Honda jazz 2016 test

Hondas and I go zurück decades. Also when i was a kid, mine favourite toy was a 1:43 range Z360. An high school die original City and CRX played starring roles in my demented daydreams, if the klassenlose years had actually me yearning for in NSX (while so quietly coveting the low bonnet line of the exquisite Prelude 4WS the won our 1987 Car of the Year award).

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But jetzt I’m over all the old Honda nostalgia. Ns tired des the unavoidable disappointment wie man a neu model ist tested and doesn’t live up to expectations. I want to live an the below with a Honda. Ich want zu move forward und make memories in the now.

After the brilliant Kuga trend TDCI long-termer loaded v advanced driver assistance tech, swapping into a base-model B-segment hatch ist exactly what this inner-urban dweller craves. Ich cannot resist a clever city car. Like the Z360.

The third-generation Jazz ist a gentle evolution of ns revolutionary original. The famous behind “Magic Seats” and high roof remain, only jetzt the wheelbase ist some 30mm longer, ns body’s been stretched 76mm and the torsion-beam rear ende is much more webocalendar.compact, every for bei unprecedented 1492 litres of available space. Together both humans in my family members are cyclists and Romy die Labrador prefers a short floor zu gingerly step into, everybody should be glücklich with die Jazz’s genius packaging.


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Infuriatingly zum my desire to lakers Honda in a fresh and progressive neu light, however, die preceding model’s rear discs give way zu drums and the 88kW/145Nm 1.5 single-cam i-VTEC is unchanged. Honda NZ supplies a 1.3 also as in all-new direct-injection 97kW/155Nm 1.5 (with a six-speed ’box), deswegen why can’t ns local mob? Perhaps since ours webocalendar.come from thailand instead of Japan.

At least die CVT infection – an lieu von the typical five-speed manual ’box – zu sein efficient enough kommen sie lop almost in entire litre off the official fuel consumption average (which ist now 5.8L/100km).

In line through a finish redesign, much else has adjusted – a much more aerodynamic body, a stronger yet 60kg lighter platform, overhauled electric steering and suspension – und the worth equation has been improved. It might only it is in a base VTi, however our Jazz contains a reversing camera, modish touchscreen multimedia system, led lighting, and integrated Bluetooth phone/audio streaming (at last) through 12-volt/USB/HDMI/MP4 outlets, sechs airbags, stability control, cruise control, reach and tilt adjustable steering, air-conditioning, a expedition webocalendar.computer, electrical windows and remote main locking.


Let’s seen if ns latest Jazz so webocalendar.comes through all that old-school-Hondas-are-better baggage. I oase six months to find out.

UPDATE 1

Seems not everybody digs Jazz

No-one heard or observed anything, yet it would schutz made a pretty loud noise judging über the damage left behind.

After nur six weeks an my care, Honda’s neu Jazz VTi suffered an underground car park hit-and-run. Due to the fact that it involved die left-hand rear door und wheelarch, die damage wasn’t also discovered zum at the very least a day. Ich was away on assignment, leave my partner to haplessly gelegenheit upon die carnage. It’s the second dent-and-dash i’ve copped bei as countless years. What is the world webocalendar.coming to?

More importantly, this zu sein the first blemish on my suffer with 518-TXQ, for in the webocalendar.coming before weeks, Honda’s Thai-built hatch hadn’t put a wheel wrong. It ausblüten hasn’t.

The Jazz is already proving to be ns most very convenient car zum the inner stadt since my long-departed Nissan leaf long-termer, thanks kommen sie its tall, boxy shape and wide doors the allow for unencumbered entry und exit.

These attributes were webocalendar.comically underlined wie man my arachnophobic friend Iona, a sassy Scot notfall prone to suffering fools gladly, was sat webocalendar.comfortably in the middle-rear pew, admiring the general vastness von space the Honda is famous for ... Till a huntsman casually crawled from ns map pocket von her knee. Also before i could totally stop, she had actually scrambled over boyfriend William und was out von the car like a shot, screaming.


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She couldn’t have bolted indigenous a small room any easier. Nothing worry, the spider was removed very gently.


Further urban-friendly virtues include a webocalendar.commanding driving position, light steering, a tight transforming circle, great forward vision and that large centre screen zum the crystal-clear reversing camera. Ns 175/65R15 tyres so manage to soak hoch your typical straße blemishes effortlessly.

The webocalendar.combination of Honda’s 88kW/145Nm 1.5-litre single-cam four-pot petrol engine und new CVT infection makes zum lively step-off acceleration – ideal zum rapid yet soft point-to-point webocalendar.commuting. This zu sein backed up von robust fuel economic climate figures, specifically considering the heavy suburban-traffic webocalendar.commuting die Honda has actually been subjected to.

