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KTM 390 Adventure review – An adventure motorcycle for KTM enthusiasts

The first-generation Jazz in India was the hottest-looking premium hatchback on the market. As a product, it had a lot of potential, but due to it having been overpriced, Honda was forced to pull the plug on the model. For a while, Honda hadn’t been competing in the premium hatchback market. However, in 2015, Honda launched an all-new model, built on a new platform. In 2020, the Jazz received a few updates that included a BS6-compliant engine as well.

Familiar face?

After having seen the first-generation Honda Jazz, the second-generation model appears to be a bit too simple and a bit more MPV-like. At the front, it sports new LED headlamps, restyled front and rear bumpers and a new alloy wheel pattern. The car does look attractive, but the older generation model was better. Up-front, it gets a sloping nose and a curved bonnet. Along the sides, there’s a prominent character line that starts from the front doors and goes all the way to the back. The rest of the profile remains the same, including the tail section which gets vertically-stacked tail lamps. We just wish the wheels were a little bigger. There’s also a band of chrome that runs the width of the tail gate.

Anything new inside?

The cabin of the updated Honda Jazz gets new fabric upholstery and soft-touch materials on the dashboard. The rest remains the same. Practicality-wise, Honda Cars have done a brilliant job with the Jazz. The doors open wide and the tail gate sits low on the bumper. You’ll be surprised by the amount of room inside; it’s one among the most spacious cars in its segment, with lots of legroom and headroom available. However, under-thigh support at the back disappoints. Top-of-the-line models get equipped with magic seats at the rear, which can fold flat, split and flip upwards, giving way for lots of boot space, even if its standard 354-litre capacity isn’t enough. The passenger seated in the middle of the backseat will find the cushioning firm. Space up-front is good, but we found that visibility is limited because of the broad A-pillars. The steering feels nice to hold but the instrument cluster is rather basic; so is the central console. The dashboard gets a hard-wearing plastic finish and storage spaces are plenty. Honda Cars have packed the Jazz with equipment like power adjustable and foldable ORVMs, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, paddle-shifters, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, keyless entry and go, rear camera and a powered sunroof.

i-VTEC power

If performance is what you’re after, the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, paired to a manual gearbox is the perfect choice. The engine develops 89bhp and 110Nm of torque. Initial responses won’t impress, but once the engine gets into a nice rhythm, particularly in the mid-range, performance begins to show. There’s a nice, gradual build in power, pushing the engine all the way to 6800rpm. The engine sounds nice when it is taken to the limit, and the 5-speed manual gearbox shifts very smoothly. Also, we liked how well-weighted the clutch was. You also get the option of a CVT ‘box, and after driving it, we found that it best suits city driving. The ‘box responds well, but the rubber-band-effect is apparent the moment you put your foot down. The revs don’t match the increase in speed. The gearbox even responds quickly to the tugs at the paddles. The CVT is not the sportiest transmission on offer though.

Ride and handling

We’re impressed with the feel from the steering, but this is far from being a driver’s car. However, it does make you feel safe. It’s an easy car to drive and the tight turning circle is great for parking. Ride quality isn’t bad either as it tackles most undulations without breaking a sweat. And the suspension do feel a bit firm; this actually helps at high speeds, keeping the car stable.

Perfect family hatch?

If space and practicality is a priority, look no further than what Honda has to offer. It is comfortable and makes perfect sense for someone daily-driving their car. Not everyone wants a brilliant chassis, and the Honda Jazz is for that kind of buyer. There’s no diesel engine on offer anymore, and that leaves you with a naturally-aspirated petrol. You’d better hurry up and buy one before the Jazz gets turbocharged. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.

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