Honda Jazz 2018 Review: A great fit to every family in the Philippines

Updated Feb 27, 2023

User's: 3.5/5
Let’s find out all about the Honda Jazz 2018 Philippines in terms of specs, performance, interior, exterior, price in the Philippines and get all the latest news about its all-new RS Navi variant in our full review.

In this review...

  1. Overview
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Accessories
  5. Power & Fuel consumption
  6. Ride & Handling
  7. Safety features
  8. Variant
  9. Prices
  10. Final thoughts

1. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: a great fit to every Filipino family

The Honda Jazz is undoubtedly one of the greatest choices for those who are shopping around for an earnest city car. In case you’re unaware, this hot hatch is the Honda’ entry to the growing subcompact hatchback market in the Philippines, evoking an energetic and up-beat aura that represents today’s lively and practical lifestyle. The cool hatchback is carved quite a place for itself in our country thanks to its high reliability, accessible cabin and excellent-performing tranny.

An orange Honda Jazz 2018 angular front view

The Honda Jazz is undoubtedly one of the greatest choices for those who are shopping around for an earnest city car

Now, after upgrading the Mobilio and the City for the 2018 model year, Honda Cars Philippines has pulled out its all-new Honda Jazz 2018 Philippines with much-expected tweaking. More interestingly, there is also a brand-new Jazz RS Navi version. With some great enhancements and hot hatch-worth aesthetics to go along with the “RS” design language, is it the sleekest-looking vehicle in the sub-compact hatchback segment now?

It might just be. Given subtle revisions in both exterior and interior, it looks every bit as great as we first saw it online.   

Granted, the Honda Jazz 2018 still comes with the same motor and churns out the same numbers. But if you’ve been on a hunt for a stand out in a sea of practical hatchbacks, the car stands up and boasts flavor all its own. You can’t go wrong with the 2018 update.

Have a look at the Honda Jazz 2018 review Philippines on and judge for yourself. 

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2. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Exterior

Orange Honda Jazz 2018 front view & rear view

Given subtle revisions in both exterior and interior, it looks every bit as great as we first saw it online

Among the upgrades offered for the Honda Jazz 2018 over its predecessors are new LED daytime running lights, new front grille, new front and rear bumpers, and new design for alloy wheels for the VX Navi variants and the 1.5 C CVT.


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3. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Interior

For the Honda Jazz 2018 cabin, the hot city hatch has been wowing folks with its enormous interior flexibility and roomy space fit for all lifestyle. The trademark ULTR (Utility, Long, Tall, Refresh) rear seats are truly one-touch affair in this update. Needless to say, spacious boot in a small hatch is still a key attribute. However, Honda has underscored its newest Honda Jazz with a mind-boggling amount of room for your stuff. Thankfully, the front passenger seats can be folded down flat forward, giving occupants enough interior space for camping in.

Honda Jazz 2018 interior space

Honda Jazz 2018 has been wowing folks with its enormous interior flexibility and roomy space fit for every lifestyle

So not much has upgraded, but it has addressed the biggest problem of the previous model by offering more soft-touch and useful materials. The Japanese automaker had set the all-new Jazz up with a quite low seat, but four different adjustment modes set for rear seats make that less of a matter than before.

Power folding side mirrors are available on all Jazz versions, while Steering Wheel Audio Controls are only fitted as standard in all CVT versions. The Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 RS Navi and 1.5 VX Navi also offers other noticeable devices including:

  • Touch Panel Automatic Air-Conditioning
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
  • Cruise Control
  • Smart Entry with Push Start System

4. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Accessories

Honda Jazz 2018 7-inch touchscreen

Many convenience features are offered in the new Honda Jazz

Meanwhile, the 1.5 RS Navi, 1.5 VX Navi, and 1.5 V CVT are engineered with an enhanced 7-inch touchscreen audio system. Despite being quite old-fashioned, the system still satisfies passenger’s needs thanks to its flawless performance. It offers USB input and a hands-free Bluetooth connection. The Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi 2018 and 1.5 VX Navi embrace the comfortable feeling with many other convenience features such as:

  • HDMI Connectivity
  • Miracast and Cube User Interface (UI)
  • Multi-View Reverse Camera with Guidelines
  • Voice Command
  • A Navigation System

5. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Power & Fuel consumption

The Honda Jazz 2018 retains the same engine, meaning what lies beneath the metal is unchanged. The hot hatch gets a delicious 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that allows the Jazz to put out a whopping power of 145Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm and 120 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. All the engine roar is flowed through a distinctively tuned 5-speed MT or CVT with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. According to car reviews, while it’s modified more to derive increased performance and smooth acceleration, the refreshed CVT engine offers solid “shifts”.

