An Even More Merry and More Dynamic Jazz
The Japanese car maker is often inspired by music, with models like the Prelude, Accord, Beat and Concerto. The most well-known is the Jazz, however. Since 2001 Honda has produced more than seven million units of the Honda Jazz.
The former tax laws of this island nations taught the Japanese to thoroughly use the full layout of a car body. For Europe, the Jazz shows exceptionally precise use of its space. A small car with 354-litres of luggage space really is a record, with intergenerational growth of 17 litres more. And the Jazz, like the HR-V or previous generation of the Civic, has rear seats with Magic Seats added, which means they can be tilted, thus allowing items up to 128 centimetres high to be carried. The centrally placed fuel tank is what enables this. And in the front seats, in the rearmost position, a space of 348-millimetres is left for the transport of large objects, which is 55 millimetres more than in the previous version. The Jazz is a thoroughly universal car.
Life has shown that reducing engine volumes is no cure-all. This depends on the method of measuring consumption, on the conditions of use and on the driving style, when the method of intake or the number of cylinders is manifested in consumption. An atmospheric engine has faster reaction to the gas pedal; it is more flexible, is able to go without vibration at lower speeds and has a wider range of usable speeds. Because the exhaust is not turbocharged, it has lower consumption at a low loading. Japanese car makers in particular did not remove the atmospheric four-cylinder engines from small cars. And the Jazz is now getting a new 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder that links with the Dynamic features.
The new machine has above-average output of 130 horsepower (96 kW). The engine is related to the smaller one, which continues to be used in the Comfort, Trend and Elegance models. The volume was increased from 1.3 litre to 1.5 litres by increasing the stroke from 78.7 mm to 89.5 mm. The intake valves have variable timing and stroke; the petrol is injected directly into the cylinders via multi-hole nozzles, and the compression ratio is now smaller, only 11.5:1 versus the previous 13.5:1. The Atkinson cycle has given way to a better dynamic. The maximum torque of 155 Nm is already available at 4600 revolutions. The six-speed gearbox has shorter gears from the third on, so the 130 hp is more dynamic. For example, acceleration to 100 km/h with a mechanical gearbox has been cut from 11.2 seconds to 8.7 seconds. The red field of the tachometer is beyond the limit of 6600, which is amazing and unique today in small cars.
The Dynamic is Longer and More Splendid
The level of the Dynamic’s features also varies on the outside, although the difference is small. The front bumper is more massive, extended by not quite three centimetres and decorated with a red band. The 16-inch alloy wheels are striking, while the seats are trimmed with orange thread. The Dynamic is packed with features for both comfort and safety. There is also Honda Connect system, with a 7-inch touchscreen and LED headlamps with automatic switching. The suspension, even though it is a sportier version, is not uncomfortable, even with dynamic driving it maintains its shape and cooperates with the driver. Fuel consumption depends on the method of driving and the dynamic engine pushing it. In practice, we drove at an average consumption of 6.2 litres per 100 km, which is a few decilitres more than a smaller engine, but it was worth it. We like the sound of this music.
Text: Martin Vasiľ, photo: Honda