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Honda Jazz 1.5 VTi (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2009

The three-model line-up of Honda's new Jazz starts with the 1.3-litre GLi at $15,990.
We drove the mid-range VTi with its larger 1.5-litre engine and 'extras', including front side and curtain airbags and anti-theft alarm.

Power and torque outputs from both engines have risen, in the case of the 1.5-litre, by 7 kW and 2 Nm. Mated to the optional five-speed auto, a rare offering in this segment, it proved easy to drive and delivered class-competitive performance. Fuel economy was decent too.

Improved ride, steering and handling make for competent road manners. Despite its diminutive exterior size, interior space is where Jazz shines, and the magic folding seat system allows for transport of long, bulky or tall items.
Honda Jazz 1.5 VTi 2009


Space, economy, road manners, ergonomics


Price, no stability control, cruise control only on VTi-S

Car Details

Vehicle make Honda
Vehicle model Jazz 1.5 VTi
Vehicle type Light Over $20,000
Year 2009
Price when new $21,490 (auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 1.5-litre, single overhead cam, 4-cyl
Max power 88 kW @ 6600 rpm
Max torque 145 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 12.1 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 25.3 m
Economy ADR 6.7 litres/100km (auto)
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.