Jazz 1.5 i-MMD EX CVT
Jazz supermini has, over
its three previous generations,
notched up in excess of seven
and a half million sales world-wide;
half a million of those have been in
the UK. Now the all-new fourth-gen
has arrived restyled, revitalised
and with hybrid power...
BUILT BY HONDA. That alone says a great deal about every model wearing
the Japanese carmaker's stylised 'H', including this technically-polished new
Jazz. And that's because Honda is run by dedicated engineers, so what you get
when you buy into the brand is the automotive equivalent of 'a better mousetrap'.
This new-look Jazz is a smidgen bigger than its predecessor but still fits comfortably
into the supermini class. One particularly striking feature is the 'wide view'
front screen. This owes much to the über-slim A-pillars and offers the driver
a brilliantly unobstructed view of the road ahead a real boon in the
cities and urban landscapes where many Jazz models will spend much of their
Jazz's space-maximising four-metre bodyshell is fronted by an appealing nose
defined by large light units stylishly cut into the front wing-tops and short,
sharply angled bonnet. A rising waistline runs back to a fluent tail treatment
that lends the Jazz an almost sports estate rear-end and visually slims down
the generous glasshouse. So, refreshingly contemporary with a slick twist
and modish enough to appeal to a wide range of buyers, from young family 'units'
to kids-flown empty-nesters.
big enticement for
both repeat and first-time
Jazz buyers will be the
hybrid powertrain and
no plugging-in required
because its totally
Two electric motors are
hooked up to an efficient
1.5-litre petrol engine
to generate 107bhp
backed up by 187lb ft
of torque so, plenty of
usable power whether
youre pootling around
the houses or cruising
from coast to coast...
big enticement for both repeat and first-time Jazz buyers will be the hybrid
powertrain and no plugging-in required because it's totally self-charging.
Two electric motors are hooked up to an efficient 1.5-litre petrol engine to
generate a combined 107bhp backed by 187lb ft of torque so, plenty of
usable power whether you're pootling around the houses or cruising from coast
The performance figures confirm it's surprisingly brisk too: off the line to
62mph takes a crisp 9.5 seconds while the top speed is 108mph. Both better that
you may be expecting from 'just' 107bhp plus there's the added bonus of green-ish
tailpipe emissions at a low 104g/km.
Three driving modes ensure the hybrid is as efficient as can be wherever you're
driving. First is Electric Drive (EV) for pull-aways and low speed motoring:
press the Start button and apply some welly… the Jazz will initially move off
using battery power alone, so getting off the line is always swishly done. Next
up is Hybrid Drive which sees the petrol engine and electric motor working in
concert to deliver optimum power when you're accelerating or overtaking.
The third mode is Engine Drive. This kicks in during sustained high-speed cruising
when a clutch locks up the engine to the front wheels (generally it's the principal
electric motor that powers them) to increase cruising efficiency. If you think
all this sounds complicated don't worry because you, personally, don't need
to lift a finger the i-MMD (Intelligent Multi Mode Hybrid Drive system)
does it all for you, always engaging the most suitable mode for the circumstances.
And this new Jazz's economy is certainly persuasive: officially it's an impressive
61.4mpg in the combined cycle but over a week's hard driving we beat that to
record a smile-inducing 64.7mpg in a real-life mix of road and traffic conditions.
And all without pressing the Eco button use it and you may beat us!
just a smidgen over four metres nose-to-tail, the urban-friendly Jazz still
manages a space-creating 2.5-metre wheelbase. Getting in (and out again) is
quick and slick, courtesy of the body's height, generous door apertures and
wide-opening doors. Once aboard you sit commandingly tall while still enjoying
a fist-and-a-half of headroom. The seats are shapely with light but effective
bolstering and smartly upholstered in a fabric and leather combo. Support for
your back and shoulders is good and each front seat occupant enjoys plenty of
personal space, height-adjustable belts, and three-stage heating.
new hybrid Jazzs
economy is persuasive:
officially its an
impressive 61.4mpg in
the combined cycle but
during a weeks hard
driving we beat that,
averaging a smile-
inducing 64.7mpg in
a real-life mix of road
and traffic conditions.
And all without pressing
the Eco button
use it and you may
spot-on driving position, helped by über-slim windscreen pillars that really
do give a widescreen view of the road ahead, offers excellent visibility to
all points of the compass. The multifunction steering wheel's controls (including
for the heated rim, cruise, and voice commands) are all clearly labelled and
a cinch to use on the go, plus the left-foot rest is set at just the right angle
for long distance comfort exactly what you want in a two-pedal car.
In-cabin storage space is in equally good supply with not just one but two gloveboxes,
large dual-use cupholders at each end of the dash (they also come in handy for
all sorts of oddments) plus there's a third cupholder in the central console,
an armrest-capped bin between the front seats, a good-sized tray ahead of the
selector lever served by twin USB ports (one fast charging), and practical bottle-holding
In addition to all the kit mentioned elsewhere you get all the 'must haves'
such as keyless Smart Entry and Start, parking camera (with on-screen active
grid plus three different views along with a bird's eye overview), parking sensors
(front and rear), a distinctive set of alloy wheels, 'magic' rear seats, electric
parking brake with autohold, heated powerfolding door mirrors (on-demand and
automatic on locking and leaving), four one-shot up/down windows, drive-off
auto door locking, traffic sign recognition, auto wipes and lights, auto dip/main
beam switching and, as you'd expect, a comprehensive comms package.
is provided by Honda's Connect infotainment and navigation system which features
Garmin SatNav and a 9-inch touchscreen that 'floats' in the centre of the fascia.
