I’M not being mean here – I’m being kind.
I’ve printed this review in big letters so older readers don’t have to guess every other world.
Well done. You spotted it. That’s a typo.
I’m still the fresh side of 50 and cooking instructions in low light might as well be in Russian.
So hopefully this easy read is doing you a favour.
And to be honest, that is exactly what Honda does so brilliantly with the Jazz — it makes life simple.
This is a car that is 100 per cent designed and engineered for pensioners. And why not?
Honda makes the Civic Type R for space cadets, the CR-V for families and the Jazz for people who have done all that and now want some-thing small, safe, dependable and, above all, affordable.
With Honda you’re covered from hip-hop to hip op. Rave to grave.
Now let’s start by having a poke inside this clever little Jazz. Nice big speedo. Chunky dials. Comfy seats. And those super-thin windscreen pillars give you more visibility than a greenhouse.
Then, in the back, the trademark Magic Seats. Which fold up like a cinema seat and also lie flat, allowing Geoffrey to carry home the pot plant he’s just bought from the garden centre — or nip to the tip with his recycling.
In other words, those rear seats turn the Jazz into a mini Tardis. I can’t believe other manufacturers haven’t copied Honda here. Also worth noting is that every new Jazz is a mild hybrid.
So it does good numbers in terms of fuel economy and CO² and there’s no faffing about with a plug.
Even better, it is super smooth, with one forward gear, and is impossible to stall.
Around town at low speed, it spends most of its time in EV mode.
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Other observations. Nice light steering. Doddle to park. Easy 9in touchscreen has all the connectivity you need. But pay a little extra for the heated seats and heated steering wheel. You deserve it.
If you think the regular Jazz needs, er, jazzing up a bit there’s also a rufty-tufty Crosstar version that rides a little higher and has blobs of plastic and roof rails but otherwise is the same.
In summary, then. Well thought out. Perfectly executed. Sensible car at a sensible price. It’s a B-I-G yes from me.
Key facts: HONDA JAZZ
Engine: 1.5-litre petrol with two electric motors
Power: 109hp, 253Nm
0-62mph: 9.5 secs
Top speed: 108mph
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