Fuel economy is quite great for a compact auto hatchback, but not stellar. Many car experts predict that the new CVT makes for smooth day-to-day operation and increased durability, but the trade-off is that it eats up more gas mileage when being parked in general, or idling in traffic, at spotlights versus the aged CVT.

Old vs. new: Honda Jazz

6. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Ride & Handling

Just like its previous models, the Honda Jazz 2018 is expected to ride fairly well but its new and relatively sporty tires probably don’t give the most tactile of feedback. The new hatch is also expected to be more agile and sharper in terms of handling. All in all, the newest Jazz, in a way, is one of the easiest compact auto hatches to punt around in our traffic-induced personal hell.

7. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Safety features

The new Jazz's variants retain many safety features that have given it the preference of customers.

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) – all variants
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) - all variants
  • Driver and Front Passenger SRS Airbags - all variants
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) – 1.5 VX Navi CVT & 1.5 RS Navi
  • Hill Start Assist (HAS) - 1.5 VX Navi CVT & 1.5 RS Navi
  • Side Airbags – 1.5 RS Navi
  • Side Curtain Airbags – 1.5 RS Navi

8. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Variant

Apparently, that Honda Civic Type R has finally come to the Philippines is not the only enticing fact here. Well, sort of, anyway.

The Japanese car maker has just pulled out its very hot hatch – the Jazz 1.5 RS - the first Jazz to be engineered with the Road Sailing (RS) badge. Brace yourself, this cool hatch is landing in our market. What our Jazz fans have here is the all-new Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 RS Navi variant with all the whistles and bells they come to expect from an all-out performance B-segment hatchback.  

Honda lovers all agree that adding the letters RS to the equation can convert a regular Jazz into a truly top-spec hatch. That said, we say sort of as while coming equipped with the RS badge might imply a hatch with performance upgrades, the new Jazz RS Navi only goes with a little extra in the appearance. It’s not an RS version with a high level of performance, but a handsome one, rather.

Rest assured, the Honda Jazz 1.5 RS 2018 isn’t taking anything away from what the Japanese automaker has become famous. For folks who’ve been on the hunt for a top-spec hatch with brilliant added performance and versatility, coupled with upgraded aesthetics, the Honda Jazz RS Navi 2018 still gives a sportier proposition and holds the fine line between practicality and style.

The first feature to strike you is the new color exclusive to RS Navi variants: Phoenix Orange Pearl. Among the tweaks designed for the looks department is:

  • 16-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels
  • Side skill garnish
  • Exclusive RS-design bumpers front and back
  • RS-design front grille
  • LED headlights with daytime running lights
  • Side mirror caps
  • RS-design tailgate spoiler

Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi 2018 on the road

The largest news is the availability of an brand-new Jazz RS Navi version

The cabin also gets some enhancements such as:

  • Shift knob (with orange stitching)
  • 3-spoke leather steering wheel
  • A new seat fabric design

So if you don’t ask for much, the Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi 2018 would be great. Plus, you should keep your eyes peeled for more information concerning the overall upgrade in the future.

9. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Prices

The all-new hit hatch is on the way to our shores with the following variants and prices:

Honda Jazz 2018 Prices in the Philippines
Variants Price
Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 V M/T P799,000
Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 V CVT P849,000
Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 VX Navi CVT P949,000
Honda Jazz 2018 1.5 RS Navi CVT P1,029,000

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Color options

Variants Color
All variants Taffeta White & Rallye Red
V variants  Lunar Silver Metallic
1.5 VX Navi & 1.5 RS Navi  Modern Steel Metallic, Attract Yellow Pearl, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
1.5 RS Navi Phoenix Orange Pearl

10. Honda Jazz 2018 Review Philippines: Final thoughts

The Honda Jazz 2018 is a great step up from its predecessors. Even with getting more and more difficult to up its game in the competitive market these days, there’s nothing out there that can truly match its mix of cool cabin, premium quality and minimalism in design language. This small yet cool Japanese inspired hatchback is indeed a stand out in a sea of Japan manufactured cars. More than any other subcompact hatches out there, the all-new Honda road warrior successfully raise a question as to why we would want to purchase something larger. 

We hope our Honda Jazz 2018 review Philippines will be helpful for your car research.

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