Honda's premium hatchback Jazz has always been known as a compact yet practical and reliable offering, sadly the sales figures have not been able to draw a story consistent with the potential. Now that the premium hatchback has received an update and comes equipped with BS6 compliant engines, Honda will be hoping that the facelift sparks a revival in the underrated hatchback's fortunes.
Among the many things worth discussing, variant bifurcation of the updated Jazz certainly happens to be an interesting bit. Through this article, we will discuss all the variants that are being offered with the new Jazz, all the good that they offer, and will also try and sort out any selection query that you might be facing if you have made up your mind to go for the Honda hatchback.
2020 Honda Jazz Facelift: Variants
The updated 2020 Jazz is offered in a total of three variant options, base spec trim V, mid-spec trim-VX, and top of the line ZX variant. Their pricing is listed in the table given below:-
Honda Jazz V
*All prices, ex-showroom Delhi.
Honda Jazz: Variant-wise Features Breakup
1. Honda Jazz V
Jazz V is the most affordable trim of the premium Honda hatchback, however, the price tag does not suggest the same, especially when pitched up against its rivals. The heavy price tag means that the Jazz base will not feel like an entry-level variant as it manages to get enough.
Exterior:- The base variant gets a gloss black grille with chrome inserts that gives the base variant a premium feel. Though it misses out on LED headlights, it still gets LED DRLs and LED treatment on the taillight, which is a great addition in spite of it being the entry-level variant. The chrome trim extends all the way to the rear profile and the base variant also gets alloy wheels, chrome outer on door handles, rear micro antenna, rear wiper & washer.
Interior & Features:- Even on the inside, the central console gets a glossy black finish, which again is a plush addition for the base variant. As far as features are concerned, the V variant comes decently loaded, some of the major feature highlights of the base variant include an audio system (5" screen) with CD player, FM, MP3, USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth connectivity, 4-speakers, steering mounted audio & telephony controls, automatic climate control, semi-digital instrument cluster, one-touch lane change indicator, chrome finishing on AC vents, rear defogger, day/night IRVM, dual horn, driver-side one-touch up/down the window, front seat adjustable headrests, height-adjustable driver seat (manual), cruise control, front center armrest with under storage, tilt-adjustable steering, paddle shifters (CVT only), electrically adjustable ORVM, both side vanity mirror, trunk light, map light, footrest, etc.
Safety:- Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear camera with guidelines, speed sensing auto door lock, seat belt reminder for front seats, high-speed alert, key off reminder, and engine immobilizer.
2. Honda Jazz VX
The mid sped trim of the Honda hatchback is priced at a premium of Rs 60,000 over the base variant, the price premium over the base variant is accompanied with the addition of a few more features.
Features (Over V variant)
Exterior:- The mid-spec trim in addition to all the design nuances of the base variant, offers rear LED signature wing light and turn indicators on ORVM. Taking the convenience up by further notches is the addition of electrically foldable ORVM.
Interior:- To give the cabin a more premium feel, the VX variant comes equipped with glossy finished inside door handles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the leather treatment extends all the way to the gear knob. Even the dashboard has softer touchpads insert on the passenger side, which comes across as a good addition.
- Features:- All the features that the mid-spec variant gets are feel-good features and will not carry significant importance as far as normal daily life commutes are concerned. These include features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, keyless go, push engine start/stop button Start, voice commands, 2 USB ports, steering mounted voice controls.
2. Honda Jazz ZX
To drive the creamiest Jazz variant home, you would need to shell out a premium of Rs 64,000 over the VX variant. Since it is the top-of-the-line variant, it comes decently loaded and manages to put forward a strong case for itself with some segment-first features on offer.
Features (Over VX variant)
Exterior:- Even the base variant is designed remarkably close to the creamy ZX trim, so the only major change on the exterior that distinguishes the ZX trim from V and VX trim are LED headlamps and LED fog lamps, interestingly DRL comes integrated with the headlamps, which looks much better than that of V and VX trim (the DRLs are placed on the bumper).
Features: The airy feeling that the cabin offers, thanks to the well laid out spacious interiors are enhanced further by the presence of an electric sunroof. This is a segment-first addition which means that the Jazz happens to be the only premium hatchback that gets the one-touch electric sunroof, helping it edge out its rivals by a significant margin.
Though Honda took its own good time to introduce the updated Jazz, it will not be wrong to assert that the Japanese carmaker was able to address the chink in Jazz’s armor and with the update, the premium hatchback manages to weigh pretty well against its rivals.
While the Jazz might feel a bit expensive when compared against its rivals, we still feel that the variant positioning is spot on and the price difference is perfectly justified by the addition of features in each variant over the lower variants.
According to me, the base variant is well loaded. Right from the design profile to the feature list on offer, V trim will not feel like an entry-level variant. In isolation, V trim comes across as a very decent package Remember that you still get the spacious interiors, a generous 354L boot space which is not only the largest in the segment but can trump some of the higher-priced compact SUVs and sedans as far as practicality is concerned.
While the base variant might appear to be the most VFM variant If budget is no bar, top-spec ZX can be a great choice with some segment-first inclusions on offer. It will certainly not disappoint you. Though if you want some feel-good features and cannot push your budget to ZX trim than you can consider buying the VX variant.