Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the 2015 Honda Jazz.
The 2015 Honda Jazz is one of the most practical and reliable super-minis on the market.
Compared with more stylish rivals, the Honda Jazz was created with pure practicality in mind. Thanks mainly to the cleverly designed interior the Jazz is about the most family-friendly car in this segment of the small car market.
While the standard equipment list is fairly sparse, the Honda Jazz offers enough gear to make it a well-balanced car, especially for getting about in the city.
The external styling is unlikely to attract attention like some of its more distinctive rivals, but on the positive side of the ledger, the appeal of the Jazz’s design is its clever cabin and ergonomically sound dashboard and easy to reach buttons and controls.
The other pleasing aspect is that it provides an excellent driving position, with ample leg room in the front, that will accommodate even drivers with long legs comfortably. While the rear leg room is a little limited, it is still quite good for this size of car.
Driving the Jazz in town is a pleasant experience, thanks to the light controls, all round excellent visibility and positive steering.
Safety ranks highly in the Honda Jazz with a five star ANCAP rating, thanks to six air-bags, electronic stability control and active head rest restraints, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, reverse camera and emergency stop signals.
What Jazz may lack in visual appeal when compared with other makes in this level of the market, it more than makes up with interior space and flexibility.
The boot is quite generous and load space can be extended with the fold down rear seats, when bulky or long items need to be transported.
The seat configuration offers the possibility of arranging the interior to 18 different positions. It can seat five adults in reasonable comfort around the city, and on short trips out of town. On long trips it may become a little cramped for five adults though.
There are three variations in the line-up – VTi manual, VTi CVT, VTi-S CVT and VTI-L CVT.
Power windows and mirrors, remote locking, a good sound and climate control system, ample storage and good instrumentation add to the overall package making the Jazz a very creditable small car.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Honda Jazz
Engine: 1.5 litre petrol producing 88kW and 145Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual or CVT-auto
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $14,990