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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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24 reader reviews for Honda Jazz Hatchback.
  • 1.2 SE 5dr

    Mark Catherwood , Hants. . Date: 15/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove the 1.2 SE model and was hoping that it would meet my exacting criteria. Sadly that was not the case. I deliberately chose the most economical version, noting that the CO2 emissions have risen to 125 g/km (from the originally advertised 120), but felt it lacked the acceleration, flexibility & all round performance compared to my reliable, efficient and excellent Skoda Fabia turbo-diesel estate. Yes, the 1.4 (1,339cc) version would have offered better performance, but also higher CO2 emissions, without the high torque and associated flexibility, that I sought. I was hoping that Honda would introduce an excellent turbo-diesel version of their new Jazz, but unfortunately that is not intended; only a more expensive, less popular hybrid. Hence Honda will lose numerous sales, including my next purchase. Why Honda chooses not to cater for the diesel market, unlike vertually all of its competitors is a mystery to me, especially as their faster, heavier 2,204cc CIVIC turbo-diesel gives a superior combined MPG than their most economical new petrol Jazz model. Hence I shall look elsewhere, until such time as Honda sees the light & embraces diesel technology for their otherwise excellent supermini.

  • 1.4 EX 5dr

    Martyn Allez , Wiltshire . Date: 13/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    Superb little car, brilliant design, first class engineering and outstanding dealer in Basingstoke.

    EX spec is excellent, especially for those trading from larger cars. Seat comfort as good as it gets and ride unbelievable for a car that is only 3.9 metres long. Load space huge and very well thought out. On the road it has all the power you need, very quiet at all times, a great gearchange and it sips petrol.

    Expensive if you view it at a supermini but it has space that shames many family saloons a size or more up.

    Simply reinvents the small car. Try it, buy it.

  • 1.4 ES 5dr

    Keith Farrow , Wilts . Date: 18/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Who on earth gave the 'What car?' rating to this car as three stars? it is a very good four at least. Drivers seat is adjustable for height as well as rake. All controls are clear and steering column stalks traditional in use. Car seems much bigger than old Jazz and a huge step forward in terms of quality of interior. The car seems a little taller than my Corsa, so you sit higher. However the waistline is similar, so the glass area is proprtionaly lower, this will allow greater visibilty for shorter drivers, this is especially noticeable to the rear. Door mirrors are large and they are heated and fold electrically. They give a good view of the road and to the sides of the car. Driving on the road the car is very refined and quiet, the 100 bhp engine is lively and well matched to the gearbox. The gearchange is light, slick and precise. Steering is light and precise. Ride is smooth and wind noise very limited at all speeds up to 70mph. The 'magic seats' add to the versitality of the car. Storage space in the cabin is impressive, there are little storage holes everywhere, there is also a refrigerated storage box in the dash big enough for a bottle of drink. Overall I was blown away with the way the car has been put together, the way it drives and feels. I was so impressed that I have placed an order. I will update this review once my pupils (I'm a driving instructor)give thier verdict on it.

  • 1.4 EX 5dr

    Adrian Lawson-Wood , . Date: 24/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    I had the new 1.4EX Jazz on 24hr test drive this week (covering over 120 miles), courtesy Drake & Fletcher, Tunbridge Wells. This is a very pleasant and comfortable car, it has built on the attributes of the outgoing Jazz (unrivalled space/versatility), with a more grown-up feel and additional refinements. Travelling 4-up for our main outing, we achieved 53 mpg over 85 miles, mixture of A/B roads, town & dual carriageway (cost-equivalent for a diesel would be to achieve about 58 mpg). Only criticism I could identify was lack of low-revs pull (I’m used to an 04 model 1.4 CVT-7 which I find better in this respect), although 1-up this would be less of an issue for me. The engine does sound very nice, though. I particularly appreciated the full-length sunroof, the auto headlights feature, and the fast screen de-mist button on the EX. Recommended.

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