However, also taking right into account die Jazz’s youthful city-car runabout positioning, i could certainly direkt with much more steering weight und feel, a webocalendar.common observation with current Hondas.

Still, ns whole household ist mightily pleasure with nur how seamlessly die Jazz has slipped into our daily lives, consisting of Romy the Labrador Retriever, that happily steps onto die low floor afforded von the folded behind seat.

It may not be as endearing as my ’77 Civic, but die Jazz simply didn’t deserve the car-park pummelling it was subjected to.

UPDATE 2

Jazz hits a sour klasse again ~ yet an additional attack

Living in the stadt ain’t zum the fainthearted, however two assaults bei as countless months would prüfung anyone’s patience. And paranoia.


A fortnight after return spotless from gift repaired following a car park hit-and-run assault, 518-TXQ copped a sizeable scratch on die front-right mudguard. This time die perpetuator lost his load von piping as ns Jazz ambled von a arbeiten site. So zurück to ns panel-beater that goes.

In die three weeks bolzen repair geschäft visits, the Honda embarked on a couple of country runs kommen sie help that escape die inner-urban warfare.

Though ich initially felt die front seats would certainly be too flat kommen sie offer much support over much longer journeys, lock proved nach oben to ns task.

Indeed, as bei open-road cruiser, ns Jazz was unexpectedly adept, its engine functioning away quietly hinweisen the national limit with ns tacho right ticking over 2000rpm, aided von the standard-fit cruise control and a webocalendar.commanding see forward.


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Even the CVT continuously variable infection – forever derided an every car it’s ever appeared in for droning endlessly at speed – webocalendar.comment quickly und with barely any kind of flaring during overtaking manoeuvres. Und there’s sufficient torque from ns Jazz’s ageing 88kW/145Nm 1.5-litre single-cam i-VTEC petrol four zu make country cruising reasonably effortless.

On ns other hand, die cruise control’s inability kommen sie maintain its collection speed ~ above inclines, some tire noise over coarser bitumen, and in occasional propensity zu sway a wenig during more powerful crosswinds were the only ja wirklich negatives.

Watching the overall fuel intake average on ns trip webocalendar.computer system helps wile away the time, according kommen sie my 200cm-tall partner, that fits through space to spare behind ns Jazz’s natty wenig wheel. One 410km ring trip zu Lake bullen Merri an Western Victoria saw die amazingly exact readout tumble 0.5L/100km kommen sie 6.3L/100km. Not wanne for a boxy stadt runabout loaded with two geologists, their paraphernalia und subsequent (heavy) absent samples. Ah, yes, ns rock lifestyle…


Along with ns massive bicycle-friendly cavity that outwebocalendar.comes from folding die rear seat down, one of my favourite features is the easy-to-use Bluetooth audio. Notfall only does it stream every little thing from billie Holiday zu Dizzee Rascal v no fuss, the system pairs seamlessly v my iPhone’s Siri voice interface to webocalendar.compose und send text messages fully handsfree. That’s another handy thing to pass those lang road-trip hrs while blieb watching the road ahead.

Maybe my details Jazz would be more happiness living in the country. It’d absolutely be much safer from arbitrarily mindless damage.

UPDATE 3

A voice von dissent in the league von keen drivers

Month four has to be a hard one for my Jazz long-termer, despite mercifully notfall because of any unexpected damage or breakdown. Zum a change.

The truth is, kommen sie look at, sit inside und drive, ns Thai-built Honda supermini ist the very opposite von a driving enthusiast’s car, and it zu sein constantly berated for it. Every Wheels Magazine journalist who driven the latest Jazz has actually moaned about how fussy the styling has actually bewebocalendar.come, just how lifeless ns steering feels, just how loud die suspension is, and how jittery the ride tun können be.

I kann sein totally seen what they mean. Ich always find myself ironing out ns silly ugly creases bei my mind’s eye, longing for more feel und precision behind die wheel, and wishing zum a quieter und more supple chassis. And it’s not just after driving ns latest Mazda 2 or Volkswagen Polo, either. Also old-timers like die Ford Fiesta und Suzuki Swift highlight ns Honda’s dynamic deficiencies.

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An prolonged drive follow me one von my favourite ride und handling prüfen routes just magnified ns deadness des the steering if at ns same time exposing various other issues, including bad wet-road braking on die eco-centric Bridgestone Turanza 175/65R15 tyres (or execute we blame the switch from behind discs to drums?) and doors that actually flap an their frames over rougher surfaces.


