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Review: 2019 Honda Jazz facelift, king of practicality (still)

Jerrica · Nov 22, 2019 02:02 PM

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And why not? Honda is already known for their class leading practicality and the cars are always packed to the brim with safety features and equipment.

The latest generation Honda Jazz came to Malaysia in 2014. A Honda Jazz facelift came along in 2017 sporting a new grille, new rear bumper, and the addition of a 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

But the biggest change in the Jazz facelift cycle was the addition of the Hybrid variant that slots above the V variant and has the power of a 1.8-litre engine with 137 PS to shove.

We've already tested out the Honda Jazz Hybrid's sister car, the Honda City Hybrid and discovered that we love the performance of the car, but the Honda Jazz we are reviewing here is the regular petrol 1.5V variant. 

2017 Honda Jazz overview

2019 Honda Jazz Exterior

Overall, the 2019 Honda Jazz is an eye-pleasing car. Available accessories that Honda Malaysia has to offer further adds on to the Honda Jazz's appeal.

But on our test unit, built quality appears lacking as panel gaps between the bonnet and headlamp were rather inconsistent. 

2017 Honda Jazz dimensions

The gaps measured at 3 mm at the narrowest and the widest at 6.5 mm. The paint job is consistently in the 100s of um, with the highest measuring at 127 um on the roof for better protection.

You get halogen lamps for headlights even on the top spec V variant you see here, while the tail lights get LED fitments.

2017 Honda Jazz exterior testing

2019 Honda Jazz Interior

Of course the winning part of the 2019 Honda Jazz is definitely the interior practicality. With a total of 18 cubby spaces of all sizes, you will be hard pressed to fill them all up.

Honda's popular Ultra Seats is of course available. And with a wide loading boot opening (measures at 104cm), the 2019 Honda Jazz can literally swallow your heavy folding ladder and still have room for passengers (Long Mode).

2017 Honda Jazz Ultra Seats

The Jazz's Ultra Seat also offers the option of a Tall Mode, so if you're looking to transport tall plants or bookshelves, you can just flip the seats up and stand the item on the floor. 

The mix of fabric and leather upholstered seats are cushy enough for a long drive though the rear seats can get uncomfortable at high cruising speeds.

2017 Honda Jazz tracking

Surprisingly, Honda has removed all the USB ports in the Honda Jazz facelift model, leaving only one on the infotainment system. This port merely trickles power and you won't be able to charge your phone if you're using your navigation.

But Honda did provide the car with a 12V /180W power outlet, so you will have to purchase an in-car charger for your charging purposes.

2017 Honda Jazz charging outlet

2019 Honda Jazz Infotainment

The biggest complain is the 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the 2019 Honda Jazz. The pre-facelift model had a rather well developed infotainment but the one in the current 2019 Honda Jazz feels like a downgrade.

Image quality and user interface are equally bad, and the touchscreen seem to have moments when it decided it has had enough and chose to begrudgingly answer only certain orders if it has been on for a little too long.

Honda Jazz 6.8 inch infotainment system

2019 Honda Jazz Driving Performance

The 2019 Honda Jazz's 1.5-litre 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC is the most powerful in its class with 120 PS and 145 Nm. 

2017 Honda Jazz gearshift

Honda's CVT is the smoothest you can get, and in the 2019 Honda Jazz, it didn't disappoint. So the car is an easy option to drive within the confines of a city traffic jam.

Body control is reasonably good and turn-in is sharp, but it's still not comparable to the Mazda 2.

2019 Honda Jazz 0-100km/h Sprint: 11.8s

2017 Honda Jazz testing

On the move Honda Jazz's 0-100 km/h (11.8 seconds) was found to be slower than the Mazda 2's 10.9 seconds.

2019 Honda Jazz Ride Comfort

This might surprise you but all things considered, the 2019 Honda Jazz is not the most comfortable car to ride in.

Of course, legroom is still aplenty but this is still a small hatchback, 6-footers will still find it tight behind.

2017 Honda Jazz head and leg room

2019 Honda Jazz NVH Test: 71dB at 110km/h

Given the suspensions are tuned to give you a comfortable enough ride, it is not enough to make up for the high NVH levels.

At 60 km/h, the Honda Jazz's NVH readings averaged out at 69 decibels, the number crept up to 70 decibels at 90 km/h and tops off at 71 decibels at cruising speeds of 110 km/h.

2017 Honda Jazz rear bench seats

The interior is not quiet at all compared to the Mazda 2's reading at 65 decibels at 110 km/h. This puts the Honda Jazz's reading at similar levels with the Perodua Myvi.

2019 Honda Jazz Fuel Consumption: 6.7L/100km

According to Honda's official numbers, the Honda Jazz's Earth Dreams Technology scores at 5.8-litre/100 km.

2017 Honda Jazz powertrain

But in real world terms, our test returned 6.7-litre/100 km. This number was achieved despite our aggressive push to test out the car for its 0-100 km/h and 0-100-0 km/h.

So all in all, the number is in line with Honda's promise of good fuel economy in all their cars.

2017 Honda Jazz side profile view


There is no denying that the 2019 Honda Jazz is the practical choice in the B-segment hatch group. Massive 363-litre boot space, stretchable leg room, Ultra seat configurations and a smooth CVT are just the numerous pros of the Jazz.

The 2019 Honda Jazz might be the perfect car for the city but at RM 83,633, the exterior built quality has left us wanting and the poor infotainment system disappointing.

Honda Jazz interior

Six airbags, Vehicle Stability Control and Emergency Stop Signal are all features that put the 2019 Honda Jazz ahead of its closest rival back when the facelift was launched. But now that the Toyota Yaris has arrived on the market with 7-airbags and even blind spot monitor, the car is beginning to look dated.

Even when compared with the Mazda 2 High (RM 94,670), the 2019 Honda Jazz seem to lose out in terms of in-car entertainment, what with the Mazda 2 being the only car in its class utilising a head-up display, while the GVC makes it more comfortable in the corners.

2017 Honda Jazz rear quarter view

Nevertheless, the Jazz is still the people's choice for a foreign compact hatch and is only 1 of 2 hatches that would still give the feature-packed Perodua Myvi a run for its money.

We'll still settle for this stylish Honda Jazz facelift over the new generation bulbous Jazz that was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 though.

2017 Honda Jazz competitors

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There isn’t a time in memory that doesn’t involve staring at cars. After discovering the excitement of watching Schumacher vs Hakkinen, Formula 1 became a major part of life. The love for cars and F1 ultimately led to a job with CAR Magazine. The untimely death of the magazine meant a hiatus from cars at lifestyle women’s magazine Marie Claire before another opportunity came knocking again.

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