Honda Jazz 2020 - A small car built to last
The Honda Jazz has never been the most striking looking small car, but it is a spacious, practical and ingenious machine - built to last. It's a little left-field of your standard small cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo, which makes it more appealing. It trumps just about all of its rivals when it comes to space and practicality, and now features an upgraded interior with higher quality materials and equipment.
We mustn't forget just how important and successful the Jazz has been for Honda. It has consistently sold in good numbers over the years all over the world, thanks to its reliability, build quality and value for money. The new Jazz features an all-new chassis based on Honda's Global Compact Platform, which has allowed for an improved suspension set-up and longer wheelbase. So, it was class-leading in interior space before, and now it's even more cavernous inside. Some of the extra length has increased safety, thanks to a larger crumple zone, which was needed to fall in line with the latest safety requirements.
Honda has announced that they will be bringing out an all-new Honda Jazz later in 2020 and its engine line up will be hybrid only, there will be no petrol or diesel options available. The new Jazz will be the first Honda in their line-up to be Hybrid, with the Honda Civic likely to follow closely after, sometime in 2021. For now, though we are focusing on the current Jazz with its combustion engines.
There are only three trim levels to choose from starting with the entry-level S, then the mid-range SE and finally the top-spec EX (each with varying levels of equipment). Each trim level is well priced with the entry-level, starting at a little under £15K and the top-spec available for less than £18K, which is a lot of car for the money. But is it worth it? Read on to help you decide.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Honda Jazz is only available with one engine choice at this moment in time. The Jazz comes with a 1.3-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine, developing 102hp and 123NM of torque. The engine in the Jazz can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed CVT automatic transmission. Of the two, the manual is the better option as the CVT gearbox can rev the engine a little hard and become noisy. Both transmissions offer good economy figures achieving combined WLTP of 48.7mpg.
When you nail your foot to the floor using the manual transmission, the Jazz will accelerate from 0-62mph in a leisurely 11.2secs and will climb up to a top speed of 118mph. Not the quickest, but the Jazz isn't designed for racing, like some sporty rivals in its class. Opt for the automatic and it will take 12secs to achieve the same feat while the top speed drops to 113mph.
The new Honda Jazz handles and performs on the open road better than before, with increased grip and reduced body roll compared to its predecessor. The steering is sharp and responsive, yet still light to make parking and manoeuvring around town easy. The ride in the Jazz is smoother thanks to the new suspension set-up, which helps to minimize the bumps and rattling from the potholes of the British roads.
Interior Quality and Technology
The inside of the Jazz has been given a mini overhaul and is now more stylish with added trim pieces and other quality materials. There is a mixture of soft and hard plastics, but all feel sturdy, and all knobs and buttons are located in great positions and within easy reach of the driver.
The entry-level S trim doesn't get the greatest amount of kit as standard, but there are optional extras available. What you do get as standard is a 5-inch colour screen supporting a DAB radio with CD Player and Bluetooth Connectivity and cruise control with speed limiter to name just a few.
Move up to the SE trim, and you get a 7-inch colour touchscreen supporting the Honda Connect infotainment system with optional sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio, to go along with added safety features including parking sensors front and rear.
The front seats are manually adjustable forwards and back and up and down, making finding a comfortable driving position very easy. The seats are soft, comfortable and relatively supportive, as well as accessible, thanks to wide-opening front doors.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The inside space of the Honda Jazz is its party piece and makes it the clear class leader in this department. No matter what shape and size adults jump in the front, they will find an abundance of legroom and headroom. Moving into the back and space remains equally as impressive with stacks of headroom thanks to the high roofline and a generous amount of legroom. Two adults will fit easily and comfortably in the back, although trying to squeeze a third could be a little tight and should be left to shorter journeys.
There are various storage compartments such as three cupholders in the front, generous door pockets and a cubby under the centre armrest. The boot, again, is class-leading, with a capacity of 354-litres rising to a capacious 1314-litres with the rear "magic seats" folded away.
The Jazz features a host of the latest safety technologies and features as standard such as; multiple airbags, City Brake Active System, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist to list just a few. With this list of standard safety features, it's no surprise that the Jazz scored a top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests. Higher spec models get traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
The Honda Jazz has always come across as more of an older person's car, due to the lack of sportiness and unimpressive performance figures, it certainly would not help your street cred. Honda has made the Jazz more appealing, but it still won't get many young adults rushing out to buy one, as it just doesn't have the same curb appeal that the Fiesta and Corsa have. If you can look past the exterior styling and you favour practicality and functionality over glitz and glamour, then the Honda Jazz could very well be the car for you.