Some fresh Jazz

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra -

The all- new Honda Jazz, will cost from £ 13,495 when new gen­er­a­tion mod­els ar­rive in Septem­ber.

That start­ing price is for the en­try level S grade ver­sion while the flag­ship EX Navi CVT vari­ant tops the list at a hefty £17,425.

One of the most pop­u­lar mod­els in Honda’s range, the new car’s plat­form grows the su­per­mini’s over­all length by 95mm. Clever pack­ag­ing means that the latest Jazz is con­sid­er­ably big­ger on the in­side than its pre­de­ces­sor.

As a re­sulty you get boot space - 354 litres with the rear seats up and 897 litres with them low­ered - and pas­sen­ger space that Honda says is un­ri­valled in the class.

The Ja­panese brand has re­tained its Magic Seat sys­tem which al­lows nu­mer­ous cargo con­fig­u­ra­tions and a max­i­mum in­te­rior load­ing length of a 2,480mms.

De­sign- wise the new­comer re­tains the clas­sic Jazz sil­hou­ette and adds some dis­tinc­tive styling, in­clud­ing a pow­er­ful new face and stronger char­ac­ter lines.

Kit across the range is com­pre­hen­sive, with base-grade S mod­els fit­ted as stan­dard with the likes of air-con, cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter and dusk sens­ing auto lights, while ev­ery grade comes with City-Brake Ac­tive to help avoid low-speed ac­ci­dents.

The mid-grade SE model, priced from £ 14,595, adds front and rear park­ing sen­sors, elec­tri­cally ad­justable and heated door mir­rors and 15-inch al­loy wheels.

Honda’s Driver As­sis­tance Safety Pack, with five ad­vanced safety aids, is also in­cluded.

Those opt­ing for the top-grade EX model from £15,715 get smart en­try and start, auto cli­mate con­trol and six-speaker au­dio up­grade plus 16-inch al­loys and front fog lamps.

Cus­tomers opt­ing for the SE or EX mod­els will also ben­e­fit from the Honda Con­nect in-car in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with an app- based ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ in­ter­face ac­cessed on a seven-inch touch­screen in the cen­tre of the dash.

A new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol en­gine from the com­pany’s Earth Dreams Tech­nol­ogy se­ries is in ev­ery car, com­bined with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual gear­box or a newly de­vel­oped CVT, and CO2 emis­sions are as low as 106g/km.

Honda ex­pects fuel econ­omy to be an av­er­age 56.5mpg in man­ual ver­sions and up to 61.4 in the CVT.

Leon Bran­nan, Honda UK’s head of cars, said: “Jazz con­tin­ues to evolve its unique blend of qual­ity, com­pact di­men­sions and class-lead­ing in­te­rior space.”

Look­ing good new Jazz has a much more mod­ern look

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