2004 Honda Jazz 1 3 CVT Honest Car Reviews Philippines

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Jazz Reflections of the CVT Kind

by Jude P. Morte / Photos: P. Morte

posted July 10, 00:00

An earlier test on Autoindustriya.com featured the Honda albeit in a five-speed manual flavor. But variety is the spice of and in order to spice up the Jazz, Cars Philippines, Inc. was willing to let autoindustriya.com enjoy version of Jazz by offering a drive of its 1.3-liter continuously transmission (CVT) version of its compact hatch.

Outside in

The test unit produced by was in a blue hue, specifically Honda calls vivid Upon getting the unit at Quezon Avenue and driving it Quezon Avenue, Roces Tomas Morato and the various of Cubao, one immediately notices of people staring at the car. it’s the vivid blue the Jazz’s boy racer look to the optional styling package) or fact that it’s a car built for the traffic-clogged streets of Manila, people of all walks and take long looks at the

Bring the car into a college and the curious flock to enjoy a glimpse of Honda Jazz. In a curious student came up to the as he took pictures of the Jazz the UP campus and asked him various about the car. And it was just not any she was a freshman coed, recently from the Poveda Learning taking up broadcasting at the College of Communications and with a face and reminiscent of (model) Nicole The student, who introduced herself as Hernandez (no relation to the aforementioned was planning on getting herself a for her debut and apparently thought the author was the best person to information about the car.

Maybe he should have for information about her in return.

flirtation opportunities aside, object of curiosity for the Jazz is its Most Filipinos were not of Honda’s first hatchback in the Philippines — the EF and EG Civics primarily because the said gave distinct impressions they would not be able to large and often odd-shaped such as balikbayan boxes, luggage, potted plants and plywood pieces. But with the ULT (Utility, Long and Tall feature, the hatchback easily almost any type of large-scale

The rear seats can be folded or tumbled up to accommodate most of cargo.

Case in point: on a to the NAIA ( Ninoy Aquino Airport) to pick up a relative, the car to fit in a regular-sized balikbayan box, two travel luggage components the of a balikbayan box, a wheeled-type bag the size of a mini-refrigerator, the author and a passenger. Guess Honda joking when they that the Jazz allows storage of 1.8 to two meters of width in mode (when the rear are folded flat) and 2.6 meters of also in Utility mode.

The seats offer a grey-on-grey combination and are comfortable to the derriere, but a lot of improvement in lumbar support The author could never a great driving position for the of the test drive, but loved the way the seats gave comfort to his and bum. The dashboard layout is easily visible and requires no consultation of the owner’s manual.

the glovebox is small, a canal stretches from the driver’s door to the front passenger door, front occupant seat pockets and several within the interior are there to passengers with opportunities to all sorts of stuff. The cupholders in front of the a/t shift knob and one the e-brake handle) provide seating for a large-sized McDonalds cup, but won’t hold a mineral water bottle. The unit nearly rivals vehicles for their ability to constant blasts of cold and has huge knobs right at the middle of the center dashboard for easy reach of both occupants.

The Jazz’s silver-grey leather on the steering wheel and the a/t shift should be ditched, because it too much attention to themselves and out too much like a sore In fact, onlookers staring at the whenever it is parked claim the steering wheel and shift is the first thing they see coming across the interior. is no clock located within the or the instrument cluster, a detriment to the in a rush to go to work. Also, would do better if they get Kenwood as their OE head supplier. Why?

Because the of the Jazz’s in dash, single-CD head unit forces the to squint his/her eyes in to look for the correct button to And the placement of the fuel tank underneath the front occupants may your shotgun passenger, during rides for dates. The observed that front often complain of feet solid carpet and metal time they rode in the seat.

The ride

Driving the 1.3L CVT is a fun experience, due to the fact even the straight-four, 1.3-liter, (Intelligent Dual and Sequential 82 Ps and 11.8 kg-m seven-speed engine provides as much fun as its VTEC brother. But the crown of the Jazz (in terms of engine is its CVT, which gives you the of normal a/t driving or Formula One driving. Engaging the a/t in D (drive) is helpful in stop-and-go traffic, a nearly linear power and curve and no shift shock.

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On the other hand, engage the a/t in mode, and the engine response is better. Combine that the Steermatic feature and you can hang or out-accelerate compact sedans of displacement. All one has to do is press the 7-Speed button (placed at the four clock side of the steering and the seven-speed virtual gear (located at the rightmost side of the cluster, right beside the gauge) lights up.

Press the buttons marked as +(upshift) or on the three o’clock or nine positions on the steering wheel are highlighted in silver) and the shift indicator (a big M underneath the seven-speed gear display) lights up. you can do your best (BAR F1 driver Jenson) Button or Honda F1 driver) Takuma impression, but with the use of steering buttons instead of F1-style paddles.

This feature works when you have lots of straightaway in front of you; in the author registered 140 kph (in Steermatic and mode) with the Jazz on an (like 0700H early) to pick up a relative at the NAIA. that with the sharp of the Jazz’s electric power (EPS) helping out on sudden, turn requirements and one will little body roll and And if you miss a shift, the Jazz’s computer will do the shifting for Just don’t use the Steermatic whenever you wish to make a because it can be distracting.

If you wish to Steermatic, simple press the Mode button again.

In city driving, steering responsive but heavy at certain particularly when making in narrow, crowded streets. The is taut, but the rear tends to a bit more after exiting and crossing over road such as the bumps on the southbound of the EDSA-Shaw underpass. Maneuvering the through cramped streets is a thanks to its 2450 mm wheelbase, mm length and 1635 mm width. The brakes, although a disc/drum without ABS, bit quickly and hesitation as if one were driving an car.

And consumption is great; in fact the registered eight kilometers per on six days of city driving.


This is a car Filipinos can and should in love with. It is not surprising since its introduction last the Jazz boasts of over 900 sold. And that was just the version such as this test unit. Imagine if the VTEC version was also simultaneously during the 1.3-liter debut; most probably the will be able to give the Vios more than a scare.

And if you’re concerned price, this version of the is Php 672,000, a great investment for the yuppie, the middle management or the can-drive student who needs to a decent form of personal while simultaneously making a impression on his or her barkada and without a huge monetary headache for mom or

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