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Honda Jazz 2015 in the driving report: Honda's little space miracle

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Honda Jazz (2015) driving report
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D he Jazz is one of the most important car models that Honda currently offers. The two previous generations have sold 5.5 million times worldwide. Why? Because jazz makes the most of its possibilities. Despite the compact dimensions, it offers passengers a decent amount of space, variable charging options at a relatively low price. A real Volkswagen.

With the third generation, Honda is trying to refine this recipe for success. The so-called 'monoform' corresponds to the current Honda design line and should appear as if it were made from one piece. As is so often the case, that remains a matter of taste; From some perspectives, the wheels look small and the body looks large. Perhaps because the Honda Jazz has grown a lot: the body stretches 95 millimeters in length; however, the front bumper eats 40 millimeters of it. But in the rear, one leg movement is enough to see how spacious the Jazz has become: in the second row of seats, passengers have more legroom than in a Mercedes S-Class! In addition, there is the above-average variability.

Honda Jazz offers four charging modes

Even if the trunk volume only increases by 17 liters to 354 liters, the new Jazz can take a lot. Honda has come up with four charging modes for this purpose. In “utility mode”, the rear seats fold forward, lowering the seat surface and creating a flat loading floor. The cargo volume then increases to 1,314 liters. In “tall mode” the rear bench folds up like a cinema seat. Higher objects now fit directly on the ground. And when the front passenger seat is folded down, the “long mode” allows you to stow, you guessed it, long objects. Finally, the 'refresh mode' should serve to relax after a long journey. The backrest of the front seat folds down completely, creating a couch-like seat in the rear. Then jazz makes you think of Maybach.

All in all, that's exactly what customers have already liked about jazz in the past. No wonder, because the third generation of models is the result of intensive market research. Customers want the proven variability and they get it. What is new, however, is the infotainment system with Honda Connect. The seven-inch touchscreen in the center console can be used to control navigation, radio and apps including smartphone integration. There's also something new under the hood. The old 1.2-liter engine gives waythe new 1.3-liter VTEC petrol engine. It brings it to 102 PS and 123 Newton meters. But they are only available at 5,000 rpm, which is why the small VTEC has to be turned properly if you want to be on the move faster or if you are trying to reach the speed of the motorway quickly.

CVT transmission optional

It gets quite loud in the interior, with the engine sounding somewhere between booming, uncomfortable and robust, almost sporty. The six-speed manual gearbox even allows for something like driving fun - the shift travel is ten percent shorter than the previous model.

The Jazz quickly puts an end to sporting ambitions: the body movements are clearly noticeable and the ESP regulates early and reliably. So exactly what you expect from jazz. As expected, Honda also offers the CVT transmission. However, this is no longer stepless, but simulates an automatic seven-speed transmission. The result is pleasantly smooth gear changes during normal driving and rough changes during kick-down. Jazz customers will probably not mind - they prefer to transport the yucca palm in the 'Tall' set and are happy if it doesn't spill the earth.

Honda Jazz from 15,900 euros

Prices start at 15,900 euros in the base. The Comfort version costs from 16,850 and the Elegance version from 18,450. Not cheap? No, but with the proven variability and good use of space, the third jazz generation is doing just as much right as its predecessor - thanks to market research.

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