Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k

Sanjay · Sep 11, 2022 04:14 PM

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 01

Fling a pebble at any random direction and you're going to ding the paint off a Toyota Corolla Cross or Honda HR-V. As plenty as they are, not everyone are keen on adding more of them on Malaysian roads and that's fair; the gaps will be filled by reconditioned cars such as this 2022 Honda Jazz Crosstar.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 02

And this is priced somewhere along the line of the two cars named above. This lightly-used unit has found its way into Malaysia courtesy of reconditioned car dealers, Prominent Motor Sdn. Bhd.

Crossover ambitions

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 01

This Crosstar is one of 20 variants bearing the Fit nomenclature, and like the 'Cross' in its name implies, it's styled to fit a more rugged character. A wee tyke it may look like, but it's got big boy ambitions, this.

Also read: Review: Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid - Come on HR-V, give it your best shot

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 02

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 03

On the outset it looks different enough to be its own model: unique front and rear bumpers, as well as matte black plastic cladding really gives it that 'off-roady' charm.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 04

This line of the Fit also have a conventional grille, unlike the 'regular' variants which have the closed-off, EV-like grilles.

Also read: Review: 2022 Honda HR-V RS - Sexy and practical, does the Toyota Corolla Cross stand a chance?

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 05

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 06

Unlike the Ness variant we covered yesterday, this Crosstar omits LED foglamps, but retains LED lights up front and back. Honda Sensing is standard, however.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 07

Variant-specific 16-inch wheels are fitted. This paint scheme is the two-tone coat of Surf Blue and black combo.

Also read: Widest range in the world - Only Malaysia's 2022 Honda HR-V come with 3 engine options, here's why

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 08

This Crosstar – likely the only one here yet – is powered by a 1.3-litre four-pot. It's not the e:HEV hybrid, so there's a dinky 98 PS and 118 Nm to make the best out of.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 09

Paired to its Earth Dreams CVT-type automatic gearbox, there's a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.2 litres/100 km. RON 95 will suffice, as the car needs a minimum E10/ETBE 22 grade petrol.

Also read: RON 95 and diesel in Malaysia expected to follow global market price in 2023

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 10

All-round disc brakes!

This particular unit is a front-wheel drive one, so not much in the way of exploring the jungles of Bentong. 4WD variants are available in Japan, so if you really want one, we bet recond dealers can help you out with that.

And much like its regular stablemate this was also a Red Dot Design Award Winner last year, taking home gongs in the Automotive Design category. What's that word again, "aesthetic?" Ah yes...

Also read: Condemned by Malaysians, 'too cute' 2021 Honda Jazz wins 2 Red Dot Design Awards

Less is more inside

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 11

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 12

We like the Fit as it is, and this Crosstar largely keeps what we love. But this is slightly less qurkier, with a more conventional grey/white colour scheme inside.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 13

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 14

General dash layout is the same, we love the Ioniq 5-reminiscent twin-spoke tiller, and the simplistic fantastic digital instrument cluster.

Also read: SEA countries dropping Honda Jazz for City Hatchback, except Singapore, why?

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 15

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 16

Yes. This Gathers. Photo credits to Opera Performance

The headunit's a little basic – not the fancy fold-out system in the other Fit – and won't jive well with Malaysian radio frequencies. Prominent Motor says they can sort that out for you with a regular Android-based player, but protip: keep the Gathers' unit for yourself.

It can make you a quick buck on the second-hand market, but don't say we told you...

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 17

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 18

No leather seats mind, water-resistant fabric only, at least on this variant.

Also read: Review: 2022 Honda City Hatchback - X50 money for a 'small car', but it's big on value

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 19

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 20

You'll also get manual seat adjustments, a single-zone air-cond (same panel as the City/HR-V/Civic) but no armrest nor storage cubby down the middle. It helps with the minimalist aesthetic, but it just feels a little empty.

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 21

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 22

It's a crafty cabin that also has Honda's iconic Ultra Seats, so what it lacks in ferrying passengers it'll do good in carrying strangely shaped furniture. That's not saying it's cramped though, sitting at the back we'd reckon there's about two tennis balls' worth of legroom.

Also read: 2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 S: Corolla Cross fighter undercuts it in price, not value

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 23

Yup, we pushed the big red button, and had some numbers read out to us. Probably woke up a Japanese policeman back home

Corolla Cross, HR-V too plebian? Stun your friends with the JDM Honda Jazz Crosstar, yours from RM 129k 24

ETC toll reader is distinctively Japanese

In a world where red R badges are continually social distancing away from the masses, we think it's the JDM city-car era now. Halo sports cars are one thing, but small city cars like these carry their own cachet too. Just look at the turbo'd City of yore and how they've appreciated.

Also read: Video: 40 years ago, this Honda City Turbo 2 predicted the future

If you want a piece of the pie, this almost-new unit (1,190 km at the time of writing) can be yours for RM 129,700. Details here.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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