2018 Jazz Sport 1.5-litre i-VTEC

2018 Jazz Sport 1.5-litre i-VTEC

2018 Jazz Sport 1.5-litre i-VTEC

Introducing the new Honda Jazz Sport - a unique blend of versatility, refinement and technology.

  • New powerful and efficient 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine
  • Bold, sporty exterior design
  • Lightweight, rigid chassis delivers a dynamic driving experience
  • Comprehensive suite of advanced safety features

The 2018 Honda Jazz, the latest version of the practical and popular hatchback, retains a unique blend of space, versatility, refinement and technology. The new Jazz builds on the strong reputation of its highly successful predecessors. While the new model retains the classic Jazz silhouette, it exhibits distinctive sporty styling upgrades, including a bold new 'family face', strong character lines, and the addition of a new Sport grade. Occupants also benefit from impressive refinement and advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as a highly efficient and dynamic driving experience.

The new Jazz Sport is available with a new 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC unit, being offered in the Jazz for the first time in Europe and giving customers the option of a more powerful drivetrain.

New powerful and efficient 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine

Honda Jazz 2018 - 1.5 i-VTEC by Earthdreams

  • 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine available on Jazz for the first time
  • Maximum power of 130 PS and maximum torque of 155 Nm
  • Lightweight engine components and optimised piston shaping
  • CVT gearbox offers highest efficiency, average fuel economy of 52.3 mpg

The new Jazz is available with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine for the first time in Europe. Combining a high output with low fuel consumption, the engine produces 130 PS (96 kW) at 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm.

Honda's 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine complies with stringent Euro 6 emissions standards, and achieves fuel economy of 5.4l/100km (52.3 mpg) and CO2 emissions from 124g/km - when equipped with the optional CVT automatic transmission.

The new Jazz can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.7 seconds (manual) and 10.0 seconds (CVT). The CVT system itself has been revised to deliver a more linear and refined response under acceleration.

Honda's VTEC (Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control) and VTC (Variable Timing Control) technologies combine with direct injection, strong tumble intake ports and an optimised piston shape to provide benefits in output and efficiency. Weight savings within the 1.5 i-VTEC are made through a reduction in weight of the crankshaft and the adoption of independent bearing caps.

Two specific control programmes for the CVT transmission provide situation-specific assistance for the driver:

  • Early Downshift During Braking (EDDB): utilises the engine to assist the driver during braking. When the system recognises a deceleration, downhill, or cornering situation initiated by the braking system, EDDB automatically increases the engine speed to provide engine braking. This then allows for quick re-acceleration after slowing or quick acceleration after cornering.

  • The 'Fast Off' system: measures how quickly the driver releases the accelerator pedal and maintains engine revs to provide engine braking in situations where the driver has released the pedal quickly. This system has been extensively tested for Europe's high speed, multi-lane roads. For example, Fast Off recognises when the driver has prepared to pass a vehicle in front, but is unable to complete the manoeuvre due to a vehicle in the next lane. As the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal to let the vehicle behind pass by, Fast Off maintains a high engine speed in preparation for completing the overtaking manoeuvre.

The CVT gearbox allows the engine to operate within its most efficient range more of the time, by continuously varying the gear ratio instead of adjusting the engine throttle opening. Automatically managed by the engine management system, the CVT gearbox selects the optimal ratio within the simulated seven speeds depending on engine speed, throttle position and driver input.

Exterior styling

Honda Jazz 2018 Sport - Bold Styling

  • Bold new face design with 'solid wing' grille common to the Honda family
  • Sportier exterior styling creates sophisticated, planted look
  • New Sport grade adds further enhancements to exterior and cabin
  • Addition of metallic Skyride Blue as a new colour option

Exterior changes for the new Jazz align it with the latest Honda family style, incorporating the 'Solid Wing Face' headlight signature and grille. The front bumper is sharply sculpted, with more aggressive contours around the air vents. At the rear, shallower grille sections are linked by a gloss black trim strip above a trapezoid lower section.

The new Jazz retains the familiar secure and planted silhouette, with bodyside cut-in swage lines that rise from the front wheel arch, and dynamic, sculpted side panels, to give a forward-leaning, purposeful stance. At the rear, the near-vertical rear window provides a strong aesthetic, while angular rear combination lamps accentuate the bold design. Compared to the previous generation Jazz, the revised model exhibits a bolder and sportier form.

