Honda Jazz interior
The Honda Jazz cabin won’t win any style awards, but it’s all fairly sensibly laid out. Sadly, some cheap materials and a rather frustrating infotainment system let the side down.
The Honda Jazz’s cabin isn’t exactly the height of luxury, but it’s no drab garden shed. Both its design and its materials look better and feel nicer than those you’ll find in a Nissan Note.
The stand out bits are the metal-effect trims on the air vents and dashboard and the piano black finish on the minimalist centre console. There are some plush feeling soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, but you don’t have to go far to find a few hard surfaces on the doors and around the glovebox.
The mid-range SE models and above also get a seven-inch touchscreen. It gets Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio as part of the package, satellite navigation bumps up the price by several hundred pounds.
The step up to EX models is worth considering because of the six-speaker stereo it comes fitted with – the basic system is pretty mediocre. These range-topping versions also get a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a 12V socket for charging your phone, tinted rear windows and some extra adjustment for the front passenger seat.
The Honda Jazz’s cabin is generally unexciting, but it does have a few little touches to liven things up.
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Entry-level Honda Jazz S cars come with a very simple entertainment system by modern standards – you get a DAB digital radio and a CD player but that’s about it. If simplicity is what you are after, then the physical buttons make it easier to use than the more expensive touchscreen system fitted to SE versions, especially on the move.
What you do get in the SE cars is a USB connection that means you can access your phone’s music library through the seven-inch touchscreen. Unfortunately, the display’s not quite as sharp as the equivalents found in a Skoda Fabia or Vauxhall Corsa and, despite the colourful icons, isn’t as intuitive to use. There aren’t any handy physical buttons to help you get to the key features quickly and it’s easy to get lost in its many menus.
It’s also irritating that you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems. This means you can’t use your phone’s navigation apps through the car’s built-in screen and you’ll have to fork out a notable amount of cash for the built-in Garmin satellite navigation system. It’s reasonably easy to pop in your destination but the map’s slightly blurry blue and white display isn’t the clearest to read on the move.
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