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.
Mark Catherwood, Hants., December 15th 2008