Simple ideas, big results. The fuel tank fits beneath the front seats, meaning the Honda Jazz offers an impressive luggage storage area, bettering many from the class above, although the hybrid system eats into space in petrol-electric models.

The Honda Jazz also offers versatile multi-folding seats, but by stretching the exterior dimensions slightly over the previous generation car - length by 55mm, width by 20mm and wheelbase by 50mm - it offers even more space.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The beauty of the Jazz is that it is so easy to live with

Honda really does have it licked when it comes to interior flexibility. Flip the rear seatbases up to get a bike in behind the front seats or fold all the back seats down to turn the Jazz in to a small van.

Then there is the novelty of a multi-position parcel shelf, or ‘double trunk’ in Honda speak, which divides the boot space to your specific.

Designed by the man responsible for the European Civic, the Jazz apes that car’s raised central bonnet section and uses more angular lines than its predecessor. Extending the length and width, while keeping the height unchanged, has made the Jazz appear (slightly) less functional and boxy. This effect is helped by the more steeply sloping rear roof line and optional panoramic roof.

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There’s never been any sign of a sportier three door Jazz, with Honda sticking to the supermini-cum-MPV styling that has served it so well over the years - the Jazz is a constant among the best-selling superminis.

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