Jazz EX Style 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid e-CVT
have a T-shirt with a picture of
Stevie Nicks and the words Dont
A Lady, Be A Legend.
After a week
driving the new Jazz supermini
we feel that Honda should have one
that says Dont
Be A Supermini,
Be A Jazz...
NOW IN ITS FOURTH generation, the Jazz long the 'small' car to
beat for its class-leading practicality, versatility, reliability, solid engineering,
and uber-useful 'magic' seats now adds economical petrol-electric hybrid
power, a comprehensive suite of safety kit, and a swish interior to the mix.
The Jazz's hybrid powerplant utilises a pair of electric motors (putting out
108bhp and 187lb ft of torque) that work hand-in-glove with a fuel-sipping 97bhp
1.5-litre petrol engine. Between the engine and the motors there's enough get-up-and-go
for the Jazz to hit the benchmark 0-62mph from standstill in a respectable 9.5
seconds. Top speed is a more than adequate 109mph. The Hybrid's headline USP
is, of course, the fact that there's no plugging-in required as its battery
pack is a self-charger.
you are considering buying a Jazz, it's safe to say that you won't be expecting
to screech round corners boy-racer-like but prefer to swan along in a more laid-back
manner. So you'll be pleased to hear that this hybrid Jazz wafts along with
much more than just a pinch of panache. In fact, many road-testers consider
it to be one of the best-riding small cars out there.
buying a Jazz, its safe to
say that you wont be
expecting to screech
corners but will prefer to
swan along in a more
So youll be pleased to
hear that this hybrid Jazz
wafts along with much
more than just a pinch of
panache. In fact, many
road-testers consider it to
be one of the best-riding
small cars out there...
However, when it comes to pressing on it's more than up to the task. Thanks
to a sympathetically fettled suspension it does both the comfort bit and
the get-me-to-the-church-on-time thing. Despite its tallish roofline, predictable
road manners ensure making good progress through the twisties is on the menu.
The Jazz's no-nonsense also brakes merit a commendation: of the regenerative
kind which on some other hybrids can be decidedly snatchy
the Jazz's are well-modulated and agreeably smooth in stop-start city traffic.
Out on faster roads they'll readily provide all the stopping power you need.
Left to run in its default Hybrid mode the Jazz will mix and match ICE and NICE
without you really being aware of it (that's Internal Combustion Engine and
Non-Internal Combustion Engine power feeds). If you can drive with a 'light'
right foot, there's more good news: on a light throttle the electric motors
can bowl it along without any extra input from the 1.5-litre petrol engine so
at low speeds you're likely to be running for quite a bit of the time in the
Jazz's hushed electric mode.
That noted, you really don't have to worry whether it is petrol or electric
that's powering you along because even when it's running the engine isn't intrusive.
The hybrid powertrain makes use of an e-CVT autobox that serves up seamless
acceleration, noticeably so at lower speeds.
In Econ mode the Jazz is nippy and responsive; cruising at motorway speeds it's
agreeably refined and as happy as a lark. Economy-wise it's a real sweetie:
officially you can expect to see 61.4mpg. However, our test average over a week's
driving in the real world saw us hit an even better number 63.6mpg!
The first thing you'll appreciate on settling into the large and supportive
driver's seat is the visibility not only do you enjoy superb views
of the road ahead and to the sides (thanks to slim A-pillars, triangular quarterlights
ahead of the front doors, and a panoramic windscreen) but rearwards too through
the deep rear window. Best of all, the driving position feels nicely elevated:
more compact SUV than supermini.
smartly upholstered seats are very comfortable with light but effective bolstering
and powered adjustability that incudes height for the driver. Three-stage heating
is fitted to both front seats, as are height-adjustable seatbelts. The driver
also has a fist-and-a-half of headroom - and that's with the seat jacked up!
Shoulder room is good, there's space to spare to prevent inboard elbow clashes,
and even long-limbed six-footers will feel at ease in the front where they can
max out the legroom.
