We have owned our second 1.4 SE for six months now, having traded in our first after 18 months of trouble-free motoring.
The build quality is excellent, with no hint of any trim rattles.
The ride of the latest model has improved noticeably on the earlier one, although we have never managed to achieve the magical 50mpg consumption which Honda seems to think is the norm.
The car's big plus point has been the "magic" seats. It's surprising how many times you use the amazingly versatile loading arrangement. I recently picked up a 32-inch TV in the Jazz, having failed to manoeuvre it into the back of our Golf.
The 1.4-litre engine is powerful enough to make light work of both cruising at the motorway limit and the hills of the Yorkshire dales.
My 75-year-old mother-in-law was so impressed with our first car that she bought an automatic 1.4 SE CVT when she decided to change her VW Polo in September '03.
She loves the electric power steering, air-conditioning in the warm weather and, after some initial wariness, wouldn't contemplate driving any other car than an automatic in the future. The CVT transmission is very smooth and, unlike a standard auto 'box, completely stepless.
Snappy to drive and the flip-up rear seat is an excellent feature - you can get a folded wheelchair upright behind the front seats. Rear parcel shelf poor, in that it doesn't rise when the door is opened. Audio equipment (radio in mine - 2003 model) could be better.
I have owned this car for about two years now and I don't have any problems at all. But the second service from Honda was very expensive!
The power of the car is not bad when you put your foot down, but it can be noisy!
I own the automatic stepsonics gear box and I love this so much. It is very smooth.
I use this car for carrying large heavy items and, because of this big space design, it's got no problem!
My conclusion is: I love this car!
My wife and I recently drove two dealer demonstrators back to back - an SE spec with autobox and a sport model.
The SE was last year's model. It was good for a small car, but the handling felt a bit roly-poly and the steering was a bit too vauge.
The interior trim was also pretty boring.
The new model felt like a completely different car.
The handling felt much sharper, ride was comfy and the minor tweaks to the interior trim make a huge difference to thefeeling of quality.
(Although the seat trim is still dull - it could really do with some lighter colours.)
The difference was so great we ordered a sport model immediately and are taking delivery in the next couple of days.
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