HONDA’S SIGNATURE TUNE
IF you’re prepared to buy a 2017 Honda Jazz, the top-spec VTi-L can be yours for about $26,560 on the road.
The features list includes leather-trimmed seats with heaters in the front pair, a seveninch touchscreen with satnav and Bluetooth connectivity (though no Android/Apple mirroring), cruise control and keyless start.
Honda has sweetened the deal with a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and seven years of roadside assist.
Servicing intervals are ordinary – every six months/10,000km – and the first six visits will cost $1668.
Versatility is the Jazz’s signature and the VTi-L does it with more style than its cheaper siblings.
The five-door hatch’s interior easily takes four adults with a huge (for the class) 354L of cargo space.
The rear seats fold 60-40 and effectively disappear into the floor to expand the boot volume to an apartment-shifting 1314L.
The downside: the quality of materials isn’t reflected in the price. The plastics largely don’t look and feel ‘mainstream premium’, as in some rivals.
The Jazz is a five-star vehicle based on ANCAP’s 2015 assessment. Active driving aids are not available on the baby Honda, so you have to rely on six airbags and a strong structure; the Jazz earned a crash rating of 36.58/37.
The Honda holds its own around town but lacks the sporty feel you’ll find in a Mazda2, largely
due to steering that is too lightly weighted to give much feedback and suspension that jolts over mid-corner lumps.
The continuously variable transmission is pretty inoffensive and only drones when you're pushing hard on the accelerator.
You notice it more because light hatches tend to use little insulation in the wheel arches to save weight.
Verdict: The go-to choice for those wanting big things from a small car, the Jazz doesn’t lead the pack as a fun drive but is simply the sensible option.
Cheaper versions are just as versatile as the VTi-L.
The Honda Jazz delivers big things from a small car.