Honda Jazz review - Interior, design and technology
With a fresh interior design and new on-board tech, Honda will be hoping to attract younger customers to the Jazz.
With the roofline reduced by 10mm, Honda has attempted to create a sleeker silhouette for the Jazz, although the overall profile is still more like a small MPV rather than a supermini. There are also slimmer A pillars which help with forward visibility and add to the already good-sized glasshouse.
Rather curiously, Honda has opted to do away with the vibrant paint choices that were on offer for the previous Jazz model. Instead there’s a rather dull choice of pearlescent and metallic colours to choose from, although Honda does include optional ‘Fun’ packs which allow the opportunity to add further personalisation to the exterior. The packs include different coloured trim pieces for the front grille and rear bumper, along with side inserts and door mirror caps.
The Jazz interior design has a definite whiff of the Honda e cabin, which is no bad thing. It’s a much classier look, with a minimalist two-spoke steering wheel and a new 7-inch digital driver display and 9-inch CONNECT touchscreen. The dash is simple and clearly laid out, with large physical switches and dials for the ventilation functions positioned underneath the touchscreen. It’s certainly a pleasant place to sit, although the Peugeot 208 still claims the crown for overall quality.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The entry-level SE specification is certainly the poorer relation in the Jazz model line-up. Although it includes Bluetooth and a DAB radio, it doesn’t feature the funky 9-inch touchscreen, instead making do with a rather plain 5-inch display. More importantly it also does without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and parking sensors. For an extra £1,200 you can climb into a car with SR trim that includes all this kit, plus a useful extra USB port.
Top-of-the-range EX versions add a reversing camera and further USB ports in the rear cabin, while the Crosstar model comes with a premium audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer.
In this review
- 1Honda Jazz reviewThe Honda Jazz supermini delivers practicality, excellent fuel economy and improved on-board tech, but cheaper rivals could prove tempting.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Jazz is available with a single hybrid engine option, offering solid performance and superb fuel economy.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsHigh list prices for the Jazz are offset by excellent economy and low emissions, while residual values should hold up well.
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingWith a fresh interior design and new on-board tech, Honda will be hoping to attract younger customers to the Jazz.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jazz still holds the ace card for practicality; nothing in the supermini class comes close to the versatile ‘Magic Seat’ system.
- 6Reliability and safetyCustomers rate the Jazz’s reliability, while Honda continues to offer impressive levels of safety.