A new feature, available on the 1.4-engined models, is the 'Double Trunk'.
A new feature, available on the 1.4-engined models, is the 'Double Trunk'. It is a clever piece of kit that makes the most of the 337-litre boot space. It has four functions with under-floor storage and a base that is split between solid and a framed cargo net to stop things rolling about. A variety of positions can be found including forming a shelf with the net above. Unfortunately, the base of the boot in the smaller-engined car is somewhat flimsy and doesn't look capable of carrying anything to weighty, although I'm sure that isn't the case.
The 'Magic seats', which proved popular in the old Honda Jazz, have been retained and improved in the new one. The flip-up, cinema-style squabs are now easier to use and simply lifting the front supports, 'snaps' the seats against the backrests, leaving a sizeable space in between the front and back seats, capable of carrying larger items up to 1200mm tall.
Alternatively, the 2:1 seat backs fold flat to extend the boot floor, creating room enough to carry two mountain bikes in an upright position. For longer items, the front passenger seat reclines, making the Honda Jazz a flexible load carrier with a maximum capacity of 883-litres.
But that is not all; as well as the two-tier glove box, the upper section is refrigerated on the 1.4 ES and EX models, there's plenty of oddments trays and pockets with no less than 10 cup- and bottle-holders dotted around the cabin.
Just as the outside now has sharper looks, the inside too has an altogether more modern feel. The fascia has a lot more curves and contours than before and the centre consol has been redesigned. It is angled towards the driver and features a single CD/RDS radio with MP3/WMA playback facility and speed-sensitive volume control. The buttons and dials are well laid out and within easy reach but arranged around the outside of the chrome-effect panel are the three climate control dials, which tend to make it look untidy.
The instrument nacelle is not much better with protruding silver surrounds to the outer dials, which flank the central speedometer and its LCD information display. I did however, like the gunmetal faces and that the panel is backlit at all times.
Honda Jazz Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda Jazz|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||110 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / 90,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 22/12/08)||£10,759|