The Honda Jazz is designed for an urban life and this is where it excels. The power steering feels light but of course this is perfect for inner city life.
Out of town the handling is predictable and safe but you are not going to be taking your Jazz out for a blast down your favourite ‘B’ roads and although the grip is relatively good body roll curbs enthusiasm.
The ride quality is very good and makes a good job of soaking up all but the most challenging of pot holes.
In summary the Honda Jazz is perfectly suited to city life and more sedate country driving.Ease of Use
Getting in and out of the Honda Jazz is effortless, the front doors open very wide and the sills are relatively low. The seating is high, so that should help those of you with mobility issues but the slightly swooping front ‘A’ pillar might be a problem.
Like the front doors, the rear ones open to a near 80 degrees, although the aperture is smaller than the front.
Once you are inside headroom is excellent for all occupants - shoulder room is also very good, only the middle rear seat passenger is going to complain, although the Jazz will seat five it is best suited to four adults.
The driving position is quite high, although the seat is adjustable for height. The back rest of the front seats is lever adjustable, Honda please use rotary dials, it so much easier to find the perfect back rest position. The leather bound steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and height.
All around vision is excellent with minimal blind spots, which makes parking a breeze especially with the light power steering. You can opt for parking sensors should you feel you need them. The side mirrors are large and offer very good rear view vision.
The instrumentation is clear and the controls are fairly well laid out, although the radio controls may look a little daunting. There are controls for the trip computer, cruise control and audio system on the steering wheel.
The Honda Jazz has a larger foot print than you might imagine, at 3900mm long x 1695 mm wide excluding mirrors (2029mm with) x 1525mm height. This compares to the Volkswagen Polo which is 3970mm x 1682mm (exc. Mirrors) x 1462mm.
The boot capacity is 335 litres, with the rear seats folded, which split on a 60/40 basis; you can accommodate 1320 litres to roof level. The VW Polo statistics are 280 litres and 952 with the seats down. The boot load lip 605mm from the ground which makes loading and unloading fairly easy.
Cleverly all Jazz’s come with what Honda call magic seats, what it really means is that the seating is flexible, the rear seats fold flat to the floor giving you a 1720mm long flat deck or by reclining the front passenger seat you can fit in a 2400mm long item down the length of the car, admittedly only on the passenger side. The rear seat bases can be locked up against the seat backs creating a second load area between front and rear seats to stow taller items in the rear foot-wells. The clearance here is 1280mm tall and items such as bikes, golf clubs, a folded wheelchair, tall plants and furniture can all fit in.
There is a double-boot on 1.4 models (not on the 1.2 or Hybrid) that comprises of a flexible folding floor, under-floor storage well and cargo net. The floor folds to create either a multi-layered load space or opens up to make use of the boot’s total volume. There a 230 mm deep under floor space which is ideal for storing sports gear or raincoats / umbrellas and once the lid is on, it keeps dirty objects separate from other luggage.
We did not count them but according to Honda there are 10 cup and bottle holders spread around the cabin – one at either end of the instrument panel, two in the centre console area and two for everyone on board. ES models and above have a two-tier air conditioned glove compartment.
The EXL model we were testing has a panoramic roof that extends the near length of the car – which gives an airy ambience. The glass roof is heat absorbent and there’s an electric blind which can be opened or closed to keep the cabin at the perfect temperature. There is rear privacy glass to protect rear seat passengers and to guard your cargo plus as you would expect there is a retractable load cover.
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