2014 Honda Jazz Test Drive – The Best B-Segment Hatch?
05 Dec 2014
The all-new third generation Honda Jazz was launched earlier this year, with better looks and features. No doubt, like its predecessors, the new Jazz is a very credible competitor in the fast growing B-segment hatchback market.
Not too long ago, the good people at Honda offered us a chance to sample the new Jazz on long sweeping highways and twisty B-roads. Before we move on to our test drive report let’s see what is new on the third generation model.
First and foremost, the new Jazz is longer in length and wheelbase compared to its predecessor, but the height and width remain unchanged. Despite the increased dimensions, the new model weighs less, thanks to the lightweight yet rigid body structure.
The 120PS 1.5-litre engine from the previous-gen model is carried forward, but in the place of the aging five-speed auto’ box is a new Earth Dreams CVT unit with seven-virtual ratios that promises to offer better performance and efficiency.
The tiny 1.5-litre four-pot delivers sufficient grunt to get car going, but it takes time. What surprised the most was the handling. When pitched into a corner, the third-gen hatch stays planted and composed. Body roll is noticeable, but it doesn’t become a barrier for your driving pleasure.
Even on speeds exceeding the official speed limits the new 2014 Honda Jazz feels stable and sees no problem in coping with hard cornering. Thanks to the excellent suspension setup by the people at Honda, we can say that this car has one of the best suspension balances between comfort and handling in its segment.