2017 Honda Jazz Review – The Unsung Hero of the Honda Range – Car Keys

2017 Honda Jazz Review – The Unsung Hero of the Honda Range – Car Keys


Say what you will about it, the Jazz is the
unsung hero of Honda’s entire range. No, won’t set your pulse racing, and while it’s
your Type Rs and your NSXs and what have you that steal all the attention, the Jazz is
just here, quietly doing what it does. And it does what it does very well indeed.
For example, did you know it’s won all kinds of awards for things like its reliability,
it’s been named the most reliable car in Britain for more than a decade and a couple
of years ago, it was even named the car you’re most likely to lust after on Valentine’s
Day. Not sure about that one, not in that yellow
anyway, but… Yeah… See part of the reason for the Jazz’s evergreen
success, apart from the fact that it’s inexpensive, unintimidating and reliable is that it’s
just so flippin’ useable. This latest version’s longer than any other Jazz previously and
has also had its wheelbase stretched so it’s even more cavernous and practical inside.
TARDIS-like then, but we’ll get to that later on. Up here in the front, things are
comfortable, there’s good visibility out the windscreen and it’s an easy car to get
to grips with as well thanks to simple, well-laid out controls and this decluttered dash that’s
a big improvement on the last model. Sure, it’s plasticky and not really much
to look at, but then it’s all about value for money and not exemplary German-grade fit
and finish. Our test model, the range-topping EX Navi trim, comes with plenty of goodies
too like a Garmin sat-nav, all-round parking sensors and automatic lights, plus DAB radio
and a reversing camera. If you’d like to know more about the interior
of the Jazz, it’s different trim options and whatnot, you can click on the link to
see our earlier review, but in the meantime let’s get into the back and crack on with
the Jazz’s real party piece: practicality. Like many new Hondas the Jazz comes with those
brilliant Magic Seats, which flip upwards to unveil storage room for luggage down here.
Fold them down and sit in the back and there’s enough room back here to genuinely make you
question the liveability of many larger crossover/SUV-type cars, with plenty of leg and headroom, comfy
seats and doors that open wide to make getting in and out a breeze.
With 354 litres it’s got more boot space than many small people carriers too, and trumps
most hatchbacks by around 70 litres. The boot lip is low, the opening is well proportioned
and so it should take even awkward and heavy items with ease. Fold them Magic Seats flat
and there’s 1,314 litres of space, plus handy things like anchor points and a luggage
net for securing loose bits and bobs. Simple enough engine lineup to choose from
too, given that there’s only, err, one engine. It’s a 1.3-litre naturally aspirated petrol,
which makes exactly 100bhp. No Honda VTEC YO shenanigans here, as you might expect,
but it’s very very smooth and very refined around town particularly, which is really
what you’ll want. We’ve previously tested it with the standard
manual gearbox, but this one comes with the optional CVT auto and, man oh man, this CVT.
I’m not usually one for ragging too hard on CVTs and there are a few I actually quite
like, but the droning, power-sapping qualities of this one… It’s like a Dementor’s
Kiss… I have to be fair though, it’s quite easy
to drive – the Jazz is an easy-going car anyway, usefully agile when it needs to be
as the steering’s quite quick and it can be quite sharp, but it’ll spend most of
its lifetime just moseying on up and down the road at no particularly great speeds.
In that respect the CVT is probably the gearbox of choice for those who want to just get on
with minimal fuss, and it’s more economical than the manual too. Honda says this one can
return up to 57.6mpg with 114g/km of CO2, about two mpg higher than the manual and 6g/km
less. If there’s one big niggle about the Jazz,
it’s that it’s quite expensive for what it is. Prices start from £13,500, which mightn’t
sound like a huge amount in the grand scheme of things, but consider that it’s £3.5k
more expensive than its main rival, the Nissan Note.
This test car? £17,855 as standard, plus the yellow paint which is £500, so a total
of £18,355. Worth the extra cash though? Well if you’re
on the look for a compact but hugely practical and reliable hatchback that’s modern but
not too complicated, then yeah. It’s excellently fit for purpose, and while
it’s not one to fall in love with necessarily, it’s one very usable, very clever car.
But what do you think of the new Jazz? Let us know in the comments section below and
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45 Comments

  1. realiable. ….had one for 10 years…numerous recalls. …noisy wheel bearings….and gearbox….Honda said wear and tear at 40.000 miles…never again, champagne money for flat lemonade car.

  2. Pretty sure the CVT auto box in this is way better than the old one where it's basically a manual and a robot is changing it and not doing a very job of it.

  3. Brilliant car but too dear. My last Jazz, a base model, purchased in 2014 with under 10 miles on the clock, cost £9k. OK, it was part of a dealer's bulk buy pre-registered stock, but the reality is that the very cheapest deal I have encountered for the base model of the latest version is £12.5k.

