2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Road Test Review

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2009 Honda Jazz Road Test Review

I the Honda Jazz. I like its and I like the way it drives. And I also its value. While not perfect, it is a buy in a segment full of good

The question for buyers though is of the sharp-handling, sprightly and easy-to-own from a quality small car best meets their and personality.

The mention there of the thing’ is quite deliberate. in this segment – the car segment – will a car that connects with reflects their lifestyle and says something to the world.

family buyers will be driven by more practical and concerns, buyers trying the on for size will be looking for a car is fun to own, easy on the pocket and on the eye.

No surprise then each of the better small (and we’re talking Mazda2, Jazz, Fiat C2 and Yaris here) is loaded personality and comes with its own and quite individual charms.

In that short list in the above, they are all very cars. Each is fun to drive, to live with and sharp at the

And while each is different, will disappoint. But one of them is for you. Which is it, better which is you?

Perhaps the Jazz. We’d better a close look at it then.

appealing style

The first you’ll notice is that the Jazz – released August year – is bigger and internally than the model it And whereas the older model was and cheerful enough for its time, it now slightly bus-like compared to the styling of the new.

The new shape The Jazz sits nicely on its has an individual style all of its own and manages to East and West in a superbly and appealing shape.

The steeply screen, rising from a nose, gives the front ‘edge’ than the previous The curve of the roof, dropping into a narrowed rear, the upright stance while appeal to the lines around the hatch.

Clever interior

Inside, large screen adds to the of space in what is a brilliantly interior.

Though standing on a footprint, head and legroom is thanks to the upright stance. at the head of the class is access to the and back. (Useful in getting children in and out of car-seats or unloading the of shoes and designer clobber the Saturday morning excursion to

Inside, there is little to about in the way things work, arguably, it loses a bit of personality

The dash, doors, seats – grey and black throughout – are a little sombre and not quite in with the Jazz’s fun-feel, but are typical Honda quality.

it works very well. settled and comfortable behind the is easy: slick little nicely at hand, controls and easily operated and understood, all-round vision… it is easy to see why the has been a winner for Honda.

While the seats are a tad flat and the thigh bolstering of, say, the they proved comfortable town and on a couple of longer at the wheel heading up the Hume. And good quality interior you get a sense those seats take an awful amount of without discolouring or losing

The dash? Hmm. not so sure its lines. To these eyes, are too many fussy parts to it. as if Honda tried too hard to things and ended up giving us that is neither particularly nor especially stylish. (Perhaps particular focus group hit the before getting down to

But perhaps you like it. (And you disagree with my choice of dog as

Speaking of pooches, you could put a St in the back seat and still room for your third-favourite back there. The brilliance of the shape means that space is at the top of the class.

On the road

So, brilliant ergonomics and interior, but driving it – fire it up and more of the Jazz’s strengths Honda’s i-VTEC engines are delight. Beautifully balanced, and with a nice edgy when stretched, they for an enthusiastic hand (and

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With 88kW @ 6600rpm and @ 4800rpm available in the 1.5 litre VTi and models (that we drove), and and 127Nm in the smaller engined 1.3 GLi, acceleration is brisk from standstill and when for gaps in the traffic.

Certainly, on the there are no disappointments from the wheel. The action of the ‘golf-ball’ gear-shift through the five-speed is slick and satisfying, with a gate and nicely weighted

Like the Fiesta, it too feels a cog on the highway, but, though pulling 3000rpm at 100km/h, settle into a nice hum on the

The electric power steering, a little numb at the …-ahead is precise and ideal for slotting the around the ‘burbs.

It is incredibly nimble, something immediately notice on a tight or in a city car park, and the great vision makes it breeze to

My recall of the older Jazz was it was a little under-done in the suspension. I was having a bad week, but my view was it sufficient travel and was a little on a longer drive.

No such with the new model. While the basic layout of the previous – McPherson strut and torsion beam rear – has jiggled with the suspension to improve ride quality and

The H-shaped torsion beam now has bushings, altered spring ratio and extended trailing arm Up front, the castor geometry and have come in for a makeover. The is a palpably improved and more feel to the workings below.

thing to mention is the fuel Who needs an expensive hybrid you can snag a Jazz at $16,990 for the 1.3 Gli manual, returning 5.8 l/100km, or for the 1.5 litre VTi manual, returning 6.4

(The five-speed auto add around a $2k premium, and knock a off those fuel figures.)

a beaut little car, the Good value, versatile, and of personality. Try it on; if it’s the right fit for lifestyle, you will be very with it.

Tim’s Big Statement

people buy SUVs for school-shuttle and duties – and that never see a track or a mountain stream is a mystery when they buy instead something as practical and as the Jazz. They will not save the better part of ten big but they will rediscover the joy of (and look cool the bargain).

The Jazz might be (and it’s line-ball) by the and Mazda2 for driving dynamics, but it them out for versatility.”

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