Honda Jazz continues to hit bright notes

Consumer satisfaction surveys are the bane of many a car manufacturer, largely because they don’t provide much of it, but for some — most notably the Japanese — they are a source of constant pleasure, reflecting as they do so well on the products those companies make and the love owners have for their Japanese cars.

The Honda Jazz is a case in point; it might not have been the most popular supermini on the market since we saw the first iteration of it just after the turn of the century, but for those who have owned one, it is a car which has rewarded their support in huge measure. I’ve never owned one, but I can see why those who have spent their hard-earned cash on the car, love them so much.

There is nothing particularly revolutionary about the Jazz, but the manner in which it goes about its’ daily chores in such a resolute, honest and fastidious fashion is something which can only be hugely admired. That it is also economic, practical and pretty much as good a drive as anything in the class is almost a bonus.

The current five-door hatchback has moved on a bit from the previous iteration of the car and as a result the jazz now looks much bigger than before. That has not diminished its good looks, however, and part of the buying attraction for many people will be that really neat appearance.

The larger dimensions allow for wide opening doors front and rear doors and very easy access and egress and the relatively lofty driving position will also appeal to many drivers.

Having created extra space by positioning the fuel tank under the floor, the interior gives off the impression of a much bigger car and the already spacious — by supermini standards — boot is made even more commodious by the fiendishly clever trick ‘magic’ rear seats which can be moved to accommodate awkward loads.

On the driving front the Jazz will have only one engine option for the Irish market and that is the 1.3 litre i-VTEC unit which outputs some 102 bhp and that comes with a choice of a six speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic and having tried the latter I would say it will be the favourite for those buyers for whom the majority of driving will be in urban settings.

It is a very nice little car to drive, although I suspect the majority of owners will be of the older variety who appreciate the calm, methodical manner with which the car goes about its’ business. In many ways, in fact, I suspect this is a car which is destined to find a home with the more mature driver who will appreciate the calm sophistication on offer.

A lovely car to live with and drive, the Jazz has probably matured along with much of its’ audience and that is no bad thing indeed. And they will show their appreciation in a customer satisfaction survey coming their way anytime now.


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