  4. I haven't seen a single Jazz here in Greece. It is too expensive for what it is. A Yaris Hybrid is more economical and spacious enough for a supermini, while it's still cheaper. Basically, any B segment car is cheaper than the Honda Jazz

  5. Hi you 😊 Love your sens of humor and……what ever 2:06 was 😂😂 Keep it that way 👍👍👍

  6. I've had two Jazzes, and not a single thing went wrong with them. One of them had the earlier iteration of the CVT box, and while it does drone if you plant your foot and expect things to happen, you learn to be more progressive with the throttle and avoid the 'rubber band' effect of high revs without a concomitant increase in speed, although this obviously means stately progress. I'm still deliberating over my next car, mostly because my 53 Panda resolutely refuses to be anything other than reliable and a wonderful (if simple) companion over the past 50,000 miles….. excellent review, thanks for the update. And yes, the Jazz is now rather too expensive.

  7. I would be interested what you get with the same at least 100 HP engine and equipment from the rivals and also I would like to know if you select a 'gear' and you throttle down , is there still that noise that jurnalist don't like. In general I think the ease of use of this gearbox (and reliability ) it should be more appreciated!

  8. this channel is fast becoming my go to for car reviews. this guy and the other one have grown into their styles. anyway enough sycophants…agree about the interior space of these cars but not much else, I think Honda have to make a 'hot' (or even 'warm') version of this to even have a chance to appeal to younger buyers…this will still be bought by the blue rinsers.

  9. Looking good, Ryan 🙂
    Back to the car, I'm not impressed with the touch screen climate controls which do not look easy to use. Surprising to find form over function in a Jazz.

  10. What goes on through Honda's mind? More expensive than almost all other brands, touching BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class money, still without turbo engines (c'mon Honda, its 2017!!) and with probably the most expensive parts of any other brand. Why Honda, why? You did the same with the Civic! Very few engines and way more expesive than it should… Plus there are nowhere to testdrive, if you are going to buy you have to wait 9 mo to a year… And then you wonder why VAG and PSA take all the sales…

  11. Hi I am in New Zealand, at present own a 2nd Honda jazz sport 2008, am trading it in and next week, pick up Sport blue 2017 Honda Jazz RS Navigation 1.5L, As far as I am concerned these are brilliant Motor vehicles for the new Zealand Traffic and motorways,

  12. Ive owned two of them . Thinking of either another Jazz or a HRV . Only ever had to replace brake pads/ tyres.
    When the son was at uni the amount of stuff I chucked in it was unreal. On the downside its an old farts car , fast it ain't.
    However it has some surprise's.
    I got mine up a snow covered , ungritted hill earlier this month where mercs, beamers and a jag couldn't even think of going . All the weight is over the front wheels . Honda do charge though for it, best option . Easter sales/ delivery mileage or one returned from PCP deal . Let's face it a low mileage one isn't going to be thrashed.

  13. Just been to buy a Honda HRV and wife fell in love with the jazz, I was very impressed inside and out, but it's got to be a manual for me, had a CVT explode in a Volvo wasn't nice.

  14. Can you switch  off the start stop option, that's the only thing that's putting me off getting a new Jazz rather than keeping my old one as I am not keen on start stop.

  15. I have had 6 and this new model is my 7th. I find them very reliable and good on fuel. For a small car it has a lot of room, and a good quality finish. It's Honda Jazz for me every time.

  16. Could you please let me know what the road tax is on the Honda Jazz automatic I like to go up and down the motorway to Yorkshire couple of times a year is it quite happy on the motorways

  17. Why anyone would call the CVT "power sucking" is beyond me. Compared to the manual transmission, and to any old-fashioned planetary gear automatic, the Honda CVT enables more of the engine's power to get to the wheels, and prevents power being lost by forcing the engine to turn faster than it needs to, to supply the amount of power needed to accelerate at any particular rate, or to move the car forward at any particular speed, and it enables the engine to use less fuel while doing so – that makes the CVT power-saving, not power-sucking. The CVT model has faster 0 to100 kmh acceleration measurements than the manual transmission model, and in all types of driving, it uses less fuel. I only wish we had the 1.3 liter engine, or even the 1.2, in the United States, as it has better fuel economy. With the 1.5 liter engine the Environmental Protection Agency rates the CVT Model as using 39 mpg on the highway, 33 around town, and 36 on average. It has more than enough of acceleration for passing and merging onto limited access highways, and gets up steep hills with power to spare, so the smaller engine would be fine here in the US, in my opinion.

  18. My wife drives one and don’t tell anyone but I love it. The practicality is design brilliance. Those seats!

  19. Was looking at buying a 2017 jazz cvt but put off by many cvt issues throughout many car makes / models so gonna find a true auto instead i think ?

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