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Jazzed up: Honda adds athleticism to the Jazz lineup

Published: 13 September 2017

► 129bhp Jazz Sport joins the range
► Tweaks aim to keep it fresh
► On sale in the UK early 2018

Okay, so the unveil of the revised Honda Jazz at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show created less of a buzz than the amazing Urban EV concept. But it’s an important moment for Honda in the UK.

The Jazz is still a significant part of the line-up, and despite falling B-segment sales, it’s an established franchise that looks after the company’s loyal customers.

So, the facelift and other updates aren’t radical – it’s a case of tweak and refine, with lightly revised visuals, and the addition of a 129bhp i-VTEC that may well go well enough to keep the new Suzuki Swift Sport honest.

What are these updates you speak of?

It’s a case of subtle changes. The bumpers have been reprofiled with what Honda describes as more aggressive detailing. Hmm. From here, it looks little different. Maybe the addition of a new shade of blue will have the local retirement community jumping. Or maybe not.

Honda Jazz at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show

That 129bhp engine is potentially more interesting, though. At a time when Honda’s head honchos are talking about electrification, it’s good to know that serious investment in petrol is still occurring.

It’s efficient, too. Official fuel consumption figures are 52.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 124g/km with its optional (and lightly revised) CVT automatic transmission. Stick with the manual if you want to enjoy yourself.

There’s now a sporting Jazz?

Sort of. The new Sport model gets a front splitter beneath the grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper – both finished with a red pinstripe.

Honda Jazz Sport at Frankfurt 2017 - it's got 129bhp dontcha know...

There’s a Dynamic grade, too, that also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 16-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, it’s business as usual, with a couple of new trim options to keep things fresh.

When does the new Honda Jazz go on sale – and how much will does it cost?

You’ll be able to order the revised Jazz from November 2017, with UK deliveries beginning in early 2018.

Pricing is unconfirmed at this stage, but we’ll keep you posted.

By Keith Adams

Devout classic Citroen enthusiast, walking car encyclopedia, and long-time contributor to CAR

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