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Honda Jazz (2015 - )

Last updated 27 January 2016

 
5
Superbly practical and versatile. Plenty of room for four adults to travel in comfort. Much improved steering and handling. Impressive refinement makes it a surprisingly good motorway cruiser.
Only one engine choice which lacks low down response. Taller drivers may find legroom tight. Expensive to buy new.
Updated 5 December 2015

Report of sticking parking brake system on new 2015/65 reg Honda Jazz.

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Introduction

The Honda Jazz is something of an unsung hero among small hatches. Unfairly derided for its sensible image and traditionally more 'mature' owner, the Jazz has never quite had the appeal of the likes of the Volkswagen Polo. But maybe this third generation Jazz is the car that will finally change that.

This Jazz takes all the strengths of its predecessot - namely clever packing, an incredibly practical interior and tardis-like amounts of space - and builds on them to create one of the best small hatches on sale.

It does of course retain Honda's ingenious 'magic seats' that fold and flip in various configurations to allow you to carry surprisingly large items - like plants, upright vacuum cleaners and bikes. Yet there's no even more interior room, a larger boot and plenty of clever little touches to make every day life easier. It has the room and versatility to shame much larger cars.

There have been big improvements to the interior quality and finish, while this Jazz is also one of the most refined small cars around with little road noise and a superbly forgiving ride. It has the feel of a much bigger car on the motorway with high comfort levels and a relaxed nature. Honda has managed to make the Jazz much better in corners too, with lots of grip and nicely weighted steering.

Just one engine is available - a 1.3 i-VTEC which does lack low down response as it's not turbocharged. But it has more than enough power for the little Jazz and is very quiet. It also works very well with both the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT automatic.

The one thing the Jazz is not is cheap. New prices start at £13,495 for the entry S model which is deently equipped, but a mid-spec SE model with the CVT gearbox is £16,095. That looks pricey even alongside a Volkswagen Polo - traditionally one of the more expensive small hatches. 

But the Jazz is well equipped for that money and comes with pretty much all the extras you want. Add in its big car feel along with a  high quality finish and the Honda starts to justify its higher price tag. Plus of course no other small car offers as much interior space and practicality as the Jazz - helped by its clever 'magic seats'. It's simply the most versatile small car on sale and one that's easy to recommend.

Honda Jazz 2015 UK Road Test 

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