ON TEST WITH
Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC EX Navi CVT
Price (from): £13.495
The Honda Jazz has been around for some time now and has been subjected to quite a few upgrades since it was first introduced back in 2001.
I remember thinking at the time that I hoped it would be an important turning point for Honda in the B-segment market – well it turned out it was and the Jazz quickly became hot property with the likes of the school-run mum and the people who just wanted a car to get from A to B.
Well it is now 2017 and the new generation Jazz is still looking as strong and modern as ever.
Power and Efficiency: The 1.3-litre i-DTEC (102PS) has 123Nm of torque and is actually a fantastic little engine that loves to be revved and is a real joy to use as an everyday run-around. I am also happy to report that the engine feels very refined and has a decent range of torque available even when you consider its small engine size. Although just because it has a small engine it does not mean motorway driving is tedious.
Out on the open road the Jazz will return a combined 53 MPG if driven with a very light right foot. Emissions come in at a very respectable 106 g/km. Top speed will also stop at around 112mph and 0-62 will come in at 12 seconds – just.
On the road: The Jazz feels nimble and controlled and the chassis is very refined – thanks mainly to Honda using a stiffer platform, suspension and a new damper system which helps improve ride quality. There is also a new and ‘faster’ electric power steering system that increases the feedback for the driver which in turn makes for a better all round driving experience.
Design and Technology: The interior is of a good standard and the controls are basic in design, but well set-out and all the dials are clear and unfussy. The New Jazz is also 95mm longer than its predecessor on the outside and with a 30 mm longer wheelbase – this means that leg, shoulder and headroom in the front and rear are good – and better than most frankly. The fuel tank has also been centre-mounted to allow for class-leading interior space. This set-up enables the platform to accommodate Honda’s innovative Magic Seats system which works well if you have two children like me and a heap of shopping too – plus the usual weekend activities.
Standard equipment fitted across the range includes: air conditioning, a five-inch LCD display, USB functionality and SatNav where fitted.
To sum up: A good buy. If you are searching for a small and compact family car then the Jazz is one of those you need to take a look at.