The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
If you like a lofty driving position, the Honda Jazz has you covered. You sit nice and high up, which gives you the impression that you’re driving a mini-MPV rather than a small hatchback. There’s a good range of adjustment to the steering wheel and the driver’s seat has height adjustment on every trim level.
The steering wheel, seat and pedals line up nicely, too, so you’re not sitting skewed at an angle, and the seat is well padded and comfortable. Our only real complaint is that the lumbar support isn't adjustable, although most drivers will find that there’s enough lower-back support.
The Jazz's deep rear window makes it fairly easy to judge how much room there is directly behind you when you're reversing, although thick rear pillars do hinder your view of the corners of the car (something that's also true of most of its rivals). Front and rear parking sensors come as standard from mid-spec SR trim, while range-topping EX Style models get a rear-view camera as well.
All trims get bright LED headlights as standard, along with a high-beam-assist system that automatically switches between high and low beams.
Sat nav and infotainment
Entry-level Honda Jazz SE models have a basic 5.0in colour screen along with Bluetooth, a DAB radio, USB sockets, a four-speaker stereo and secondary controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Spending a little extra on SR trim, which we'd recommend, brings a larger, more advanced 9.0in touchscreen system that comes equipped with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, allowing you to run selected apps from your phone through the screen. That's a good thing because Honda's own operating system is not particularly good, and the resolution of the screen could also be better. Try the Mini if you want a small car with a really great infotainment system.