Honda Jazz

Honda JazzThe Honda Jazz is a five door Small car launched in 2001 and revamped in 2009 with a longer wheelbase and a bigger cabin but retaining the general look of the first generation car,  so you would expect it to appear a little outdated, but strangely it is not, it seems to be growing old with dignity.  The Jazz is similar in size to the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa, but feels a little bigger due to the more upright driving position and Honda’s wonderful design of the interior. The Jazz is an extremely comfortable car, the driver and passengers have excellent visibility and the car glides over the winter bashed roads with ease, sadly over 60 miles per hour the Jazz does suffer from wind noise, so if you do lots of long trips at speed this might not be the car for you, but for general driving the Jazz is a delight.

 

Honda JazzBoth innovative design and build quality are what makes customers so loyal to Honda and these qualities are evident in the Jazz, the dash is delightfully laid out and offers an air of quality and sturdiness that you normally associate with a more expensive car, the design continues into the rear of the car where the rear seats as well as folding flat also fold upwards, like cinema seats, and click into place giving you an excellent space in the foot-wells, fold the seats flat and you get 1320 litres of space.

 

Honda JazzThe Jazz is well equipped in even the most basic of trims, the ‘S’, offering front, side and curtain airbags, electric front windows, remote keyless entry, electric and heated door mirrors, a CD player/radio with MP3 connectivity, Air conditioning is added on the S-AC model which is a slight premium. The ES trim is our pick, this adds Alloy wheels, a cooled glove box, climate control, electric rear windows, steering wheel audio controls and a two tier boot. If you are feeling flushed the EX trim adds the panoramic glass roof, larger alloys, cruise control, privacy glass, Bluetooth hands free phone and automatic lights and wipers.

Power is supplied by two petrol engines, there is no diesel available, the 1.2 litre 90 Bhp engine is available in the ‘S’ trim and all other specs have the 1.4 litre 100 Bhp engine, both engines offer sturdy performance and economy, the 1.4 litre car can reach 113 miles per hour and reach 62 miles per hour in 11.8 seconds and return 50.4 miles per gallon, the 1.2 litre car offers only slightly better economy and is just a tad slower but perfect for around town. Thankfully the woeful i-shift automatic gearbox has been replaced by the six speed CVT automatic that is available on the 1.4 litre engine, which is quite excellent.

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.4 petrol (100bhp) Manual ‘EX’  –  Nil Advance Payment (£57.58 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.4 petrol CVT Automatic ‘EX’  –  Nil Advance Payment (£57.58 wpms)

New Jazz out now – reviewed shortly, these are prices for the old Jazz and are excellent.