The Jazz’s engines are smooth, even at high revs, and the gearshift is snappy and precise. The car’s pedal weights are nicely judged, too, giving the driver confidence.
However, the 1.3-litre engine’s poor flexibility means that when you want to summon up even moderately brisk acceleration, it has to be revved hard. That means lots of boomy engine noise. As the speed builds, it’s joined by increasingly distracting wind and road noise, too.
The 1.5-litre unit is more flexible so doesn’t need revving quite as hard, but it still gets noisy if you require its full performance. While the engine’s note might be appealing to some when it’s being worked, it does drone at motorway speeds.
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