With 2018 came the arrival of the new Honda Jazz and Honda Jazz Sport. The sporty variant of the popular hatchback has replaced the Dynamic derivatives whilst offering a lot more at a reasonable price. The Honda Jazz has become increasingly popular in cities across the country, mostly for its easy to park size and noteworthy fuel efficiency. The Sport version is considerably more exciting, with styling and performance features that set it apart from the rest of the range.
While it may not be immediately obvious, the Honda Jazz Sport takes a few leaves out of its Type R styling book. This variant of the Honda Jazz has some subtle references to the iconic Civic Type R in terms of the aesthetics of the car. That is where the inspiration stops, however, as the Honda Jazz Sport is a lot more the conservative with regards to speed and power. It’s an excellent choice for city drivers though, who don’t necessarily need all the power and bulk. You’re pretty likely to catch a Honda Jazz in Durban, casually sailing through the hustle of the CBD.
The stats are pretty decent for the passenger vehicle however with a 0-100km/h time of just under 10 seconds. Looking specifically at the power you can expect about 97kW while torque pulls in at 155Nm. The 4-cylinder engine is rather impressive in terms of its durability and efficiency. The claimed fuel consumption is around 5.6l per 100 through most tests show a figure closer to 9l. Also worth noting is the standard Honda offering of a 5 year/200 000 km warranty, a 4 year/60 000 km service plan as well as 3 year AA Roadside Assistance, for that extra peace of mind.
Going back to cosmetics, the Honda Jazz Sport displays gloss black and chrome elements which accentuate the more aggressive body shell. The car also has a sleeker grille and slim LED headlights which feature daytime running lights as well. A little Type R flair comes in with the red pin-striping on the front splinter which goes well with the sculptured front bumper. A bold rear spoiler and 16-inch black alloy wheels finish the look.
On the tech side of things, we’ve got Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start, ABS anti-lock brakes (with EBD), Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist. The Honda Jazz Sport is equipped with all the smart technology that you never knew you needed. Safety is another high point of this Jazz derivative with rearview cameras, rear parking sensors, 6 SRS airbags, ISOfix child seat anchors and a body shell that has been designed to optimise safety in the event of a crash.
With the Honda Jazz Sport, you get that extra X-factor without comprising what we love about the regular Jazz. A small hatch with a sporty personality is what you’re getting and at a reasonable price point (compared to other cars in the class), you can’t go wrong.