Best buy: Honda Jazz
You'll like: Reliability; equipment
You won't: Ride, price, refinement
What’s it like?
The cute Jazz is fun to drive, well equipped and practical. It’s also spacious inside, with a big boot for a car of its size. The rear seats have a party trick, too – not only do the seat backs fold for a flat load space, but the seat cushions can tip up like cinema seats, so there’s a storage area big enough for a bike without its front wheel.
The Jazz has also been in the top three of the JD Power reliability survey for the past three years.
Which one should I get?
The original Jazz had a poor ride, but modified suspension in ’03 improved things. The Jazz was face-lifted in late ’04, with new lights and interior trim.
The 1.2-litre model might be tempting due to its better fuel economy, but not many were sold so you may struggle to find one. The 1.4’s extra power makes the most of the car’ enjoyable handling, and allows for easier motorway cruising.
The entry-level Jazz S comes with front airbags, child-seat points and central locking. It’s worth looking for the SE trim, which has air-con, anti-lock brakes and alloys. The SE Sport (Sport from ’04) adds climate control. The CVT auto gearbox was only available on 1.4 models from ’02 and comes with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.
What to watch out for...
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