Johannesburg - Solid and spacious, but lacking any real emotive vibes, the Jazz has always been the ‘sensible shoes’ contender in the B-Segment, but this month sees Honda adding a bit more groove in the form of a Sport model.
Launched alongside the new Civic Type R in South Africa this week (and yes, you’ll soon be reading our driving impressions on that one) the Jazz Sport is more than just a styling and badging exercise - they’ve also given it more fizz beneath the bonnet.
It gets a more powerful version of Honda’s familiar 1.5-litre normally aspirated i-Vtec engine, which is good for 97kW at 6600rpm and 155Nm at 4600rpm (up from the 88kW/145Nm produced by the regular Jazz 1.5 variants).
Thanks also to a relatively lean kerb weight of 1066kg, the Jazz sport is able to dash from zero to 100km/h in under 10 seconds, according to Honda.
But while some buyers would no doubt expect Honda’s slick-shifting manual transmission in this one, the only gearbox option at this stage is a “specially adapted” CVT transmission, featuring step shift and gearshift paddles.