Clever interior redefined the small car. Most space efficient small car built. Very reliable first 3 - 4 years.
Can be expensively unreliable at over 5 years old. 110PS 1.5 litre engines were never available in the UK.
Latest Update Honda Jazz 2001-2008: Nice story: 2004 Jazz CVT suffered transmission judder cured by change of Automatic Transmission Fluid under warranty at 3 years old. In January 2013 suffered same problem and, remarkably, Honda footed the bill for a second change of ATF, which cured it.
28-12-2-12: Report of 6 year old Jazz needing a complete new set of locks after they all became sticky and eventually failed. Cost £576.
28-12-2012: 10th least likely car built 1997-2009 to suffer expensive problems according to Warranty Direct December 2012 Reliability Index, with an index of 21.
The Honda Jazz was Japanese Car of the Year 2001 and remained the best-selling car in Japan for many years, finding 20,000 new owners every month and 36,000 more on the waiting list. Its 'magic seats' interior put it ahead of the entire crop of new small cars. It still beats everything else on versatility, economy, specification and price. Just like the Model T Ford in 1909 and the Mini in 1959, it was (and still is) the right car at the right time.