Honda Jazz (2015 -) Comfort

Review by Adam Binnie on
Last Updated: 10 May 2016
4.5
The Honda Jazz has been around since 2002 during which time it has shifted more than 300,000 of them in the UK and won 70 European awards. It is quite a big deal, and one of Honda’s most important cars.

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

Supportive seats are easy to get in and out of thanks to wide opening doors and air conditioning is standard on all models, so there’s no risk of overheating.

Even though the new Jazz has an increased focus on handling, the ride hasn’t suffered, meaning it still offers cushioning suspension at low speed and a decent amount of body-roll resistance at higher speeds.

Cabin noise is kept to a minimum with new soundproofing that has been installed in the wheel arches and dashboard to help reduce wind and road noise. The engine is more vocal at higher revs but on a cruise it’s perfectly hushed.

Some of the plastics are a little hard, including the door mounted arm rest, but on the whole Honda Jazz comfort levels are high.

5 out of 5

Practicality

This is the car’s trump card and it comes down to clever packaging which allows maximum interior space.

You get decent sized door pockets, three cup holders and a large central bin in the front. Rear passengers don’t fare so well with smaller pockets in the doors and seat backs.

Honda Jazz practicality comes from an extra 95mm of length outside and 30mm between the wheels. This means front occupants have an extra 30mm of shoulder room, and rear passengers get 115mm more leg room.

This trend continues in the boot where an extra 17 litres of space means 354 litres is available with the rear seats up and 897 litres with them down.

The Magic Seats have several different positions, each offering something different. In “utility mode” they fold forward and the seat base is lowered into the footwell, creating a 1,505 mm long flat floor.

In “tall mode” the seat base can be locked upwards to give a height of 1,280mm from floor to ceiling, so you can carry tall items behind the front seats.

Finally in “long mode” the front passenger seat can be folded back completely flat to accommodate items up to 2,480mm long.

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How does the boot space compare?

411 litres
360 litres
Honda Jazz (15 on)
354 litres
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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Cabin material quality looks like it’s been given an uplift over the previous model but there are still a few scratchy plastics here and there. The dash is a nice, soft-touch material and everything is pointed at the driver, making it easy to find and navigate around the various controls.

The seven-inch screen takes a little while to respond to inputs and the touch sensitive areas seem to be a bit temperamental too, you have to make sure you press in the right place and with the right pressure.

A large cup holder to the right of the wheel is convenient for the driver but blocks the air vent so you might be better off using the two under the centre console.

It’s quite easy to get comfortable thanks to an increased amount of adjustment in the wheel and seats, plus everything is well within reach so you don’t have to keep readjusting your position.