Playing a more sporty tune — but does latest Jazz Sport hit the right note?
Honda has replaced its flagship Jazz Dynamic model with a Sport version and Mark Smyth has driven it
The Honda Jazz used to be a firm favourite in SA, selling hundreds every month, loved by everyone from school run mummies to runabout grannies and everyone in-between. Then the latest generation came along and the sales began to slow. Last year, Honda SA sold 1,237, a paltry number compared with a few years ago. The latest generation looks good, but it lacks the solidity of previous generations. Now made in India, the exterior chrome feels cheap, as do many of the interior plastics. It lacks the overall feeling of quality and longevity that the Jazz has always been renowned for. The Jazz used to be a car we would regularly recommend. We still do, but we recommend the previous generation. In an effort to improve the situation, Honda SA is bringing a bit of jazz to the Jazz. It has launched a Sport version to replace the Dynamic and it is built in Japan. A Sport version is not going to appeal so much to the older set but Honda wants to get back to luring people away from Volkswagen Po...