HONDA

HONDA JAZZ HATCHBACK 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid SE 5dr eCVT

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2102 g/km

JAZZ CLUB

The fourth generation version of Honda's Jazz supermini looks to shake off its image as the senior citizen's poster child. June Neary checks it out.

Will It Suit Me?

Although it's fair to say that my days of being asked for ID when buying alcohol are but a distant memory, I'm not about to pick up my free bus pass just yet. Nevertheless, the news that I was about to get a Honda Jazz on test generated a whole week of ribbing from my other half, not helped by the discovery of a packet of Werthers Originals and some Tenalady pads in the glovebox that one of the wags in the office had slipped in when it arrived. If age brings wisdom, then it's surely a compliment that so many older buyers have chosen the Jazz over its rivals. Older buyers want a comfortable and practical car that's easy to drive, easy to get in and out of and which offers excellent reliability. So do I. Although Honda is starting to bring younger customers on board with models like the HR-V crossover, it might take a while. In the meantime, I think I'm thick-skinned enough to put up with the jokes, although it did get a bit much when the car was given an office nickname based on a piece of intimate jewellery featured on The Only Way Is Essex. That one was nipped quickly in the bud.

Practicalities

The latest MK4 model certainly still looks like a Jazz. Slightly bulbous and unthreatening it remains but some of the detailing is now a bit sassier. At the front, the split A-pillars are designed to improve forward visibility and there's a pair of larger headlights and a chunkier bumper compared to the old model. It's still pretty compact though, measuring in at about 4-metres in length. At the rear, the previous model's vertically-stacked lights make way for more conventional horizontal units. Choose the SUV-inspired Jazz Crosstar model and you get roof rails, an elevated ride height, black plastic cladding around the wheel arches, two-tone paint and a bespoke grille, all in an attempt to introduce more of a Crossover vibe to this supermini. Inside, Like most Hondas, it never really feels heavy and bulletproof in the way a German car does, but you have faith that it's put together with an almost fanatical attention to detail. I liked the huge windscreen that imparts a genuine feel of airiness up front. I liked the wider 'body-stabilising' front seats supposed to reduce fatigue on longer journeys and the dash has a more minimalist, uncluttered look. Its centre touchscreen has smartphone-style swipe technology and incorporates wireless 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. There's also a digital instrument cluster. Otherwise the Jazz formula is as good as it ever was. Honda's 'Magic Seats' continue whereby the back seats can fold down in one fluid motion into the footwell with the headrests in place. Lift up the rear seat cushion against the rear seat back and there's a tall protected space in the rear seat footwells for items like plants. Boot capacity measures 298-litres, with space extending to 1,203-litres with the 'Magic Seats' folded.

Behind the Wheel

The only Jazz engine choice is now a 1.5 litre i-VTEC mild hybrid petrol unit with 108bhp of power. It's mated to a CVT auto transmission, the sort of thing that feels jerky in a Prius but works smoothly here. Most of the time at the wheel of this Honda you'll be in 'Hybrid Drive', which combines the engine and the battery pack in the most efficient way possible while recovering electricity from deceleration and storing it for future use. 'EV Drive' forces the Jazz to run in electric-only mode (though it can only do that for very short distances). And the 'Engine Drive' setting combines the petrol engine and the electric motor output for maximum performance. In this mode, the e:HEV powertrain gives the Jazz a 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 108mph.

Value For Money

Where Honda has started to feel the pinch is in competition from rapidly improving Korean companies. The Jazz has always been one of the more expensive superminis and that continues to this day, with entry level pricing typically around £1,500 more than its Korean rivals. Now, it's true that you'll recoup some of that when the time comes to trade the Jazz in, but not all of it. I'd advise that you do the sums and drive all the rivals before coming to a decision on the Honda's relative value proposition. The range itself is relatively straightforward. Prices start at around £19,000 and there's a choice of four trim levels - 'SE', 'SR', 'EX' and 'Crosstar'. Specifications are generous across the range. Standard features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic headlights, plus there's 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Black paint will be the default cost-free option while six other paint shades are also available. The Crosstar version is exclusively available in two-tone combinations with a gloss-black roof. Infotainment and connectivity benefit from a much improved voice command system, the Honda 'Personal Assistant', first seen on the little Honda e. This is basically a next-generation voice control system in that it can respond to multiple commands: for instance "OK Honda, find me an Indian restaurant with WiFi and free parking". I tried that one myself.

Could I Live With One?

After accepting that you won't create much of a splash outside a fancy restaurant by pulling up in a Honda Jazz, things get a whole lot better. It has a lot of really useful qualities that demonstrate the detailed understanding Honda has of its core customers. Yes, those core buyers may be more into Billy Fury than Tinie Tempah but if they're smart enough to know a good thing when they see it, more power to them. I could manage with a Jazz quite well. It's a car that never has to try too hard and that's a refreshing quality in a market that's increasingly populated with shouty newcomers.

  • Electric front windows
  • Auto wipers

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electric parking brake
  • Brake hold function
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Brake assist function
  • Hill start assist

  • Vehicle stability assist

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection

  • Lane keep assist system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Idle stop
  • Electric power steering with variable gear ratio steering
  • Intelligent speed limiter
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Low speed following
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Multi-information display
  • 5" Monitor audio (AM/FM)
  • Econ mode

  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Aspheric door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Plastic interior panels

  • Front USB socket
  • Remote audio controls on steering wheel
  • 4 speakers
  • 'Shark fin' mobile antenna
  • DAB audio

  • Single exhaust tailpipe
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Automatic headlights with on/off timer, Coming/leaving home function

  • Climate control air conditioning

  • Front accessory power socket
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Tonneau cover
  • Passenger front seat pockets
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Driver and front passenger seat armrests
  • Painted door handles
  • eHEV emblem

  • Trunk light
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Front map lights

  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Driver SRS airbag (single stage inflation)
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Passenger SRS airbag cut-off device

  • Isofix points
  • Rear head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Magic seat flexibility system
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat
  • Isofix child seat restraint mechanism

  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Honda super locks
  • Immobiliser
  • Mirrors key fob operation
  • Front and rear side curtain airbag
  • Front seat belt with emergency locking retractor
  • Deflation warning system

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • 15" steel wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 0.7
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 79
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 87
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 88
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 102
  • CO2 (g/km): 82
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 56.3
  • CO: 0.052
  • NOx: 0.006
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 73
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89.5
  • CC: 1498

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 117.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 78.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 80.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 74.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 62.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 3.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 3.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.5

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 109
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: i-MMD
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 90000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 80
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 187
  • Engine Torque - NM: 253
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 109
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.4
  • Top Speed: 108
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 185/60 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 15" STEEL
  • Tyre Size Front: 185/60 R15

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1526
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4044
  • Width: 1694
  • Wheelbase: 2517

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1300
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1710
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 304
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Loading Weight: 410
  • Max. Roof Load: 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1203
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.1

  • Premium paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £550
  • Premium plus paint: £650

  • Premium pack - Jazz Hybrid: £675
  • Illumination pack - Jazz Hybrid: £845
  • Functional Fun Piano White - Jazz Hybrid: £795
  • Functional Fun Tuscan Orange - Jazz Hybrid: £795
  • Functional Finesse pack - Jazz Hybrid: £795

  • Solid - Crystal black: £0

  • Special solid - Platinum white: £550
  • Premium plus paint - Crystal Red: £650
  • Premium plus paint - Sunlight: £650
  • Premium paint - Midnight blue beam: £550
  • Premium paint - Shining Grey: £550

  • Cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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