Honda has refreshed their popular Jazz to spruce up its looks and performance.
- Refreshed styling
- Firmer, positive steering and improved ride
- Efficient engines and transmission
- Ride improved but could still be smoother
- CO2 on hybrid still more that competitors and over free congestion zone for London drivers
The Jazz was in need of a styling upgrade but Honda did not want to lose the characteristics that have made it a popular choice. New front and rear bumpers are the main parts to have influenced the look of the car, these have also been designed to reduce drag as the airflow passes over the Jazz's body and to avoid turbulence when the airflow detaches from the rear. Inside leather touches have been added including leather seats as standard on Hybrid HX and as an option on EX. Darker dashboard sets off orange backlighting on petrol and blue on Hybrid differentiates the range. Rear seats recline for passenger comfort. The popular CVT, constantly variable transmission that keeps the engine in a rev range where the car is most efficient is a standard feature on the Hybrid and option on petrol. The established 1.2-litre and best-selling 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines remain in the Jazz range and to compliment the launch of the Hybrid variant, these two petrol engines have benefited from some small reductions in CO2 values and improved fuel economy. The 1.4-litre manual variant with manual transmission has emissions starting at 126 g/km down from 128 g/km and uses 51.4mpg on the combined cycle. The fuel sipping 1.2 litre engine uses 53.3mpg and also drops two grams of CO2 to 123g/km. The Jazz Hybrid is an ultra-efficient car with a combined fuel consumption figure of 62.8 mpg - and with the same super-smooth electric system as the Insight, even more fuel is saved around town. Suspension has been revised to increase ride comfort although still a bit jumpy.
Need To Know
Best Models: Jazz Hybrid & 1.4-litre CVT
Worst Models: 1.2-litre
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