Econ mode the Jazz
is nippy and responsive;
cruising at motorway
speeds its agreeably
refined and as happy
as a lark. Economy-wise
its a real sweetie:
officially you can expect
to see 61.4mpg.
However, our test
average over a weeks
driving in the real world
saw us hit an even
nicer number: 63.6mpg!
big plus for the driver is that you sit in line with the pedals: so no punishing
hip, leg, or knee twisting is involved in placing your feet on the brake or
accelerator, which in turn makes it easy to stay comfortable on the longest
of road trips. Parking, too, is a cinch. And for that you can thank the first-rate
visibility as well as the Jazz's tight turning circle, surround parking sensors,
and a reversing camera that offers multiple views.
Posh is a word you don't hear so much these days, but the Jazz's cabin is noticeably
that. The interior has been designed to appeal and to satisfy physically and
visually with light-coloured (and pleated for extra comfort) fabric upholstery
and appealing soft-touch leather panels. The clean-cut dash boasts a high-def,
widescreen-format 9-inch infotainment touchscreen. All the switchgear is easily
found and feels engineered, with the easily adjusted controls for the climate
system all satisfyingly foolproof.
The centre console places the gear selector conveniently to hand, plus there
are elegant design touches such as the two-tone trim along with a cool-looking,
two-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel. As you'd expect, its multi-function
controls are all clearly marked, and the good-to-grip rim is heated.
Certainly one of the best packaged cars in its class, the Jazz supermini provides
masses of room for people and luggage within its space-efficient four-metre
length. And Honda hasn't forgotten to include plenty of in-cabin storage: there
are two gloveboxes stacked one above the other, the front door pockets hold
real-world bottles (including regular-sized 75cl vino), there's a practical
bin capped by the armrest between the front seats, a tray ahead of the gear
selector lever that doubles as a bed for a smartphone, and three large dual-use
cupholders one at each end of the dash and a third in the centre
are comprehensive and the new 9-inch touchscreen features a smartphone-style
display; the infotainment system offers plenty of features, supported by sharp
and bright graphics and quick menus. For those who prefer to run their phone
apps through the central touchscreen there's smartphone mirroring via wireless
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SatNav is provided by a built-in Garmin system
and the 3D mapping scores highly for ease of use, clarity, and its straightforward
spoken commands. You'll also find the de rigueur SOS button as well as four
USB/charging USB ports.
there's more: hands-free Bluetooth telephone operation, Honda's Connect infotainment
system and, letting you keep in touch with your Jazz from anywhere, a My Honda+
app for your smartphone; use it for numerous things, from locking and unlocking
your Jazz from afar to sending destinations to the SatNav.
interior space extends to
the rear cabin two tall
adult passengers can
travel behind you in
comfort with plenty of
leg, knee, foot, and
wriggle room to lounge
about while keeping their
heads clear of the roof.
The backrests are set at a
relaxing angle that will
be praised on long trips.
no question that
the Jazz offers first class
cabin space for four
grown-ups and given the
minimal central floor
for sure a
third can join the pair in
control for the navigation and audio is installed should you prefer to keep
your hands firmly on the wheel as much as possible. A four-speaker HiFi and
DAB radio are also part of the package. More digital tech sits dead ahead of
the driver in the form of a customisable digital instrument panel that's brilliant
to use with all the essentials such as an unmissable road speed readout.
Honda doesn't just give you good kit, but plenty of it, starting with Smart
Entry & Start as you approach the Jazz it senses your key fob
and unlocks the door for you. Once you're aboard there's a Start/Stop power
button close by the wheel press it and away you go! Locking and
leaving is also key-free; a finger tap on either front door handle will do the
In addition to the comprehensive comms already mentioned, and the powered fabric/leather
seats, standard equipment also includes must-haves such as the Jazz's very efficient
automatic AirCon (which does a lovely 'chill' on even the hottest days and come
the seasonal white stuff keeps you as snug as a bug in a bed), four one-shot-op
windows, tinted glass, electric parking brake with autohold, heated powerfolding
door mirrors (on-demand and automatically on locking and leaving), Crystal Black
rear spoiler and door mirror caps, shark fin aerial, embossed side mouldings,
a two-tone roof, and a set of unique two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels.
