Honda is one of the world's most respected car manufacturers; famous for quality, innovation and reliability its cars are highly sought after and consistently win awards and accolades. The Honda Jazz represents the Japanese manufacturers bid to capture the sub-compact market and as such offers one of the best engineered cars that you can buy.
Now in its second generation the Jazz has been streamlined and updated and now offers fantastic value for money. Marketed under the slogan 'small is the new big' Honda have tried to position the Jazz firmly in the sub-compact city car market. It is a function that the car exceeds at. It offers a very small wheel base for a 5 door hatchback making it ideal for the urban market being extremely manoeuvrable and easy to park. One of the key features of the original jazz design was the unique position of the fuel tank under the front seats rather than the traditional rear placement. This versatile arrangement gives the Jazz one of the most spacious cabins in its class. Using the Honda 'Magic Seat' system the Jazz can increase its boot capacity from 399 litres to almost 900 litres. The Honda Jazz features some innovative safety features including both front and side airbags and full size curtain airbags on all models. The Jazz also has the revolutionary 'ACE' body structure which protects the passengers in the event of a collision with a larger vehicle.
Drive and Ride
In keeping with the minimal urban concept, Honda were very restrained in there engine choice for the Jazz offering a limited range of good small engines. That is not to say that they do not offer a fantastic ride. Both the 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre variants use the advanced i-VTEC technology which offers variable valve timing. This technology ensures that the small engines are not prone to the excessive engine vibration found in other manufacturers city cars and increases fuel efficiency. The 1.2 litre engine produces 89bhp and can reach sixty miles an hour in just over 12 seconds. The 1.4 litre improves on this generating 99bhp and a zero to sixty sprint time of 11.8 seconds. Both models offer fuel economy of around 55mpg with an emissions reading of just 123g/kg making it one of the cleanest city cars on the road and ensuring low fuel cost and UK road tax.
The Honda Jazz makes an exceptional buy with exemplary safety and reliability, practicality in spades and excellent handling and manoeuvrability. Simply put, the Jazz does what other manufacturers cars do, only better. There are currently a number of good New car deals on the Honda Jazz. The 1.2 i-VTEC S manual can be bought from £12,145 on the road and is available to pay monthly at £145 a month with a 0% APR. In addition, Honda offers a 4 years comprehensive service package for just £399. The Jazz 1.4 is also available with low rate finance deals including up to £1000 as a dealer contribution and 4 year servicing packages from £399.
Robert Dawson is an automotive expert who writes for several blogs and websites. He is sure you will find a great deal on a new Honda Jazz.