The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Lacked all that jazz, but was perfectly practical

Starting price: £19,045

Pros

Easy to drive and park

Interesting use of loading space

Cons

Laclustre

Intro

There is just one engine type with the new Honda Jazz and that is a fully hybrid automatic.  It basically runs between petrol and electric power and is brilliantly economical.  The model is quite plain and certainly not a head turner. If you want to jazz up the Jazz then you need to opt for the Jazz Crosstar which is designed to give it that SUV feel.  Rivals are the Renault Clio through to the Ford Fiesta in this small car category.

We both had to go in with a neutral head with this car.  The Jazz certainly has a reputation for being popular with the older retired crowd (polite terminology) and even Kate’s Mother-in-Law whizzes around in one!

We were pleasantly surprised with the drive which was easy and effortless. The steering was light and parking in tight spots was an absolute cinch! 

The drive is not particularly exciting and leans more towards being practical and dependable (like a Mother-in-Law!).

Interior

The interior is not plush, but has everything you need within close proximity and actually feels quite spacious.  The dashboard, was visually fine, but the screen could have been stretched a little wider rather than squashing the information (mph etc) into a small space. The buttons on the steering wheel were logical and well positioned.  By upgrading to the ‘EX‘ Jazz you have the joy of a heated steering wheel and seats.  There is nothing like a warm bottom on a wintery morning! 

The Climate control dials are of a good size and simple to operate when driving.  Ideally you would want to upgrade above the entry level to get the more practical 9 inch rather than 5-inch touchscreen.  We actually liked the simplicity of the large tile icons which are easy to navigate and find music, maps etc…  The volume control is a knob which again is simple to operate when on the move.  The standard model lacks parking sensors which we feel are a must on every car.   We did, unfortunately find, even with the EX level, that the gear stick felt really cheap.  It ‘clonked’ into position when shifting between gear function.  The function letters P (parking) and N (neutral) are permanently in red whilst the other options remain in white.  We personally prefer the letters to light to correspond with the gear position.   That said the dashboard screen does highlight which ‘gear’ you are in. 

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats are easy to adjust and you can even pump the level up to give a sense of driving a small SUV. The visibility is very good and you certainly don’t feel like there are any blind spots.

The rear doors have a good opening which is always useful if you need to strap little people in. There are two isofix points and the rear seats are really only designed to fit two adults.  There are 3 belts, but we are not convinced by this middle seat which realistically would only allow for a small older child (no booster) to sit.  On a plus the floor runs flat from door to door and the car has both good legroom and height.  

Cups & Cubby

The car is well thought out for family life.  There are 2 USB ports in the front along with 2 in the rear.  The cup holders in the central console are not brilliant and really only fit one bottle.  However, on the far right and far left of the dashboard, both the driver and passenger have very a handy bottle / cup holder.  The main glove box has an additional mini glove box above it which is really handy for items such as sunglasses and tinned sweets for the older generation! 

The door bins are of a good size too for added storage.

For the rear passengers both front seatbacks have a deep back pocket plus a handy holder for a mobile phone. The door bins were quite small, but large enough for a bottle.

Boot Space

The boot size is a little smaller than its rivals at 304 litres. However, the boot opening is massive and low down which makes life easier when loading in shopping or an awkward / heavy pram.  Under the boot floor there is an additional glovebox size hidden storage area.

The exciting bit…. drum roll….. was not only did the rear seats fold conventionally (60/40 split), but you also had the option to flip up the base of each rear seat and clip them into place.  You then have this brilliant vertical space which is rather handy if you happen to be moving a large mirror or some tall plants!  Although we did see the potential to flip one seat up, when the boot is full, to throw a buggy or pram in the rear.

Summary

The Jazz lacks sparkle, but we were surprised with the practical functionality of this car. Worth a test drive.

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

304 litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4044 (L) x 1694 (W) x 1526 (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

62.8 (combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0 – 62 mph – 9.4 sec