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Honda Jazz

September 2007


Let’s hear it for the Jazz! A new of the Honda which put Japan on the map as a world leader in the art of building cars is set to hit the road – and we have it first and exclusively.

The newcomer, Fit in its homeland, has a lot to live up to. In only six its predecessor racked up two million in 115 countries. Not surprisingly, Honda has safe with the design of the

But it certainly looks sharper, and the family face that with the new Accord at the Frankfurt Show, as well as a sleeker

Under the skin, the five-seat is based on a development of the chassis underpins the current model, and it that car’s centrally fuel tank. This to free up interior space.

is new is the promise of an improved ride. of this is down to the fact the new Jazz is bigger than The wheelbase is 50mm longer, up to while the car gains 55mm in at 3,900mm. By bringing the windscreen 120mm, stylists have not altered the Jazz’s profile, but a roomier cabin that is a for some family cars.

Finally, clever triangular have been sculpted the front doors, improving – a sore point with current owners.

The fit and finish of the has been refined, too, better quality plastics, supportive seats and rake and steering that gives a driving position. A new dashboard is on the eye, while passengers in the seats will appreciate the length, which gives more legroom.

However, in their quest for a interior and increased load Honda’s designers have to drop the spare tyre in of a repair kit. This up an extra 43 litres of boot up to 427 litres.

Under the bonnet, are more dramatic. While the Jazz has 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol the newcomer will get a choice of a unit generating 99bhp, or a engine producing 118bhp.

engines feature Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve technology, and manual or CVT auto are available with both. claims that the 1.3-litre return 68mpg, while the 1.5 deliver 55mpg. The company to confirm whether an oil-burner is in the but our sources insist one will be to the range.

Honda Jazz

Performance from our test 1.5-litre powerplant was impressive, the Jazz from 0-60mph in under nine seconds. it hard, however, and the high-pitched above 5,000rpm becomes unpleasant, as the CVT gearbox fights to up with top-end revs.

On roads, the Honda feels sure-footed than before, and stable under heavy too. At cruising speeds, a chassis means refinement is That will please a lot of who think the current car is a little in this area. The only question mark we have the new Jazz is with the steering. has employed electric assistance and the rack to reduce the amount of required when trying to in tight spaces.

But we found it too light and lacking particularly around town.

this was really the only ingredient of a superbly conceived From this early it seems that Honda has hit the notes all over again.

Rival: Nissan Note

its spacious cabin and a supple the Note is a favourite with our team. It’s competitively and a refined long-distance cruiser.

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