With crisp graphics and attractive colours, the SatNav is foolproof and delivers
crystal-clear spoken directions in good time and takes full postcode destination
entry (the on-screen keyboard is particularly nice to use).
CarPlay and Android Auto provide hassle-free smartphone mirroring plus there
are some useful built-in apps. Naturally DAB, Bluetooth hands-free, and an eCall
SOS button are all part of the package. Ahead of the driver the digital instrument
panel is also well presented, with easily taken-in info. Appreciated touches
include the posted speed limit displayed alongside the large digital road speed;
we also like the way it flashes subtly if you exceed the limit without making
you feel like a criminal.
you might think
city car when you look
at it, once you get
behind the wheel youll
be pleasantly surprised
because the Jazz
is not only zippy to drive,
but puntable too.
is well fettled while the
keeps it in the game.
The battery pack lives
under the floor and helps
keep the Jazz planted
and reassuringly stable
when cruising quietly
and smoothly at the
tech is comprehensive with Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation
Braking (slows the Jazz if it suspects a potential collision while also recognising
cyclists and pedestrians), ten airbags, including one for the driver's knees
and another between the driver and passenger that inflates to keep them safely
apart in a major side crash brilliant!
Also standard-fit are Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist (now with road-edge
sensing), Blind Spot information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Vehicle Stability Assist,
Road Departure Mitigation, adaptive cruise control, intelligent speed limiter,
tyre deflation warning, and LED daytime running lights.
You relax in the Jazz's rear cabin in supportive and well-cushioned seats. While
three adults across the back is doable, most owners will likely be travelling
à deux or carrying youngsters behind them. Grown-ups seated in the back
will benefit from loads of foot- and knee-room and legroom that's especially
generous for a city car; they'll also enjoy a fist of headroom and backrests
set at chillaxing angles. With doors that open to ninety degrees, entry and
exit is easy.
More good news is the expansive visibility out courtesy of the tapering front
seatbacks which allow clear views forward, and long and deep side windows (lovers
of fresh air will appreciate that the glass drops fully into the door). Other
niceties include the nifty 'patch pockets' at the top edges of the front seatbacks
(perfect for phones); lower down there are larger 'normal' soft pouches. A pair
of fast charge USBs and bottle-holding door pockets are also provided.
iconic 'magic' seats really are a great idea and magically easy to use:
flip up either seat base (or both) as you would a cinema seat, then lock it
vertically in one single move. Simples! You now can use the rear passenger compartment
to carry tall items as wide as the cabin. Getting them in or out is a doddle
too thanks to a minimal central floor tunnel, low side sills and those 90-degree-opening
doors. Even when the seats are occupied the space beneath them is accessible
and makes the ideal place to stow squashy luggage or kids' backpacks.
all-new Jazz has been upgraded in every department; and it rides far more fluently
than its predecessor. And while you might think 'city car' when you look at
it, once you get behind the wheel you'll be pleasantly surprised because the
Jazz is not only zippy to drive, but puntable too. The suspension is well fettled
while the direct-feeling steering keeps it in the game. The hybrid's battery
pack lives under the floor and helps keep the Jazz 'planted' as well as reassuringly
stable when cruising quietly and smoothly at the legal limit.
bodyshape benefits not
only people but also their
luggage with the rear
seats in use it will
swallow a practical 304
litres; fold both
seatbacks down and this
opens up a 1,205-litre
loadbay made better by
a seamless cargo bay
floor. Whatever youre
carrying, from flatpack
furniture to the family
pooch, theres room and
useful is the 'engine braking' that's on call at any time simply move
the selector lever back from Drive to the 'B' position; the effect is the same
as dropping down a gear or two in a car with a manual gearbox. In the Jazz it's
not too severe (which is good) but still strong enough to slow the car down
descending a steep hill while simultaneously boosting the battery pack. It's
also very useful when zipping along country roads where it gives you more dynamic
control through the twisties.
The brakes, often the Achilles' heel of hybrid cars (due to having to provide
conventional stopping while at the same time capturing regenerative energy to
feed the battery pack) are exactly right on the Jazz. Honda's engineers have
done a fine job with them and you can anchor-up progressively and without drama
at all speeds.
The Jazz's tallish bodyshape benefits not only people but also their luggage
with the rear seats in use it will swallow a practical 304 litres; fold
both seatbacks down and this opens up a 1,205-litre loadbay made better by a
seamless cargo bay floor. A clever detail is that when the backrests are dropped
forward and down the seat bases also sink fully into the floor to maximise the
height available for cargo. Whatever you're carrying, from flatpack furniture
to the family pooch, there's room and to spare. Talking of which, yet another
neat touch is the 'fitted' protective rubber boot liner; it pulls out easily
for a quick hose-down after your four-legged friend returns from the woods!
Getting stuff loaded is easy and is made even more so by a low boot sill and
high-rising tailgate; the load cover is a straightforward lift-up parcel shelf.
Unexpectedly there's also a large under-boot storage compartment accessed via
a lift-up floor section. Taken along with the 'magic' up-folding rear seats
there's an amazing amount of cargo room for such a compact car without
doubt the Jazz's interior is the most versatile of any supermini.
There's a lot you can call this all-new Jazz: classy, economical, useful, safe...
but perhaps the most important thing is that your hard-earned money buys you
a clever and extremely versatile supermini with a full hybrid drivetrain. Canny
motorists who appreciate a bit of alright when they see it will love the genuine
64+mpg; their passengers will love the space. ~ MotorBar
Honda Jazz EX CVT
Maximum speed: 108mph | 0-62mph: 9.5 seconds | Test average: 64.7mpg
Power: 107bhp | Torque: 187lb ft | CO2: 104g/km