Honda will be avoiding the blues in 2015 with the release of its new Jazz mini-MPV. The supermini-sized car aims to offer exceptional interior space for its size and is powered by a newly designed petite petrol engine. Here are the five things you need to know…
1 – 2015 Honda Jazz – spacious with ‘magic’ seats
Honda says the new Jazz is going to offer ‘astonishing’ interior space for its overall size. By moving the fuel tank under the rear seats it’s been able to fit ‘magic’ rear seats – these can be folded flat to accommodate long items or the bases can be flipped up to fit tall items. The Jazz will offer the largest boot in its segment – at 354 litres it’s just shy of that in the much larger Ford Focus.
2 – 2015 Honda Jazz – lighter and more dynamic on road
A longer wheelbase, retuned suspension and further soundproofing make the new Jazz even more refined than its predecessor. The new setup also helps the Jazz feel more agile in corners and a new power steering system is said to provide more feedback to the driver. The new 1.3-litre petrol engine develops 101hp and can be specified with a six-speed manual or CVT auto.
3 – 2015 Honda Jazz – refreshed style
Style is an essential consideration for almost all buyers now – few will put up with an ugly car – so Honda has brought its ‘wing’ style family face over from the new Civic and CR-V to give the new Jazz some panache. The interior gets the requisite suite of soft-touch materials in order to improve the cabin ambience and chrome accents on interior elements helps enhance the feeling of quality.
4 – 2015 Honda Jazz – new infotainment system
An optional infotainment system called Honda Connect can be fitted and provides Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav and, using the Android operating software, can access the internet for real-time traffic updates and social media integration. You can also use Mirrorlink to use certain phone apps through the car’s touch-screen.
5 – 2015 Honda Jazz – supreme safety
Honda’s advanced driver assist system includes forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assist. Automatic city braking keeps a watchful eye over in-town proceedings and, should the worst happen, the car’s body structure has been designed to more evenly spread the load from a crash – minimising the damage done to cabin occupants.
If you’re taken with the Jazz, why not check out our reviews of the cars it needs to beat – the Nissan Note, Skoda Fabia and Kia Venga. Then head over to our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car.