Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 23 June 2021
Replacing the incredibly popular Honda Jazz nameplate here in Mzantsi and its massive following comes Honda’s all-new Fit. We were invited on a beautiful overnight launch drive to sample Honda’s latest offering in both its petrol-powered and hybrid electric variants.
How’s it drive?
Starting off the day, I got behind the wheel of the 1.5L DOHC petrol engine variant, a motor as shared with the latest Honda Ballade. Apart from its very smooth power delivery and more than ample power 89kW and 145Nm of torque all mated through its CVT transmission, what was immediately apparent when entering the new Fit is its premium Japanese built quality and solidity. This new generation model from Honda has grown in terms of its length, breadth and overall size, but also certainly in terms of its overall quality offering too.
Before moving on to tell you about its technological advancements, let’s discuss the e:HEV hybrid electric variant which I drover later within the day. Setting new benchmarks within this space and for that of Honda Southern Africa, the Honda Fit e:HEV features two compact, powerful electric motors connected to a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit, which all work harmoniously together to provide a smooth and direct response. It’s a very technically advanced powertrain and one which really blew me away. For starters at speeds of below 40 km/h (basically all town driving), the engine runs on basically pure battery power, the result of this is a quoted combined fuel economy figure of 3.7-litres / 100km, and that is very hard to contend with.
In keeping with the pure petrol-driven variant, the Fit e:HEV delivers a smooth seamless stream of power and when in electric mode of course in sheer silence and green efficiency. The overall premium solidity offered within this new Honda Fit is certainly a very fitting package pardon the pun, particularly when enjoyed in its hybrid electric format.
How about the technological advancements?
If like me, you love your technology, spending time behind the wheel of the Honda Fit is a real treat. The dashboard is adorned with an LCD digital display replacing the predecessor’s analogue setup. The display gives clear information of everything driver related, and even the opportunity to operate the vehicles semi-autonomous driver safety features (Enhanced Honda SENSING). Available exclusively on the FIT Hybrid model, this advanced safety suite includes the likes of Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Auto High-Beam (AHB).
Moving on from the digital instrumentation cluster comes the central multimedia display, which is comprised of a high-definition touchscreen.
To ensure ease of use, there is a hand resting pad placed below the display, as well as features such as wireless Apple CarPlay ability, this is but to name a few of its impressive features.
The system is seamless and very precise to operate, avoiding any distraction while driving.
What about space?
The Honda Jazz grew an almost cult following with people across the age spectrum thanks to its compact body on the outside, yet vastly spacious and practical cabin. I am glad to report that this all-new Fit carries over this trend, further enhancing details such as the thinner A-pillars improving visibility within the cabin.
An overall spacious, roomy cabin is continued into the back of the vehicle which makes use of Honda’s Magic Seats technology, a stow-away rear bench facility that remains the best we have ever experienced.
The luggage capacity (with rear seats up) starts from 309 litres (298 for HEV) and increases to an impressive 1210 litres (to the roof with the rear seats down) (1199 for HEV).
SA Pricing & Conclusion
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Comfort CVT R319 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Elegance CVT R359 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Executive CVT R389 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-MMD e-CVT Hybrid R469 900
WARRANTY AND SERVICE PLAN
For additional peace of mind, the Honda FIT range comes standard with Honda’s five-year/200 000 warranty, as well as a four-year/60 000km Service Plan with 15 000km service intervals. Customers also have the reassurance of three-year AA Roadside Assistance. The FIT Hybrid model comes standard with an extended eight-year/200 000km warranty specifically covering the battery and related components of the Hybrid system.
Offered with Honda’s outstanding reliability record, comprised of Japanese build quality and technology and all packaged in a vehicle built to take the brand and this segment into the future, the Honda Fit is a vehicle set to impress anyone who has the pleasure of getting behind the wheel. We look forward to revealing more as requested by our readers and YouTube subscribers in an upcoming Technobok Media video feature #WatchThisSpace #FindYourFit