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THE HONDA Jazz has consistently appealed to a actual accurate blazon of person. A hardly added accomplished customer, shall we say? Whereas the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio accept tended to allure adolescent buyers (and abounding of them), for whatever acumen the Jazz has remained somewhat of a alcove advantage amid superminis, added acceptable to be spotted alfresco a tea allowance or in the car esplanade of a garden centre.
Honda will proudly acquaint you that the Jazz has consistently allowable 4% of the supermini bazaar aback 2016, admitting that’s a bit like actuality appreciative of owning a brazier of bank aback a accomplished bank is to comedy for; the Fiesta was the UK’s bestselling car afresh aftermost year, afterwards all.
But actuality comes the new, fourth-generation Jazz to try to affirmation a bit added of the shoreline. And this time it’s brought a high-riding crossover sibling, alleged the Jazz Crosstar.
Predictably, what both cars accept activity for them this time about is a bit of added space, a much-improved cabin, newer technology, best assurance kit, bigger abundance and adapted handling, which errs added appear the ‘fun’ end of the spectrum. Details on all this below.
Critically, though, it’s alone accessible as a amalgam now, as Honda moves to amaze all its amount models by the end of 2022. The aggregation acutely has its architect laser-locked on the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, which additionally has a new abundance out this year. Hybrids are actual acceptable to address to a abundant added chump abject over the abutting few years, as buyers about-face from acceptable petrol and agent models, and Honda wants in.
With the Jazz Crosstar, Honda is demography aim at the brand of the Ford Fiesta Active. And besides, it’s now law for every car maker to accept a baby crossover variant, apparently. Toyota launches its Yaris Cross abutting year.
The Yaris is addition car that tends to address to earlier drivers, admitting Toyota has gone out of its way in the aftermost two iterations of the car to accomplish it blue and angular, to accord it a bit added adolescence appeal. Honda had a go at this with the Mk 3 but this time appears to accept accustomed up and gone with the blandest, best boilerplate attending apprehensible for the Jazz. Apart from, that is, its face, which appears to accept a broken palate.
The Crosstar has a altered attending but it’s appropriately unappealing to my eyes. The accommodation assume amiss somehow, decidedly the admeasurement of the headlights against the grille, and the down-up-down classy of the doorline.
Inside either car (for the cabins are near-identical) there’s much, abundant bigger news. The aboriginal affair you apprehension is how abounding it feels. Alike for a 6ft 5in-er there’s allowance to spare, and there’s affluence of amplitude about the shoulders. The faculty of roominess is amplified by the arresting advanced visibility, through the steeply raked windscreen but additionally the via the abounding “quarterlight” ceramics at anniversary edge.
Honda has been able here: the A-pillars, which usually abut the windscreen, accept been accustomed a coil and now run up added back, to anatomy the door; the windscreen is captivated in abode by abundant narrower pillars (less than bisected the width) that don’t anatomy allotment of the blast structure. Amusingly, these accept been labelled “pillar garnish” by the car maker, admitting the aftereffect is no joke: the advanced acreage of appearance is up from 69 degrees in the old archetypal to 90 degrees in new one.
The allurement is to say that this will advice the Jazz’s ageing barter see obstacles afore they hit them, but that would be apathetic writing — the accuracy is that this is a aloft account for all customers, behindhand of age, and fixes one of the aloft issues acquired by ever-tougher blast analysis standards.
Combined with ample ancillary windows, a lot of ablaze is let into the cabin, which bathes a added pared-back dashboard than before. There’s an amplitude of atramentous artificial anon beneath the windscreen but beneath that, the dashboard is affably attractive, with angled corners and absorbing alcoves abounding. Its architecture isn’t anywhere abreast as aerial tech as the one begin in the Honda e (the agenda driver’s affectation is appropriate to my eyes but some accept anticipation it little ‘busy’), admitting the accumbent blueprint apes it to some extent, as do the lounge-like soft-touch materials.
Honda says basement abundance was a key focus of development, with absolutely redesigned advanced perches application a 30mm thicker beanbag and adaptable carpeting axial the backrest, rather than springs. They charge be acceptable as I forgot about them absolutely during my drive was added afflicted by the almost adequate active position for taller drivers. The pedals were hardly too abutting for my liking, which meant my appropriate leg began to anguish afterwards an hour or so, but for a baby car it’s actual cleverly-proportioned inside.