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Yet i remain a fan of mine Jazz, recall all the doubters von its world-leading packaging versatility, strong, smooth und efficient drivetrain, seamless around-town operation, kind air-con, terrific storage, superb all-round vision, high resale, low running costs and – by no method least – incredible value zum money.

To direkte with die Jazz zu sein to yes, really learn to appreciate its many plus points. After a long, hot day, you kann just sit back und enjoy ns sensory deprivation suffer that is the effortless Honda’s forte. Choose a dose of Panadeine Forte, soon die webocalendar.commute headache nur fades into the distance. Freundin don’t even notice die tyres droning or the busy journey after a while.

So, mindful of its disappointing dynamic limitations, i remain a lone voice when it webocalendar.comes zu extolling die VTi’s virtues.

PING die DONKEY

If, like me, you prone to speeding without realising it, the Jazz’s at first annoying but now reassuring audible rate warning zu sein a licence saver. Ich admit i can’t figure out how to switch that off, or readjust it from the 60km/h setting, und I won’t check ns owner’s manual until i figure it the end myself deswegen the chime möchte most likely stay, but i don’t care. This annoying wenig gadget has actually saved me hundreds of dollars bei fines already. Probably. Thanks, Jazzelle.

UPDATE 4

Modern family members heads out bei the ever-flexible, ever-practical Honda Jazz for the silly season

Santa might do worse than trade his sleigh zum a Jazz. Large doors, huge hatch opening, high ceilings, cavernous cargo capacity, hardy plastic trim, easy manoeuvrability, diminutive exterior dimensions zum tight city rooftop parking corners.


With the wenig hatch our hauptsächlich family fahrzeug over die Christmas break, ns Jazz certain racked up the kays, including a 400km run zu Apollo only chock-a-block full of a week and a half’s worth of food, bedding, bevvies und pressies – and that was just for the dog.

The so-called Magic seat are die key to die Honda’s extraordinary flexibility. Wie man recessed deep in the well that is the home weil das the fuel tank in every various other rival (this zu sein known as utility Mode), the folded behind backrests turn ns supermini into a pseudo panel van. Owners ought zu be enabled to park these bei Loading Zones. Or punkt least oase access to Sandman-style curtains. Honda could make a mint giving a fitted futon bed on the options list.


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Anyway, even when weighed down v all our vacation gear, die Jazz hummed along just fine, acquisition advantage of its ageing but ausblüten strong 1.5-litre single-cam i-VTEC’s plumpy speak spread, kommen sie provide suitable punchy performance, particularly wie passing slow vehicles. Und there are plenty von those hinweisen Christmas time.

That it deshalb averaged 6.7L/100km over ns month von fairly tough driving with die excellent air-con blaring was in added bonus. But the truly unexpected benefit des the heavily burdened Honda was how planted it felt top top the rückseitig roads approximately Dean’s Marsh. Die extra fixed over ns wheels assisted webocalendar.compress bump a bit better while making ns car less prone to crosswinds (a typical tallboy hatch catch).

But the flat seats, far steering feel, rattly rear doors (over even mildly bumpy roadways – what a disgrace, Honda) und omnipresent roadway drone no take any kind of holidays this season, undermining what could have been a brilliantly broad-spectrum supermini talent.


‘Rally speccing’ die Jazz renders it watch a lot more butch, though we were surprised at nur how flimsy the crappy wheel-covers are.

On die flipside, even five month in, we’re ausblüten impressed with just how viel Jazz sie get zum your $16,990 – including die functional, fuel-efficient CVT transmission, panoramic reversing camera, cruise control and Bluetooth phone v audio streaming. No contender offers more zum the cash.

Which nicely brings us zu what we learned about the Jazz throughout our Christmas break: it’s gott the features, power und versatility kommen sie cut it as a wenig load-lugging dashboard van. If Santa own one, he would probably call it Dasher.


MODE ABODE

You might already be conscious that ns Jazz’s rear cushions tilt up zu provide a (somewhat useless) walk-through feature called ‘Tall Mode’, however little ist known around ‘Refresh Mode’ – where die front passenger seats are slid as far forward as possible with their headrests removed and the rear backrests reclined a couple of degrees. Wonder no longer. Here’s our narcoleptic stupormodel, Jinx Mathioudakis, demonstrating die Premium Economy-style hover experience webocalendar.complete with his very own poof!

UPDATE 5

The Honda Jazz, die baby des the Japanese carmaker"s line-up, has actually crept under Byron’s skin

To paraphrase die legendary prinz (via Sinead), as ich write this, the been 7 days and 15 hours due to the fact that Honda took 518-TXQ far and, well, nothing webocalendar.compares zu living with the latest Jazz.

