Honda Jazz long-term test: report 4

The latest Honda Jazz's practicality and efficiency impressed us in a group test – now our deputy editor is finding out what it's like to drive one every day...

Honda Jazz screen and clock

The car Honda Jazz 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid EX eCVT Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor

Why it’s here To see if the latest Jazz’s talents extend beyond the big space and practicality the car has become known for

Needs to Carry luggage and people without complaint, be economical around town and powerful enough for longer trips, and keep me connected to the office

Mileage 1786 List price £22,245 Target Price £20,975 Price as tested £22,995 Test economy 60.4mpg Official economy 61.4mpg 

4 October 2021 – Frustration sets in

As you can tell from my earlier reports, life with my Honda Jazz has been mostly rosy so far, but a big source of frustration has emerged in recent weeks – the car’s infotainment screen.

You see, while it offers all of the features you’d expect, including Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio and sat-nav, it isn’t especially impressive to look at and it's incredibly slow to start in the first place. 

Indeed, the inky blackness of the infotainment screen takes so long to show anything useful that I’ve often reversed out of my parking space and am half way down the road outside my house before it limps into life – and that’s before I’ve done anything like set my preferred radio station or a sat-nav destination. The picture below, for example, was taken a full minute after starting up the car.

Honda Jazz infotainment screen

It’s frustrating to use, to say the least. Thank goodness for the wireless Apple CarPlay connection, which at least sets my music going automatically when the system has eventually connected.

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