The multi-award winning Honda Jazz is a highly competent, stylish and reliable city car.
The Jazz is one of Honda’s leading car models made by Honda. It’s a five door supermini that’s been around since 2001. Since then, it’s proved very popular with drivers and has reached its fourth generation. With a reputation for ease of use and safety, it’s considered a good city car and suitable for families at the same time.
One of the things that the car is known most for is its re-configurable interior, known as Honda magic seats, allowing the owner to increase or decrease cargo volume as and when they need. This gives the owner more options and means that cargo space doesn’t have to be sacrificed in those times when you really need it. Here’s more about the Honda Jazz.
The first generation of the Honda Jazz arrived in 2001 and this generation lasted until 2008 as the second generation arrived. Very soon into this first generation, Honda new they had a success on its hand. By the end of the first year in production, it was already outselling the Corolla. There are many reasons for this.
The compact design, including the fact that the fuel tank is able to fit under the front seat, make it very appealing. It offered a compact rear suspension system and the seats folded very low to make the most of the space available when extra cargo room was required.
The second generation saw a range of changes arrive for the Honda Jazz. The height of the car stayed the same but the interior height increased, offering more space to the driver and passengers, without making the car itself any bigger. Greater boot capacity was also added to the vehicle, as well as better handling features.
There were various trim levels available as well. The Hybrid version of the car was an electric-gasoline hybrid, offering lower emissions.
The third generation of the Honda Jazz has a shorter length, better legroom and a longer wheelbase than the generation that came before it. The interior cargo and passenger space was increased by making some tweaks and changes to the car’s interior as well.
The Honda Jazz is a car with a lot to offer and that accounts for its enduring popularity among consumers. It’s known as the kind of compact car that you can rely on and the used car market is pretty strong for rigid vehicle. There are lots of high quality examples out there and they age very well indeed. It’s something that the car is known for.
It offers the compact design that most people are looking for when it comes to city driving and it also has the engine and level of performance capability that most people need when buying a car is this kind. It doesn’t waste any of its features and it doesn’t need an ultra high performance engine. But what it has is more than adequate for what it needs to do and that’s what so many people like about it.
If you’re in the market for a used car that you can rely on to do the basic and most important things right, this is the car you’re looking for. The Jazz gets it right and ensures you’re never let down when you’re on the road.
In Europe, the first generation of the Honda Jazz had two engines available: the 1.2 i-DSI offered the base and the 1.4 engine was available too. The 1.4 engine offered a 5-speed manual standard and CVT-7 as an option.
There were also two engine variants used for the second generation of the vehicle. These were the 90 PS 1.2-liter i-VTEC and a 100PS 1.4-liter i-VTEC. Both of these were efficient engines and they were known for offering lower carbon emissions as well.
There are 7 colours to choose from including the popular White Orchid Pearl and Sunset Orange, all finished with sporty black alloys which bring a whole new lease of life to the Jazz. It's also been redesigned with added attractions including subtle red accent lines on the rear bumper and LED daytime running lights too.
Honda has taken its hugely successful Jazz and given it a welcome update. PA gets behind the wheel to put it to the test.
Welcome to a new take on a hugely successful idea. Honda has shifted more than 300,000 Jazz models in the UK since 2001 and it’s still a firm favourite with older buyers.
This one, with its more aggressive styling, faster steering and more direct chassis setup, improves its trademark incredibly clever interior space but adds just a little more verve from behind the wheel.
Underneath the bonnet of the Jazz sits a 1.3-litre petrol engine with 101bhp, with power sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Performance figures aren't dazzling; the sprint to 60mph takes 11 seconds, and all in you'll be doing 118mph. Economy figures are good too, with Honda claiming 56.5mpg on the combined cycle.
Let’s make one thing absolutely clear: the Jazz is not a fast car. Fitted with the CVT gearbox it’s a real struggle to get it up to A-road speeds, which defies its fuel-saving point. The manual gearbox makes better use of the new 1.3-litre engine and benefits from a 10% shorter throw and a 25% lighter action than the old one. The steering ratio is now faster, which transforms the directness of the front end.
Drive incredibly gently at urban speeds and the CVT shines, keeping fuel consumption low (I achieved 62.8mpg on a quiet urban/suburban run), but it performs badly in busy conditions because traffic simply moves too quickly.
It rides very well for a car on such small wheels, though, absorbing lumps and bumps with impressive composure. It’s comfortable, with seats that find a nice balance between the supportive and the soft.
Personally we're not much of a fan of the new car’s looks. It’s all a bit fussy and over-designed for my tastes, but you’ll notice the familiar one-volume silhouette even though the new Jazz is longer, with a longer wheelbase and more interior space.
You could argue it has a humble readiness about it, especially on 15-inch wheels; the smaller of the two fitments. It’s like a little robot friend who’s always ready to help, and it comes in some interesting colours like this burnt orange and a flattering metallic blue.
This is the real reason to buy a Jazz. There’s an improbable amount of space inside the car; Honda claims more rear knee room than you get in a Mercedes S-Class, improved shoulder room for everyone, a boot that’s larger than a Ford Focus’s (and almost as large as a Golf’s), and of course the so-called Magic Seats.
Lift the bases lift up in a jiffy to leave a yawning space behind the front seats, or pull a lever to fold them down flat in one motion. Fold the front passenger seat down as well and you can fit loads of almost 2.5 metres long inside, although the elderly folks likely to buy the car probably aren’t going to copy Honda’s example of stuffing a surf board into it.
On top-spec EX models the keyless start and digitised air conditioning control panel give a sense of premium quality and solidity, but without them there are ugly switch blanks and dated-looking rotary dials. Adding the CVT gearbox costs a fairly steep £1,100, but as a manual the Jazz offers seriously impressive usability and everyday practicality for a very reasonable price.
The average age of a new Jazz buyer is 61, but Honda hopes the new connectivity features on the latest model will help to bring that down a little. Impressive safety features are a selling point for everyone, and people in need of maximum load space in a sub-four-metre car should walk this way.
If you think a used Honda Jazz is the right vehicle for you, don’t hesitate to take a look at the listings in our store. It could just be the car for you. We’ll be happy to help you out in whatever ways we can if you get in touch. A member of our team will assist you throughout the purchasing process.
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