It’s easy to adjust but not especially comfortable
Every version of the Jazz has a generous range of steering wheel and driver’s seat adjustment, so getting the driving position just right is extremely easy.
However, the driver’s seat isn’t especially supportive. It’s quite poorly padded around the lower back and sides. Fortunately, the pedals line up nicely, so the driver doesn’t become too uncomfortable on long journeys. A front centre armrest is standard.
Honda Jazz visibility
Good view all-round, and SE brings front and rear sensors
Impressively, front and rear parking sensors are standard from SE trim upwards. However, regardless of trim level, the Jazz is easy to thread along busy urban roads and to park in cramped multi-storey bays. This is because its windscreen is tall and wide, while its front pillars are slim enough that they don’t obscure your vision. The front side windows are deep, too, and provide a good view of roundabouts and T-junctions.
There’s more good news when you look over your shoulder. The rear screen and side windows are uniformly deep, while the rear pillars are slim and upright. The rear windscreen demister is quick and effective.
Honda Jazz infotainment
Good standard kit, but touchscreen looks and feels dated
Not surprisingly, in terms of infotainment, entry-level S models are the most basic in the Jazz range. Even so, they have a colour screen controlled using two rotary dials, and with shortcut buttons located around it. Bluetooth, DAB radio, aux and USB connections, four speakers and a multi-function steering wheel come as standard.
Spending a little extra on SE trim – which we’d recommend you do – brings a larger, more advanced 7.0in touchscreen system with a CD player and an additional USB connection. This system allows greater integration of your smartphone, and supports certain apps on the screen. If you want a sat-nav, you’ll need to go for one of the ‘Nav’ models higher up the range.
The SE’s upgraded system is relatively straightforward to use with big bright buttons and menus, but its on-screen graphics aren’t the sharpest on the market, while the screen isn’t always the most responsive to the touch.
The Jazz’s infotainment provision is broadly on a par with rivals such as the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia. We prefer the Polo’s clarity and greater ease of use. The Fabia’s system is good, too, but a sat-nav is not offered at any level. Instead, you have to connect your phone and access sat-nav services via an app.
Honda Jazz build quality
Sturdy rather than plush
The general look and feel of the Jazz chimes with the model’s practical nature. That’s not to say the interior looks low-rent; it has lots of piano-black plastics and silver accents, even if the latter aren’t especially convincing.
It’s only once you start operating the Jazz’s switchgear and door handles that you realise these same plastics are built for longevity, rather than to give the impression of luxury. There are few dense, soft-touch surfaces, while the plastics farther down the dash are scratchy and brittle feeling. EX models have a leather-covered steering wheel and gearlever, both of which give the cabin a welcome lift.