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 luxurious, but it’s no garden shed, either. Both its design and its materials look better and feel nicer than what you’ll find in a Nissan Note.
Most noticeable are the metal-effect trims on the air vents and dashboard and the minimalist centre console with its piano black finish. There are some soft-touch plastics on the dashboard that feel reasonably plush, too, but you’ll not have to look too hard to find a few hard surfaces on the doors and around the glovebox.
You even get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system on mid-range SE models and above. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB digital radio as standard but you’ll have to hand over an extra £610 if you want satellite navigation.
The six-speaker stereo fitted to EX models is another upgrade worth considering because 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.
If you fancy something a little sportier, you should check out the high-spec Dynamic models. These come with contrasting orange stitching on the seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.
Pick a high-spec Honda Jazz Sport model and you get some bright-red contrasting stitching on the seats, steering wheel and gear lever to match this model’s upgraded bumper trims. You’ll also get the same touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and smartphone mirroring as EX cars, and there’s no change to the rather brittle, scratchy plastics on the dashboard, doors and centre console.
The only marginally exciting thing about the Jazz’s cabin is the contrasting red stitching you get on high-spec Sport models
Entry-level Honda Jazz S cars come with a very basic infotainment system – you get a DAB digital radio and a CD player but that’s about it. Its simple physical buttons actually make it easier to use than the more expensive touchscreen system fitted to SE versions – especially on the move.
That said, SE cars have a USB connection that allows you to access your phone’s music library through a seven-inch touchscreen. Unfortunately, the display’s not quite as sharp as what you’ll find in a Skoda Fabia or Vauxhall Corsa and, despite its colourful icons, isn’t as intuitive to use. There aren’t any handy physical buttons to help you access key features quickly and it’s easy to get lost in its many menus.
Another slight irritation is 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 an extra £610 for the built-in Garmin satellite navigation system. It’s reasonably easy to punch in your destination but the map’s slightly blurry blue and white display isn’t particularly easy to read on the move.