Honda Jazz 2017 pricing and spec confirmed

1 August 2017
, GoAutoMedia

Honda is recharging all its Australian models with fresh looks, uprated features and, in the case of the new Jazz, unchanged or modestly increased prices.

The Jazz puts on a new face for its model year 2018 version, changing the grille, bumpers, and wheel designs, while adding 7.0-inch touchscreen audio for all grades and built-in satellite navigation on the top shelf VTi-S and VTi-L variants.

Technology upgrades extend to bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights on the top-spec VTi-L.

The VTi-L adds paddle shifters, a six-speaker stereo, rear parking sensors, and climate control. (VTi-L variant shown) The VTi-L adds paddle shifters, a six-speaker stereo, rear parking sensors, and climate control. (VTi-L variant shown)

The three grade Jazz line-up remains, starting with the base VTi, offered with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission, and the automatic-only VTi-S and VTi-L. All come standard with Honda's new five-year, unlimited distance warranty.

Honda's pricing for the Jazz starts at $14,990 plus on-road costs for the VTi manual, matching the kick-off point of the outgoing model. It is also being offered with a driveaway price of $16,990.

Opting for the CVT auto adds $2000 to the price of the VTi.

The VTi comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, LED tail-lights, electric door mirrors, cruise control, black fabric trim, power windows, a 12V power outlet, four-speaker stereo, 'Magic Seats' and a multi-angle reversing camera, while 7.0-inch touchscreen audio replaces the old 6.1-inch unit.

The VTi-S mid-spec Jazz is now $19,990 plus on-road costs, a rise of $200, although it now comes with new 16-inch alloy wheels, a tailgate spoiler, LED headlights and a built-in sat-nav system.

It also comes standard with fog lights, 'premium' fabric trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, side skirts, and electrically retractable door mirrors.

Honda's flagship Jazz, the VTi-L, is now $22,990 plus on-road costs, an increase of $500, and as well as the aforementioned VTi-L additions it features paddle shifters, a six-speaker stereo, rear parking sensors, climate control and a leather gear shifter.

Buyers can now opt for a personalised 'Luxe Pack' on all versions. This adds black alloy wheels, door visors, bonnet protector, alloy pedals, carpet mats and a luggage tray. It costs $1498 fitted.

Wheel designs have also changed and there is a new paint colour – 'Phoenix Orange pearlescent' – to add to the six existing choices. All paint colours except 'Rally Red' are metallic or pearlescent, attracting a $495 premium.

Honda has carried over the 88kW/145Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for all versions.

The Jazz is the latest Honda to undergo a makeover or a complete model change. Honda last week released its all-new CR-V SUV and later this year will introduce the Civic Type R to the range.

Are the changes enough to sway you to a Honda Jazz over a Mazda2 or Toyota Yaris? Tell us what you think in the comments below.