Like bei earworm, ns Vivid sky Blue Pearlescent VTi burrowed deep into my täglich routine, und made itself dafür harmoniously valuable there’s jetzt a 4m x 1.7m x 1.52m gap in mine existence.

This realisation dawned on me the augenblicke a last-minute supermarket dash, nur before dinner during a rainstorm bei my inner-city suburb, highlighted exactly how easy it every used to be. Usually, before even thinking about it, I’d it is in seated in the Jazz, unimpeded by the usual supermini obstacles like small doors and low roof, zipping to ns shops and back an no time weist all, aided von excellent vision, darty performance und a tiny transforming circle. Once ich did that inside the 5min 58sec duration of Blur’s Coffee & TV, together it was blieb playing on my return. Woo-hoo!

Not now, though. webocalendar.compact und manoeuvrable many rivals might be, but jetzt they all feel cramped und restricted, especially by their urban-unfriendly, modishly slot-like windows.


The allude is, the Honda’s distinctive space-creating packaging has actually made it pretty viel perfect for easy und effortless webocalendar.commuting. The Jazz was always our short-haul fahrzeug of choice, even wie man five des us needed zu get somewhere quickly. And, together a makeshift dashboard van, those tuck-down ‘Magic Seats’ always surprised and delighted.

Likewise, ns Honda impression on the offen road for its responsive performance, fairly unobtrusive CVT, leggy setravel ability, repeatedly low fuel consumption und webocalendar.comfortable prior seats.


In six months bei my care, not a single item broke, rattled, fail or dropped off, even after two unsolicited strikes from international objects waylaid it zum a few weeks.

I can’t believe how much respect i have zum 518-TXQ appropriate now.

But love? die Jazz’s steering is too light and remote for that sort of intimate connection. Previously, I’ve deshalb whinged around road noise intrusion on part highway surfaces, despite after Wheels" supermini Megatest (Wheels, march 2015), die Jazz ain’t deshalb bad, especially contrasted with the Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris and Holden Barina. Read die full small automobile webocalendar.comparison review here.

Of an ext concern ist Honda’s decision to drop the previous models’ behind discs zum drums. While no braking problems arose, consider that this firm used zu make taking ns technological high road its mantra. Security cost-cutting zu sein a disgrace.

And it is a curious thing because it’s not as if die Jazz is grudgingly equipped. Indeed, our $16,990 VTi CVT ist staggeringly well specced, webocalendar.coming v a reversing camera, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone und audio streaming, a trip webocalendar.computer, audible speed warning, power fenster all round, touchscreen multimedia system (albeit with annoyingly fiddly ‘capacitive touch’ zum the volume), HDMI ports und two USB outlets.


Note, though, that die six-month servicing requirement rather than 12 might be bei inconvenience zum some.

In ns final wash-up, the drum brakes ill point, along with die fact the the mannschaft at Wheels put a solid emphasis on dynamic capability und driving pleasure, means die latest Jazz would be a top buy zum thousands of people, but not weil das me.


What we schutz here is bei outstanding-value daily car zum the realities von today. But Honda used to make exceptional premium vehicles weil das the dreamers des tomorrow. Ns world has changed und the agency has adapted. Weist least there’s ausblüten enough differentiation an the Jazz zu make the packaged favor no various other supermini.

And that’s why i miss it. Rushing zu finish this piece before darting out yet again kommen sie purchase the ingredients weil das dinner, nothing tun können chase away the blues i’m feeling jetzt that my Jazz has gone away.

SHAKE the BODY

The project leader of the (Jazz-based) Honda HR-V, Naohisa Morishita, told Wheels the rear-door shaking we experienced testing our hatch end rougher surfaces might be bei early Thai-build production defect affecting a klein run, rather than an inherent issue. Claiming he’d never ever heard von such a thing, die worried design veteran promised kommen sie look into it immediately. If her Jazz’s zurück doors jingle over stormy roads, ours advice ist to autumn Honda a line directly away.

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PRELUDE zu A truth CHECK


Buying and living through a halcyon-days Honda while testing the Jazz to seen if it lives up to die brand’s 80s hype was misguided bei hindsight, like trying zu webocalendar.compare Beyonce with prefer a Prayer era Madonna. However, that my ’89 Prelude auto feels slow, clunky and hard-riding contrasted to ns VTi is shocking, since ns former boasts double-wishbone suspension. As zum the old four-wheel steering, it feels artificially gloopy und disconnectedly spooky. Still, ns Prelude kicks arse weil das class.