Unadulterated practicality has for ages been the power of the Honda Jazz, the brand new one takes that to another amount
The brand new Honda Jazz is not the most affordable, fastest or cleanest supermini on sale, but it is brilliantly packaged and is refreshingly honest in what it offers. The dazzling Magic Seats really are a blessing -- and also the broad, low load bay causes it to be much more practical than many cars in the class above. We had stick together with the mid-spec SE, however, as at more than 16,000 this EX starts to seem rather expensive. Honda has sold a whopping 5.5 million Jazz versions globally since the innovative hatchback debuted in 2001. It currently accounts for 40 per cent of all Honda's UK revenues -- and as many as 80 per cent of buyers have had one before. That's a degree of brand devotion the likes of Volkswagen and Ford can just dream of. But the new Jazz comes during a busy year for Honda. The CRV has been given a brand new nine-speed gearbox, the very first Civic Type Rs are already rolling off the production line, and an all-new hr v will be in dealers next month. So can this third-generation car still cut it in the super-competitive supermini section? Having a new Mazda2, facelifted VW Polo and refreshed Peugeot 208 already on sale plus a host of new models in route, it's a difficult time to start a new car. * Finest superminis to buy now In terms of design, the brand new car is totes more desired thanks to affect from your new hr v and tweaked Civic. Click here It gets the now-familiar family face, high window line and sharp body creases, in addition to a practical and logically laid out interior.
It's big, too. The wheelbase is 30mm more, and from bumper to bumper the newest car has grown by way of a considerable 95mm. Used Audi q3 That means back seat passengers enjoy 115mm more legroom and an added 20mm round the shoulders. Knee room has swollen by 65mm -- with Honda maintaining that final figure is actually large enough to equal a Mercedes S-Class. But that's not all. The boot has exploded, too. At 354 litres it's 17 litres larger than before, and shames rivals like the Kia Rio (288 litres) and Renault Clio (300 litres) for outright space. The lip is really low, and when you fold down the back seats, you'll show a cavernous 1,314-litre load bay -- surpassed only by the enormous Nissan Note (1,495 litres). Like before, all Jazz models get Honda's amazing Magic Seat setup, letting the back seat to fold fully flat in a fleet and simple-to-operate single movement. It is really handy and makes the Jazz one of the most practical cars in its class.
What's more, the foundations really fold upwards, also, enabling you to slide larger things in the rear instead of into the marginally narrower boot. The doors open nice and wide and there is not a lot of intrusion in the rear wheel arch, either. Up front, all but the base S model get the seven-inch touchscreen in the new HRV, with Garmin satnav standard on the higher-spec Navi cars. The latter is a 610 choice on SE and EX models, and while the images are a bit archaic, it's simple and straightforward to use. You can find lots of cubbies and storage areas dotted round the cabin. The door bins aren't best-in-class, but there's enough space for a water bottle and there are two further cupholders ahead of the gearlever -- as well as one to the left (or right on UK cars) of the steering wheel. There's a bin behind the handbrake, plus a decent-sized glovebox for odds and ends.
So that's the practicality box ticked. How about engines? The old car was available using a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 petrols, as well as a CVT-equipped Hybrid. The brand new auto starts afresh and offers just a 101bhp 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol. Unlike rivals, it's naturally aspirated -- though Honda chiefs did hint a small turbo might be on the cards. Around town it is nippy enough and the ride is noticeably more compliant than before. You'd never describe the Jazz as fast, but speed builds steadily and in a linear manner -- at least until higher in the rev band when the iconic VTEC system provides the engine a little extra increase. The steering is direct and offers loads of feel, and body control is great. It is no sports car, but feels on a level with other comfort-biased cars in this class. The Ford Fiesta stays class champion if you prefer a fun to drive supermini, but the Jazz is an altogether more grown-up alternative.
This characteristic is helped by the addition of a sixth gear on guide models. Gears one to five have lower ratios but the sixth cog was lengthened for quieter cruising. Wind noise is nicely supressed thanks to added insulation in the wheelarches and behind the dash, and on the motorway it feels like a significantly larger, more refined car compared to the outgoing version. It is relatively efficient too. Honda isn't truly interested in fleet buyers, so a sub-100g/kilometers diesel isn't a precedence -- neither is a super-expensive Hybrid. But the 1.3 offers a decent compromise, with 56.5mpg fuel economy and 116g/km CO2 emissions. Spec the larger 16-inch wheels on our EX-trimming automobile and those amounts worsen to 55.4mpg and 120g/km respectively. The CVT is marginally more economic, but the inferior driving characteristics mean we'd give it a miss unless you absolutely have to have an auto gearbox. Entry level S versions will emit merely 106g/kilometers -- though that simply represents a 10 yearly economy for private buyers.
Bucking the trend for personalisation and discretionary extras, Honda needs to offer all the significant bits of kit as standard. That means all autos get Bluetooth, DAB, cruise control and vehicle lights included -- along with air con and electric windows front and back. Upgrade in the fundamental S to mid-spec SE and you'll reap the benefits of alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen and allround parking sensors. All the core safety systems are included on the SE, too, from forward collision warning, to lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. It's the SE we'd go for, though the main EX adds all of the goodies -- including 16-inch alloys, a rear view camera, climate control and also a leather steering wheel. As mentioned, satnav is a 610 alternative. At the beginning of the year Honda had among the earliest center product varieties in the united kingdom. By the end of next month -- thanks to the improvement of the Jazz and no less than four other new or revised models -- it will be boast the most youthful. (Motor Trend)As we said, it is rather a busy year for the brand, along with the new Jazz reveals it is finally pointing in all of the appropriate ways.