By Jay Khan, August 29, 2014
Model spec: Honda Jazz ES Plus Price: £14,495.00 Engine: 1.4 iVTEC Petrol
BHP / Torque: 97 / 127 Max Speed: 110 CO2: 129g/km 0-62mph: 12.5 seconds
Economy/Range: 48mpg combined Tax: £110/year
“The Jazz is exactly what Honda say it is flexible, practical and efficient, if you own a beard and a roll-neck jumper then the Jazz might be the car for you.”Magic Seats are essentially rear bench seats which rest on a foldable metal bar, with nothing in between, and this opens up a world of space within a space. The seats can be folded vertically or horizontally and standard boot space can be increased from 350 litre’s up to 1,400 litre’s with the rear seats folded flat. If you are looking for handling nirvana you will definitely not find it in the Jazz. It rides ok and handling wise, well lets just say the people who buy the Jazz aren’t after driving thrills. Practicality, economy, cheap maintenance and running costs are higher on the agenda. The 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine is a very smooth unit, whisper quite at low revs and refined when crunching through the five speed gearbox but it lacks straight-line punch. The quietness of the engine is undone by road and tyre noise at motorway speeds, perhaps the 48mpg combined fuel economy might be somewhat of an antidote. Equipment levels are modestly good ES Plus gets you 16-inch alloys, cruise control and privacy glass, usb connectivity but no Sat-Nav which would have been preferable over say the leather steering wheel and gearknob. The Jazz is exactly what Honda say it is flexible, practical and efficient, if you own a beard and a roll-neck jumper then the Jazz might be the car for you.