Unlike the Civic, there is no such thing as a Jazz Type R. The closest you can get is the ‘Fit RS’ (where RS stands for ‘Road Sailing’ we kid you not), making it the most desirable version for any Honda enthusiast. That comes with a different set of bumpers, added aero bits, and a spruced up interior to make feel ‘sportier’.
It’s just a bit unfortunate that, in the model’s entire history, the Fit RS has always been an exclusive JDM affair. But the executives over at Honda HQ has had a rethink and we’re finally getting the Jazz RS here.
The one brought in by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is the facelifted version, which likewise updates the entire Jazz lineup.
Main exterior upgrades across the range are the newly-designed grille, front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, and alloy wheels for the 1.5 V and 1.5 VX variants. Although no one really needs it, they’ve also thrown in Power Folding Side Mirrors in the package.
Hardly anything has changed in the cabin, not that the Jazz needed it. The biggest difference we could find is the ‘new’ 7-inch touch screen infotainment system that offers more functionality such as Navigation, Multi-view Reverse Camera, and Voice Command. Cruise Control and Speed Sensing Door Locks are nice additions but only to the top-of-the-line variants.
The 1.5L i-VTEC engine, with its 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque, is also left unchanged.
Be ready to shell out P799,000 for the 1.5 V MT, P849,000 for the 1.5 V CVT, and P949,000 for the 1.5 VX Navi CVT. But if you really want the coveted RS badge, the 1.5 RS Navi will set you back P1,029,000.
The extra P80,000 buys you a proper RS front bumper with fog lights, RS grille, RS rear bumper, RS spoiler, Side Sill Garnish, 16-inch Gloss Black wheels, and Gloss Black side mirrors. Its new Seat Fabric Design is also unique as are the 3-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob that are both stitched in orange. They even threw in a pair of front tweeters for the sound system. While there are 7 color options, the paint you should get is Phoenix Orange Pearl that’s exclusive to the RS.
It’s good to know that HCPI listens to their customers and gives them what they want, hence us getting the Jazz RS. But they sorta missed the mark, because the version sold here comes with a dull CVT. And any true Honda loyalist should know that the Jazz RS should come with 6 gears and 3 pedals, not 2.
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