Honda Jazz review
Joel Helmes has filed this Honda Jazz review.
The Honda Jazz is very much the entry level Honda, a five door city car with a starting price of just under $18,000.
I must admit I had never really taken too much notice of the Honda Jazz prior to having a drive so I really didn’t have any preconceived ideas on what it would be like.
Being a Honda of course I was expecting good build quality and overall a pleasant experience.
I can report that for what it is buying a Jazz could never really be a mistake.
If we start with a look around the outside of the vehicle I have to say that this is one of the best looking small cars getting around.
Reminiscent of the A-class Mercedes with that sloping bonnet and windscreen this high roof design is the best way to achieve the most cabin room.
All around the Honda Jazz everything feels nicely put together, I’m probably not a huge fan of the fake air vents built into the rear bumper though.
Inside there’s actually quite a lot of room for a car of its size, more than adequate head room, front and rear leg room is also respectable, and the boot space is actually quite generous.
The interior has a fun and funky type feel, being an entry level vehicle there’s a fair bit of hard plastic around the cabin and the seats are very much on the firm side.
There’s also adequate storage space around the cabin.
Under the bonnet you will find either a 1.3 litre petrol engine, or for about $2000 extra a 1.5 litre petrol engine.
My test car was powered by the smaller engine and really the 1.3 adequately moves the Jazz around, I personally wouldn’t worry about the upgrade.
The smaller engine also uses less fuel – a combined 5.8 litres compared to 6.7 litres per 100.
The only criticism of the engine in the Honda Jazz is that it does get a little noisy and feel a little harsh when you climb up a bit in the revs.
Every Jazz comes with a five star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up there’s no doubt you could easily find any number of alternative vehicles that will most likely cost you less than the Honda Jazz, you may also get a few little extras that you wouldn’t get in the Honda.
But there are few people who have a bad word to say about the Honda’s of 2012, I think it’s a quality little vehicle, with a fair degree of personality.
I’m giving the Honda Jazz a rating of four out of five.