HONDA has long been a company that follows its own groove, refusing to be swayed by short-term marketing trends and with the Jazz, it has hit upon a formula that works.
Understandably, it has been reluctant to make radical changes to something that works so well. Which is why this generation Jazz plays safe. The only danger is that so subtle are the upgrades, many may fail to appreciate the work Honda has put in. The Idle Stop system added to this 1.2-litre variant is a good example of that.
Economy and efficiency has been improved: the 1.2-litre engine manages a combined fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg and carbon dioxide emissions drop to 123g/km. Choose the 1.4-litre petrol engine with a manual gearbox and the emissions are pegged at 126g/km while fuel economy is a still creditable 51.4mpg. The Hybrid is the model to look for if you’re keen on reducing day to day bills, getting an average of 62.8mpg and emitting 104g/km. The savings will be even larger if most of your driving takes place in the city, where the Hybrid’s electric advantage comes to the fore.
The current Jazz will continue to appeal to its core market of mature owners looking for an easy driving, reliable vehicle. Many of these will be tempted by the hybrid petrol/electric model - if they can afford to stretch to it. For those that can’t, the 1.2-litre SE variant fitted with Honda’s clever ‘Idle Stop’ system makes a great alternative, returning nearly 55mpg and 120g/km of CO2.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Honda Jazz 1.2
PRICES: £11,605 - £12,600
INSURANCE GROUP: 13
CO2 EMISSIONS: 123g/km
PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph 12.5s / top speed 110mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.2 SE Idle Stop] (combined) 53.3mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: VSA stability control, ABS with EBA, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 3900/1695/1525