2015 Honda Jazz – old vs new compared

The Honda Jazz has always been a capable, dependable feature of the mini-MPV landscape and the Japanese marque is hoping this third-generation model will push it to the top. Read our full preview here.

But what’s Honda actually changed from its predecessor? We’ve poured over it with a fine-tooth comb to bring you an old vs new breakdown.

2015 Honda Jazz old vs new – styling

The Jazz’s profile is mostly unchanged for the 2015 model, meaning the car can still offer the surprisingly tall and spacious cabin it’s become known for. The headlights and grille are now integrated into one ‘wing’ fascia shared with Honda’s Civic and CR-V. The slimmer units make the front end look lower and more purposeful.

The side is more sculpted with feature lines breaking up the metal and reducing visual height. The rear windscreen is more steeply raked than the rather upright one on the older model helping the car look more dynamic. The rear bumper now gets vents to look more sporty and the new brake light clusters add some visual window dressing. Overall, the new car looks a lot sharper than the predecessor.

2015 Honda Jazz old vs new – interior

Like the outside, the interior has been thoroughly overhauled for this third-generation model. The sculpted steering wheel remains but with new buttons for controlling the cruise control and stereo. The dash is now made of better quality, soft-touch plastic to push the cabin upmarket. Emphasising this effect is the climate control and infotainment screen which have taken the place of most of the buttons previously fitted to the Jazz’s centre console.

As with the old model, large quarterlight windows just behind the windscreen pillars allow improved forward visibility – useful in busy cities. New chrome-surrounded air vents add some visual eye-candy and the instrument cluster has been redesigned – it’s still dominated by a central speedo but now has blue backlighting that makes it appear more upmarket than the old generic orange.

2015 Honda Jazz old vs new – driving and engines

The old Jazz came with a choice of an 89hp 1.2- or a 99hp 1.4-litre petrol engines. For the new model, Honda has decided to split the difference and fit a 1.3-litre 101hp unit newly developed for the Jazz. This is expected to be cleaner than both engines it succeeds while also being faster than the old 1.4.

Honda will inevitably tune the Jazz to be comfortable and refined and rightly so – the majority of buyers will want a smooth, quiet ride. Despite this, Honda says the new Jazz will still be better to drive thanks to a new power steering system, a longer wheelbase and retuned suspension. It’s also added lots more soundproofing which should keep things nice and quiet.

2015 Honda Jazz old vs new – equipment

The previous Jazz had a reasonable level of standard equipment but towards the end of its life started to look a little sparse compared to its rivals – air-con and Bluetooth connectivity weren’t even standard features. The new model gets a simplified equipment list – a virtue of the optional Honda Connect infotainment system, which neatly handles Bluetooth, audio roles and, on higher-spec models, sat-nav.

Smartphone users will be well catered for with Honda’s Connect system because it offers integration with most major models and has a proprietary app store with Honda apps for trip information, navigation, social media integration and audio streaming.

2015 Honda Jazz old vs new – safety

Like the new Civic, the Jazz gets automatic city braking as standard and, as an optional extra, the Honda driver assistance program. This is a suite of technologies including collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assistance.

While the previous Jazz wasn’t considered unsafe, Honda claims the construction of the new Jazz makes it significantly stronger than its forebear. This means it’s more able to dissipate energy in a crash and, thanks to the clever design, is less likely to ride over or under whatever it hits.

Joining the Jazz club?

Honda is aiming to deliver the new Jazz in the summer but, until then, take a look at its rivals – the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa. Then, head over to our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car.

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