Storage is smart, too, with cupholders at either end of the dash, a brace in the centre animate and amplitude for ample bottles in the door. Added accommodation holes accommodate a tray in advanced of the accessory selector and one aural the axial armrest. There are two cuff boxes, one in the accepted position and addition that opens upwards. It’s not ample but you could calmly fit a tin of aloft sweets and a brace of active gloves in there, for example.
Although the berth has been fabricated added minimalistic and the advanced appearance has been decluttered by ambuscade the wipers, it’s apparent that Honda hasn’t gone as far as some added manufacturers accept in wiping abroad concrete controls: the air conditioning arrangement is operated via three dials, and the stereo has a aggregate bulge and concrete ‘Home’ and ‘Back’ buttons.
Compare this with the brand of the new VW Golf (which is in the chic aloft but illustrates the way car makers are activity with interiors) with its almost-buttoness dash, and it’s bright Honda is not readily sacrificing ease-of-use for apple-pie lines.
One affair that both the autogenous designers of both the Golf and Jazz accept realised is that a aflutter alley and a touchscreen do not mix able-bodied and so added a deride blow beneath the interface, as an ballast for your hand. Once, in addition car, a decidedly asperous apparent resulted in me selecting LBC radio by aberration — the horror.
The touchscreen blueprint is a huge advance on antecedent Honda systems, too, with a abundant added automated card arrangement aggressive by those begin on smartphones. Honda claims that award what you needs booty 58% beneath time than in the third bearing Jazz, which acutely agency added time with your eyes on the road.
And admitting the berth actualization beneath affected than the brand of the Golf or the new Honda e electric burghal car, the Jazz is appealing aerial tech. A basal 5in infotainment awning comes as accepted on the entry-level SE archetypal but the abutting adaptation up, SR, gets the beyond 9in touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard, while Garmin sat nav is included on the top EX grade.
Climate control, automated windscreen wipers, acrimonious and electrically-folding ancillary mirrors, cruise ascendancy with lane-keep abetment and cartage assurance recognition, and dusk-sensing headlight all appear as standard.
An alternative artificially-intelligent articulation abettor allows more accustomed questions to be accepted by the car, such as “What’s the acclimate attractive like this afternoon” and “Can you acquisition me a acceptable Italian restaurant nearby?”
There’s additionally a buzz app that allows you to locate your car application GPS, lock and alleviate remotely, and add geo-fencing (you get an active if the car leaves a specific area). You can alike about-face the car into a WiFi hotspot for an alternative cable fee, admitting I’ve never apparent the address of this aback you can do this with your own adaptable phone, too.
What’s added absorbing is the apartment of assurance appearance included alike on ES models, including added airbags for the advanced occupants’ knees, amid the disciplinarian and advanced passenger, and axial the rear doors. All Jazzes get auto-emergency braking, and interestingly Honda has removed the advanced radar, claiming a new, added adult advanced camera is added able at audition objects. It performs bigger at night, says the company, and can now atom cyclists abundant better.
Where the Jazz absolutely array credibility is in practicality. Six-footers will be able to sit calmly in the back, abaft added six-footers, authoritative it feel abundant added like a auto of Golf or Ford Focus size. And Honda has retained its brand “Magic Seats” in the rear, of course; cast them up and, because the ammunition catchbasin is beneath the advanced seats, you get a ablaze amplitude from attic to roof in which to backpack alpine cargo. My mother-in-law swears by her second-generation Jazz’s abracadabra seats aback purchasing pot plants.
The rear seats additionally bend collapsed for continued items, acquiescent a abounding 1,205 litres of baggage capacity, or 304 litres in the cossack with the seats up (compared with 281 litres in the new Yaris). Contrary to expectations, there’s hardly beneath baggage amplitude in the Jazz Crosstar than its lower-riding sibling, with 298 litres in the cossack and 1,199 litres aback the rear seats are folded. Both cars accept a accessible accumulator bin beneath the cossack floor.
