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There’s a lot to like about a Jazz, if you ignore your daughters

Reactions to the Honda Jazz have been decidedly mixed so far.

One of my daughters called it “embarrassing” and the other asked that I don’t drive her to school in it just in case anyone in her class should see it. Whether their reactions are a comment on the colour of the car or the car itself, or a combination of the two, I haven’t asked. Certainly, people in the street find my Attract Yellow car amusing, and I’ve discovered it tones in quite nicely with parking tickets.

Back at Autocar headquarters, I haven’t noticed the keys flying off my desk with quite the same alacrity as when I ran a Lexus long-term test car, or a Jaguar, or even a Nissan Qashqai. Alas, the Jazz is often unfairly derided as a car for old people, and only my pride prevents me from wondering why, when the young people in the office decided who was going to run the Jazz, it came my way. I prefer to think it was to do with my need for an economical runabout. 

Such prejudice is a pity because, curious colour aside, I rather like the Jazz. Indeed, one advantage of that colour must be visibility, which can only add to the Jazz’s already excellent safety credentials; it was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings and set a benchmark in the supermini class. All Jazz models now come with an active city braking system that operates below 20mph. Our SE Navi adds forward collision and lane departure warnings, too.

There’s certainly no shortage of interior space, either, and its practicality is proving a boon. Dropping the Magic Seats is the work of seconds and the boot space with them down is so voluminous that it could probably house another supermini within it.

Best of all, though, I’m seeing diesel-busting figures of more than 50mpg on longer journeys on the digital dashboard readout and more than 40mpg for my six-mile urban commute, a personal best. Proof that, as with all good Hondas, there’s more to this car than meets the eye. Just don’t be put off by the colour. 

Honda Jazz 1.3 I-VTEC SE NAVI

Price £15,605 Price as tested £16,105 Economy 42.9mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 20.7.16

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The Honda Jazz is a super-practical supermini that’s a doddle to drive and own, but lacking in excitement

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antwan 4 September 2016


A Type R halo model would be great! Championship White wheels make all of the difference!
smokescreen38 3 September 2016

Honda Jazz

Did the long-term test car come with the tartan flask & picinic blanket. Sorry but it maybe a good car in the same way a Nissan Micra is good. But it's never something your going to turn around from parking it & think wow I own that. Surprised Honda didn't bring in a Jazz type R from Japan. Something of a halo model. Didn't do Volvo any harm with the T5. The only Honda worth buying is the Civic type R. The rest of the range is so boring. Sorry rant over.
antwan 3 September 2016

A Current Jazz Owner

As a 31 year old bloke that has been running a 2007 Jazz for the last three four years I must say that it is okay as a small city runabout.
The only cons I have experienced:
At 55k the gearbox bearings gave up so it had to be reconditioned. Must be all of that torque tearing it apart.
Above 50mph the rear view mirror vibrates.
I am now cut up on a regular basis.
So so so so so so so slow.

Hopefully replacing it with an S5 at some point next year. Fancy a bit more speed.