The Honda Jazz is Honda Cars Philippines, Inc.'s entry into the widely-popular subcompact hatchback segment in the Philippines. Now on its third generation, the Jazz comes with a redesigned front grille, bumper, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and new alloy wheels. Inside, the new Jazz has a 7-inch touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth connectivity (available for V CVT, VX Navi, and RS Navi CVT variants). It also comes with automatic air conditioning, cruise control, and speed-sensing door locks, which provide convenience to both the driver and its passengers.
New to the Jazz lineup is the RS variant – a first in the local market, and probably something that enthusiasts, as well as fans, will truly love. The hatchback is also able to seat five people with ample space for luggage and accessories. With these traits said, the Jazz certainly is fit to every Filipino car nut with form and practicality in mind.
The third-generation Honda Jazz was launched in the Philippines in June 2014. It was an all-new model that was aimed to continue the car’s popularity in the market. This version of the Jazz bears the brand’s wing grille, while a new RS variant was added to the lineup for the first time.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Jazz sits on Honda’s Global Small Car platform, which is shared with several Honda cars. It’s powered by a 1.5L chain drive SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder 16-valve engine with programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI).This gasoline mill produces 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via the Earth Dreams CVT.
Upfront, the Jazz has independent McPherson struts with stabilizer while the rear is equipped with an H-beam torsion beam, also with stabilizer. Front brakes are ventilated discs while the rear wheels get drums.
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Honda Global Small Car
1.5-liter L15B Earth Dreams i-VTEC I4 (Gasoline)
118 hp, 145 Nm torque
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Under the Jazz’s hood resides a 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque. These figures are more than enough for the Jazz’s weight and is at the top of the subcompact hatchback class. The Earth Dreams CVT translates the power to the front wheels without indecision, and there’s no noticeable lag when coming off from a complete stop. The reaction is quick; even varying accelerator inputs are welcome.
Handling-wise, the Jazz is stable at the most parts plus maneuverability is one of its strongest traits because of its wide driving visibility and weight but light steering feel. Its firm suspension is perfect in tackling winding roads easily, as well.
Standard among the top-tier variants of the Honda Jazz is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, USB, Bluetooth, and HDMI connectivity. Sound is sent to six speakers. The air-conditioning system has touch panel controls while vehicle entry is through a keyless system.
The current-generation Jazz conforms to the design language and carries the brand’s wing grille. The RS variants is aggressively styled, with additional carbon-fiber-printed kits to boost the hatchback’s sporty appeal. A set of 16-inch black alloys complements the Jazz RS’ design. The Jazz is primarily equipped with projector halogens except for the top RS variant that has LED headlights with LED guide lines.
Color options for the Honda Jazz are Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Phoenix Orange Pearl, Rallye Red, and Taffeta White.
The Jazz's interior is one of the most spacious in its class. It uses Honda's straightforward layout with all the controls easily accessible by the driver. Hard plastics can be found inside the cabin but the RS trim has sporty accents and red stitching all over. Fabric upholstery is standard for the range. Among the best traits of the Jazz is its flexible seating configuration that allows you to maximize its interior cabin space. Probably its most famous selling point is the capability to accommodate a surfboard inside the car, provided that the seats and backrests are folded accordingly.
On its top-level RS trim, the Honda Jazz has dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, hill-start assist, five 3-point seatbelts, and ISOFIX child seat tethers. The Jazz also touts a G-Force Control (G-CON) body structure.
The Jazz equipped with 6 airbags got a 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating for adult occupancy protection. Those with 2 airbags got 4 stars in the same category. As for child occupancy protection, all variants got 4 stars or 715% compliance.
Tested Variant: Honda Jazz 1.5 VX Navi CVT
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
Pros & Cons
You’ll love the power delivery of the Jazz while consuming less fuel. Its flexible seating configuration is also a good thing to have as it maximizes the cabin space that this hatchback offers. Lastly, the Jazz, even in its non-RS trim, is still one of the best-looking among its rivals.
On the other hand, the Jazz’s firm suspension might be something you wouldn’t want when on a plight over unforgiving Metro Manila streets. The cabin NVH insulation also needs a bit of improvement.
Ask our team of experts any question and we will do our best to give you the best answer possible.
Does Honda Jazz have sunroof?
The Honda Jazz variants sold in the Philippines don't come standard with sunroof.
Is there a Honda Jazz diesel?
In other markets, a diesel-powered Honda Jazz is available. The Philippines, however, is yet to get this variant.
Is Honda Fit and Jazz the same?
The Honda Fit is the name of the Jazz in some markets like Japan and the U.S., so they're basically the same.
How much is the Honda Jazz in the Philippines?
The Honda Jazz in the Philippines starts at P868,000 and ceilings at P1,088,000 at the beginning of 2020.
Is the Honda Jazz a reliable car?
The Honda Jazz has been continuously included in the list of most reliable cars globally.
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