Jazz up for Honda

Jazz

Honda Jazz, 2018, front
Honda Jazz, 2018, side, static
Honda Jazz, 2018, front, action
Honda Jazz, 2018
Honda Jazz, 2018, rear, action
Honda Jazz, 2018, rear, action
Honda Jazz, 2018, rear seats
Honda Jazz, 2018, engine
Honda Jazz, 2018, interior
Honda Jazz, 2018, rear, parked
Honda Jazz, 2018, rear, static
Honda Jazz, 2018, boot

IF you were stuck behind a long, slow moving line of traffic it was a pretty safe bet that the car at the front of the queue holding everyone up was a Honda Jazz.

It was, more than likely, driven by an elderly lady whose silver locks had a pink tint.

Sure, I know this is hugely stereotypical, a tad ageist and very politically incorrect. But you get my drift...

Well, things are changing. The latest Jazz - Honda's clever baby car with a Tardis-like interior - has been jazzed-up, as you might say.

Instead of a sweet, benign 1.3 litre engine that hums along merrily but lethargically, it can be had with a free-revving , racy 1.5 VTEC unit that knocks out an eager 128bhp putting new spring in the Honda's step.

It's not quite in the hot hatch category, but with a dash to 62mph gone in 8.7secs it's quick enough for most. And in true Honda style, the engine thrives on revs and just begs to be driven. Things become a bit vocal under full acceleration but it quietens to a relaxed and distant thrum at motorway speeds.

Good visibility from the airy cockpit and light and positive steering, if a bit lacking in feel, encourage you to make the most of the extra horsepower.

The chunky external lines are enhanced by side skirts and rear valance. Overall it looks purposeful with a sporty accent.

In keeping with its new suit of clothes, the interior has been given a makeover with high grade, tactile plastics and good quality fitments. It's sturdy and practical but somewhat sombre considering the little car's new-found sporty nature.

The Sport Navi version, priced at £17,765, comes with seven inch touchscreen incorporating sat nav. Also standard is Bluetooth, electric door mirrors, air con, reclining rear seats, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Jazz has one of the best designed cabins around with acres of space for passengers and luggage within its tight dimensions. The firm's own Magic Seat system allows the rear seats to flipped down, expanding luggage space from a generous 354 litres to a massive 1314 litres if you want to load up to the roof.

Below the boot floor there's still more space for stuff you want keep hidden from prying eyes.

Considering the vigorous performance, it's pretty economical with an official combined figure of 47.9mpg. Emissions are given as 133g/km, comparing well with petrol rivals.

Honda is sure to draw in younger buyers with the latest, peppy version of the Jazz which retains its likeable, practical nature.

And it's likely to bring a broad smile to some of the more mature owners as well as attracting new fans.

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