The new Sport grade adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and a triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper - both finished with a sporty red accent line. Sport grade also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels.

The new Jazz is available in four metallic paint finishes (Alabaster Silver, Tinted Silver, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Skyride Blue), two pearlescent finishes (White Orchid and Crystal Black) and two solid colours (Milano Red and Sunset Orange). Skyride Blue is a brand new colour option for the Jazz, and rounds off the updates to the exterior.

Interior styling

Inside, the cabin gives all occupants a sense of airy spaciousness thanks to a large windscreen that meets the roof panel a long way rearward. This, along with the large front quarter windows provides excellent forward visibility and admits plenty of light into the cabin, providing a comfortable outward view with an open, yet secure, feeling for all passengers.

Honda Jazz 2018 Sport - Orange Stitching on Steering Wheel Honda Jazz 2018 Sport - Orange Stitching on Upholstery Honda Jazz 2018 Sport - Orange Stitching on Gear Stick

The Jazz's cabin layout is designed with a functionality which encourages the driver to concentrate on driving, while also providing a passenger space in which to relax. The centre panel is angled slightly towards the driver to provide good visibility and inspire confidence. Cabin user-friendliness is enhanced by the careful placement of key storage areas, together with two large-size cup holders in the front and a centre box in the front arm rest that is large enough to accommodate a tablet.

Quality materials within the cabin include high-grade, sophisticated black soft-touch dash and trim surfaces with premium detailing, contrasting upholstery materials and polished chrome trim accents. On Sport grade vehicles, the interior features a unique pinstripe pattern on the upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, all of which are enhanced by orange stitching.

Comprehensive suite of advanced safety features

  • Every Jazz comes with City-Brake Active to help avoid low-speed accidents
  • Advanced Driver Assist System features five active safety aids
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering(tm) ensures outstanding passive-safety performance

Every new Jazz sold in Europe is equipped with Honda's City-Brake Active system (CTBA). Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses laser radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is designed to operate at speeds below 20 mph. If the system identifies that the risk of collision exists, then pre-braking as well as audible and visual warning will occur, eventually followed by full autonomous braking.

Every new Jazz incorporates Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering(tm) (ACE(tm)) body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive-safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection.

A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE(tm) also helps minimise the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

Every new Jazz sold in Europe is equipped with a total of six airbags, maximising occupant protection. The front, side and full-length curtain airbags are all advanced 'intelligent' designs and are triggered only when absolutely necessary.

The Jazz is designed and engineered for safety, and achieved a high-scoring five-star rating when tested by Euro NCAP in 2015.

Technical specifications

Engine, transmission and steering

Category 1.5 litre i-VTEC (petrol)
Type 4 valves per cylinder
Capacity (cc) 1,498
Bore x stroke (mm) 73.0 x 89.5
Compression ratio 11.5
Power 130 PS at 6,600 rpm
Torque 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm
Manual - speeds 6
CVT - speeds Variable with 7 simulated 'gears'
Steering Rack and pinion
Steering turns (lock to lock) 2.52
Turning circle (at wheels)
Turning circle (at body) 11.1

Suspension and brakes

Category Front Rear
Suspension MacPherson Strut H-type torsion beam
Brakes Ventilated disc Disc


Wheel size 1.5 litre i-VTEC
x 15-inch 185/60 R15 84H
x 16-inch 185/55 R16 83H/V

Dimensions and capacities

Exterior Value
Overall length 3,995mm
Overall width 1,694mm (including door mirrors)
Overall height 1,550mm (unladen)
Wheelbase 2,530mm
Luggage - seats up 354 litres
Luggage - seats folded 897 litres
Fuel tank 40 litres

Weights (kg)

Model Kerb weight (kg)
1.5 litre i-VTEC 6 speed manual 1104 - 1116
1.5 litre i-VTEC CVT 1124 - 1136

Performance and fuel consumption

Engine 1.5 i-VTEC Manual 1.5 i-VTEC CVT
Maximum speed Kmph 190 190
0-100Kmph / 0-62 mph 8.7s 10.0s
Fuel consumption
Urban (l/100km) 7.2 (16") 6.4 (16")
Extra urban (l/100km) 5.1 (16") 4.9 (16")
Combined (l/100km) 5.9 (16") 5.4 (16")
CO2 combined (g/km) (l/100km) 133 (16") 124 (16") / 133 (16")

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