Practicality and Boot Space
One of the reasons the Jazz is so popular with its loyal band of owners is the practicality it has offered in each of its iterations. As it is slightly taller than your average hatch there is more space for passengers and it’s easy to get in and out, especially if you are less mobile or particularly lanky.
The cleverest part is in the back though. The rear seats can fold down in the usual way, but the bottom half of the seat can also flip up if there’s no-one sat there to free up a huge vertical space which is perfect for carrying tall objects upright. Pot plants, furniture and even small bikes can slide in perfectly.
The cheapest models in the Jazz range have a small basic screen, LED headlights with an automatic high beam and - surprisingly – adaptive cruise control, which will maintain a distance from the car in front on the motorway if you ask it to.
We’d recommend saving up a little more for the SR version which costs an extra £1,300, or about £20 a month more on finance. That will buy you a more useful 9.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You’ll also get parking sensors at both ends of the car.
Moving up to the poshest EX adds a rear view camera and a Garmin sat-nav system which we found to be frustratingly tricky to use and outdated. It’s best to plug in your phone and use an app via the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The independent testers at Euro NCAP haven’t yet published results for the latest Jazz, but the two previous generations have both been awarded full five star scores and Honda will be very disappointed if the new car doesn’t get the same.
It’s certainly well stocked with airbags – as well as the usual ones for driver, passenger and the sides, the Jazz has a knee-protecting bag and one which pops up between the seats to stop occupants banging heads.
In terms of accident prevention tech it does pretty well too – partly because it is compulsory to get those precious five stars. It’s disappointing that the blind spot monitoring and a rear view camera are only standard on top models though.