Honda Jazz

The 2020, fourth generation, Honda Jazz is a little less boxy than its predecessor and slightly longer but it retains the practical and moderately uninspiring look from the previous car. Like before, all Jazz models get Honda’s brilliant Magic Seat setup, allowing the rear bench to fold completely flat in a swift and easy-to-operate single motion. It’s really handy and makes the Jazz one of the most practical cars in its class, think cinema seats. The Jazz is a very easy car to become comfortable in, particular for the driver, the high seating position makes the most of the room available and rear passages do partially well. The boot measures a decent 304 litres, expanding to 1,205 litres if you fold down the back seats.

 

The Jazz is available in four trim levels, SE, SR, EX and the higher riding Crosstar EX, all cars have a range of safety measures as standard, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, auto high beam headlights and collision mitigation braking system. The pick of the trims is the SR as it has 15inch alloy wheels, leather interior panels, fabric/leather upholstery, parking sensors (Front and Rear) and a 9 inch touchscreen with digital radio, Apple CarPlay and android auto. EX adds 16 inch alloys, sat nav, rear camera, privacy glass and heated seats. The Crosstar EX has all the merits of the EX trim plus a slightly raised suspension and a more outdoor lifestyle feel, Honda attempting to attract the younger buyer.

 

The new Jazz is powered by a single automatic gearbox Hybrid engine, the 1.5 litre petrol engine is paired to two electric motors connected to the 0.86kWh lithium ion battery which lives under the rear floor. This is similar size battery to the Toyota Yaris. The way the Jazz works is that the petrol engine drives a generator that in turn powers the batteries that drive the motor to turn the front wheels in normal driving mode. It is a complicated system but it works well, electric power can be used solely for low speeds, assisting acceleration and thus increasing fuel consumption, at higher speeds the batteries are bypassed and the petrol powers the second motor that drives the car.  As in an electric car there is no gearbox only a sole gear, the torque of the electric motor is able to provide acceleration at lower speeds, negating the need for a spread of gear ratios. With a total of 108bhp and 253Nm of torque, the Jazz can get from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and the official economy is quoted at up to 62.8mpg.

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.5 petrol Hybrid (108 bhp)  Automatic  ‘SE’  –  £199 Advance Payment (£64.87 wpms) or £599 (£67.52 wpms) in SR Trim or £999 (£69.50 +£100 wpms) in EX Trim

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz Crosstar 1.5 petrol Hybrid (108 bhp)  Automatic  ‘Crosstar EX’  –  £1799 Advance Payment (£671 wpms)