have Honda’s clever Magic Seat system as standard, allowing the rear seats to be both folded down and tipped up for voluminous second-row load space and ease of loading.
All Jazz examples include a raft of standard safety equipment including front, side, and full-length curtain airbags, earning Honda’s smallest car with a five-star ANCAP safety rating across the range.
That said, more recent safety enhancements such as forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are not available on the Jazz.
At the time of the VTi’s update, the Japanese car maker sang the Jazz’s praises as one of the company’s most popular models - a mantle it continues to hold in third place behind its Civic bigger sister with 4786 registrations to the end of May this year, and the HR-V small SUV with 4761 sales to its name.
VTi manual – $14,990
VTi automatic – $16,990
VTi-S automatic – $19,790
VTi-L automatic – $22,490