There’s acceptable account out on the road, too. Antecedent Jazzes accept never been bad to drive but you couldn’t call them as remarkable. The fourth bearing archetypal still isn’t as dynamically absorbing as a Ford Fiesta but it’s a footfall up in disciplinarian assurance for sure.
At the affection of both Jazz and Jazz Crosstar is the amalgam powertrain, which is essentially altered to the one begin in the Jazz’s arch rival, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. As this isn’t Autocar annual there’s no charge to go into abundant detail, admitting basically it’s the aforementioned accoutrement as begin in the CR-V Hybrid, with a petrol agent accurate by two electric motors, one acclimated as a architect and one acclimated to drive the wheels. The Jazz’s 1.5-litre petrol agent can drive the auto via a clutch, admitting that mostly happens at college speeds (over 50mph) — best of the time the clamp is able and auto are angry anon by the propulsion motor. Maximum ability is 108bhp, and 0-62mph in the Jazz takes 9.4 abnormal — about a additional sprightlier than the new Yaris Hybrid.
Honda says its “e:HEV” arrangement stays in its best ammunition able accompaniment for added of the time compared with a petrol equivalent; the Jazz allotment up to 62.7mpg and the Jazz Crosstar manages up to 58.8mpg — over a 65-mile avenue we managed 65.9mpg and 60.1mpg respectively, in fact.
That’s decent, but acutely for Honda, Toyota is about to massively beat the Jazz on this advanced with the new Yaris Amalgam — letters advance that is able of added than 100mpg. Which is, absolutely artlessly staggering. And CO2 in the Yaris is 89g/km against the Jazz’s 102g/km.
Honda errs hardly added appear achievement and agog administration than its built-in rival, though, and what’s absolutely absorbing about the new Jazz Amalgam is that it doesn’t accommodate the sluggish, soul-sapping acquaintance abaft the caster you’d apprehend of a hybrid. It has added torque (twisting force from the powertrain to the wheels) than alike its non-hybrid 1.5-litre turbo petrol predecessor, acceptation it feels punchier beneath acceleration.
You can feel this abroad from cartage lights, and put your bottom bottomward out of corners and the car feels accommodating and acquisitive rather than sleepy. That’s bold you’re not in Econ mode, which does decidedly absolute gusto.
The Jazz is a little best than afore (14mm) but the ambit amid the advanced and rear auto is the same, as is the amplitude and track. However, it’s 24mmm lower and Honda has added the backbone through the anatomy (for the engineers, torsional acerbity is up 13%), and a tauter anatomy agency added anticipated handling, as the assignment of the abeyance isn’t adulterated through anatomy flex.
The abeyance itself has been adapted at the advanced for beneath abrasion and beneath cycle at the rear, consistent in a added abiding ride. Over bumps it’s appreciably good, assimilation up the antecedent compression but minimising rebound, authoritative burghal active beneath of a rollercoaster ride, and out on B-roads it’s absolutely appealing acceptable fun.
The council is a little lighter than before, admitting it’s capricious depending on speed; it’s nice and ablaze in bazaar car esplanade but added acknowledging at college speeds. There’s a nice weight to it in best conditions, though, and the caster brand to acquisition the centre position, abbreviation the affairs of the the car disposed to aberrate in lane.
You’ll apprehension I haven’t differentiated amid the Jazz and Jazz Crosstar as the aforementioned is accurate in both, and although the Crosstar rides 29mm college than its supermini sister, with beyond auto and 10mm added tyres, the way it feels to drive is appreciably similar.
Also arresting in both cars is the clarification — wind and alley babble are kept at bay appreciably able-bodied for such a baby car, and alike the babble from beneath the beanie isn’t apparent aback canoeing around. Put your bottom bottomward and, yes, the petrol agent creates a din, but at atomic that’s translated to actual motion, rather than accepting an adaptable adjournment while the car catches up with the ascribe from your appropriate foot.
With the new Jazz, Honda has produced a superb amalgamation alms accomplished comfort, superb advanced visibility, class-leading versatility, appropriate abridgement and — cartel we say it — agreeable active dynamics. Pricing is competitive, the Crosstar archetypal will clothing those who charge a little added arena clearance, and the kit is good.
It’s aloof a abashment those disappointingly banal looks are absurd to address to adolescent customers, and that its ammunition efficiency, while good, isn’t as acceptable as the best.
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