Honda takes safety very seriously, and all Jazz models are five-star EuroNCAP
rated and come fitted with Honda's Sensing suite: a full forward collision warning
system with automated emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist,
Collision Mitigation Braking, Blind Spot coverage, Adaptive Cruise Control with
Low Speed Following, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Intelligent Speed limiter, Cross
Traffic Monitor, Stability and Agile Handling Assists, and Road Departure Mitigation.
also benefit from bright LED headlights with automatic high/low beam switching,
LED daytime running lights, LED front and rear lights, auto lights and wipes,
a full tally of airbags front and rear including one for the driver's knee,
tyre deflation warning, traffic sign recognition, and whiplash-lessening front
Jazz's class-leading interior space extends to its rear cabin
two tall adult passengers can travel behind you in comfort with plenty of leg,
knee, foot, and wriggle room to lounge about while keeping their heads clear
of the roof. The backrests are set at a relaxing angle that will be praised
on long trips and views out through the long, deep side windows are good. There's
no question that the Jazz offers first class cabin space for four grown-ups
and given the minimal central floor tunnel, it's for sure a third can join the
pair in the rear.
and space aside, other features that your rear passengers will welcome include
large pouches on the front seatbacks with, above them, individual pockets for
smartphones, a pair of USB charging ports, and bottle-holding door pockets.
Child seat fixings are fitted to both the outer seats.
Jazzs 304-litre boot
is big by the class
large enough to maximise
the luggage count,
especially when slotting
in bulky holiday cases
below the rear
But it doesnt
drop the rear seats
and a 1,205-litre loadbay
roof; load to the window
line and theres
worthwhile 844 litres...
we mentioned the Jazz's 'magic' seats… If you've been to the cinema recently,
you'll know exactly what we mean when we tell you that the Jazz's 60:40-split
rear seat bases flip up like cinema seats. Lift either or both seat bases totally
upright and they can be locked in place in an instant. Then, and easily accessed
through the 90-degree-opening rear doors, you'll have a commodious full-width
separate loadbay that's fully isolated from the Jazz's everyday boot. That's
not just sleight of hand it's pure magic!
The Jazz's 304-litre boot is big by the class average and more than large enough
to maximise the luggage count especially when slotting in bulky holiday cases
below the rear parcel shelf. The boot also benefits from being closer to the
tarmac than many, and its load lip is helpfully low both features
being particularly useful when loading awkward items such as a fold-up pram
or bulky pushchair. Also very handy is the large underfloor locker, the high-lifting
tail, and the wide rear hatch.
And it doesn't end here: drop the rear seats and a 1,205-litre loadbay opens
up (that's to the roof; load to the window line and there's a still worthwhile
844 litres). But it's more than just any old loadbay this is a
Honda Jazz loadbay. For a start, and unlike the rear seats in other cars, when
the Jazz's rear backrests are folded down a clever mechanism allows their seat
bases to simultaneously sink into the footwells, giving you several extra inches
of height for cargo. Not only that, but the folded seatbacks sit perfectly flat
and level to create a seamless loadbay so long items don't snag on their way
in or out all nice touches you won't get with other brands.
Driving today is about so much more than just getting from A to B. In these
stressful times you need something as laid-back as it is practical and as relaxing
to drive as it is economical. What you need, in fact, is a Jazz in your
life! ~ MotorBar
Honda Jazz EX Style 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid e-CVT
Maximum speed: 109mph | 0-62mph: 9.5 seconds | Test Average: 63.6mpg
Engine: 97bhp/97lb ft | Electric Motor: 108bhp/187lb ft | CO2: 105g/km