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 – and I still remember its introduction, even back then I remember thinking at the time that I hoped it turned out to 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 mom and the people who just wanted a car to get from A-B with little fuss and at a price that was comfortable to swallow.
Well its now 2017 and the new generation Jazz is still looking as strong and modern as ever – so, let’s take a look under the skin to see if it’s still the one to beat.
Power and Efficiency:
The1.3 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, does not mean motorway driving is tedious – in fact I found it quiet and unfussy truth be told.
Out on the open road the Jazz will return a combined 53 +MPG if driven with a very light right foot – and emissions come in at a very respectable 106 g/km. Top speed will also stop at around 112mph and 0-62 will come in at12 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 & 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 setup 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 to do – plus the usual weekend activities.
Standard equipment fitted across the range includes; air conditioning, and five-inch LCD display that covers features such as FM & DAB tuner plus USB functionality & SatNav (where fitted). Higher grade models also benefit from leather steering wheel, keyless entry and push-button engine start/stop, and touchpanel controls for the automatic air conditioning. The Jazz is also equipped with a total of six airbags, front, side and full-length curtain airbags as standard across the range.
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.