Honda Jazz EX Navi – new car review by NickFletcher
The Honda Jazz hatchback has been around since 2001 and has built up a devoted following because of its easy drivability, practical layout and ultra-reliable reputation.
However, that fond appreciation was largely among older buyers, which rather limited its UK sales potential. But not any more. The third-generation Jazz has sharper, more youthful styling and more connectivity features which should help expand sales lower down the age-scale.
The current Jazz has smoother styling though it still retains a sort of micro-MPV look which is underlined by a spacious and versatile cabin which outscores main rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. A big plus-point is it Magic Seat system which offers extensive occupant and load configurations and delivers the largest interior space in the sector.
Jazz prices start at £13,995 for a decently-kitted S model but to get goodies such as alloy wheels, touchscreen infortainment system, parking sensors and sat-nav you have to move up range and my top-spec test car, an EX Navi, costs £17,065.
Like all Jazz models, it uses a 1.3 litre 101 hp petrol engine with standard manual gearbox (a CVT auto version is available) with a 0-60 mph time of 11.5 seconds and top speed of 118 mph. Fuel economy is 55.4 mpg combined. There are cars from rival makers which are a bit cheaper, quicker or offer better economy, but not by much, and the Jazz counters with more space, an outstanding reliabity record and strong resale values.
The non-turbo Jazz isn’t quick off the mark but it does drive in a civilised and user-friendly manner which for most buyers will be much more important. It offers a nice easy drive, good seating, good visibility, and is agile in traffic and when parking. Revised suspension means you get a comfortable ride and assured handling. Continue reading