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      01.10.2013 23:00
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      Great city car for the money.

      The Honda Jazz is a decent, cheap little run-around with a surprising amount of space inside. It is cheap to run, comfortable and small, making it an ideal city car.

      My Fiancée's car is a 1.4 Honda Jazz, on an "04" plate in "SE" trim. Prices start from £995 or so for a used model, base spec car in poor condition with high mileage, with acceptable models with reasonable mileage from around £2000. It comes with two choices of engines, a 1.2 litre petrol engine with 78bhp, and a 1.4 litre petrol with 83bhp. An auto box is available on the 1.4. Both are relatively cheap to tax, with the 1.2 being in band D, and the 1.4 in band E, which is £105 and £125 respectively at today's prices. MPG and performance stats are relatively similar, with the 1.4 being marginally faster but slightly less economical. The 1.2, however is rarer and thus many people stick with the 1.4.
      Note that the 1.4 is technically a 1.3, at 1339cc, however it has been badged as a 1.4.

      The car is getting around 35-40 mpg on average, and it is only used for town driving. While this isn't great by modern standards, its very good for a car of it's age. The 83 bhp model does want a bit more power at higher speeds, such as on motorways, however it will cope with them. Just be aware that this is a city car, and if you're looking for a car for a 30 mile motorway commute, you should probably look elsewhere.

      However, as a city car, it excels. The engine is perfectly happy at low speeds, and feels relatively nippy when manoeuvring into tight spaces in a car park. It's fairly small, too, at only 3845mm long, which is similar to a Vauxhall Corsa or Ford Fiesta. The light steering, gearbox and clutch really help too, and the vertical rear window means it is really easy to judge the distance to the car behind.

      Although the Honda Jazz is a pretty small car, it feels massive inside. Everything is so light and spacious, especially with the sunroof open. It is very tall too, with a rather high driving position. Honda also installed a "Magic Seats" system. This means that there is a lever on the top of the front passenger seat, similar to where it would normally be in a 3-door. However, unlike a three door model, this lever is used to slide the front seat forwards from the rear, ideal if you're storing something in the rear footwell but there isn't quite enough space with the seat pushed back.
      The rear seats also fold completely flat with one push of a button, you don't have to mess with the seat base like on so many cars.
      But the most impressive feature of all is the space under the seat base. Instead of mounting the fuel tank under the rear seats, Honda have moved it to under the front seats. Consequently, there is now a massive space under the rear seats, so pull up on the seat base and fold the leg frame in and there is a very large area that can be used for unusually tall items, like plants. The boot, while small, is plenty big enough for a weekly shop and is still impressive for a car of it's size. There are also lots of small but brilliantly thought out cubby holes and storage compartments, for example under the steering wheel, and two drinks holders by the stereo. The only downside, however, is the glovebox. Whereas most cars have a deep and tall glovebox, the glovebox in the Jazz is rather shallow and short, due in part to it having two shelves rather than a large compartment. However the range of other storage compartments makes up for this.

      For such a small car, the Jazz also has lots of "big car" gadgets. A large, electric sunroof, air con, electric windows front and rear, electric heated mirrors, a trip computer and a CD player may be the norm on modern cars, but it's a rather impressive list for a car that came out twelve years ago. On the higher spec "Sport" trim, alloy wheels and a bodykit are standard. Base spec S model has just front electric windows, no sunroof and, while air con was technically an option, it cost more than it would to upgrade to "SE" trim.

      Now, onto reliability. Usually, Japanese cars are incredibly reliable, however while breakdowns rarely happen, they can tend to be expensive, especially parts. The Jazz has only gone wrong once, but it did require a hefty £700 bill, where labour was only £50 and the rest being the part. Quotes for this part were sometimes in excess of £1500, so even this "hefty bill" was really cheap! Using the "reliability index" website, where an "average" car would have an index of 100, and the lower the better, the Jazz scored a very impressive 20. Overall, for a 9 year old car, I'm impressed.

      In summary, the Honda Jazz is a small, rather cheap city car with an impressive specification for a car of its size and price. My Fiancée loves it so much, she has decided when this car finally bites the dust (not likely any time soon!) her next car will be a new Jazz.

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      06.09.2013 13:26

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      An excellent small family car with buckets of room and versitility

      Before our first little one arrived we needed to look for a new family car that was reliable, spacious, good on fuel and easy to park (we live in a rather over-crowed street very near shops, not ideal).

      I was tasked with looking and quiet honestly I didn't know where to start but having seen a fair few Jazz's around I thought maybe I should go and have a look at one, as this many people can't be wrong.

      So I went to my local Honda dealer and had a good look around various models and thought it was a pretty decent car but it wasn't until the sales person showed me its key features. Forgetting the 7 cup holders, the overall visibility around the car from inside is excellent with a sweeping front windscreen, tall side windows and a large rear window. Loading the car is also a breeze with a low boot floor with minimal lip you can slide large items straight in, not only that but the height and width of the boot combined with the fact the seats can go completely flat making a level load area means it swallows large items like freezers and recently came in real handy when moving house.

      As for room it take three children in the back including all their gear and car seats etc with ease and gets around 45 mpg even when fully loaded. Although not that powerful it has more than enough grunt to overtake lorries on motorways.

      So just to make sure I was making the right decision I took a test drive with their designated test driver who accompanies all people. So I asked him what he thought of the car, then finding out that he and his wife were on their second jazz and they were big fans, never had a problem and wouldn't choose any other car finding it perfect for ferrying there grandchildren round.

      So we've had our little Honda Jazz for less than 1 year now and it's the best small car we've ever had.

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      03.11.2011 20:35

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      I strongly recommend this car

      When it was time to upgrade my car I chose the car as I wanted something that would be reliable, safe, cheap to run, and practical. So far, the Honda Jazz has ticked every box.

      I have had my Honda Jazz for about 2 years and haven't had any problems with it at all, reliability was a big factor in my decision making and it really has lived up to the saleswoman's pitch. I haven't even needed to change a bulb! It's very fuel efficient for a car of it's size, mine is a 57 plate and gets about 45 mpg (petrol). It's spacious and can comfortably fit three child seats in the back, and has a very roomy boot. It has some cool party tricks too - the back seats fold up like cinema seats, and when the back seats are collapsed they go completely flat (unlike most hatchbacks), giving it a feel of a small van - great for filling up with camping gear or moving house. It's very sturdy too, I have had two minor accidents in it (whoops!) and, on both occasions, the bumpers were left with very minimal damage.

      It's not the sportiest car, nor will it give you much street cred, but if you're looking for something, safe, reliable, and practical, I would definitely recommend the Jazz.

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      18.07.2011 01:43
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      if you want a reliable car, the jazz is for you

      The Honda Jazz is a good car. Ok, its not a supercar. It's not going to break the land speed record. Its not particularly good looking and it doesn't come with tons of the latest gadgets. What you do get, is something just as valuable. The Jazz is the most reliable car ive ever owned. I have had no problems whatsoever with the Jazz and have seldom heard of any problems with it. The Jazz is a good size car, not a people carrier and not massive, but big enough to fit your golf clubs and trolley in, or bags for the family holiday. It is more fuel efficient than other cars of its size, vital in the current climate. It has all the gadgets that are expected in the modern world such as CD, Radio and Air Con. The interior of the Jazz is smart and all though i said earlier it doesn't look great, its far from being an ugly car. The Jazz is a good car to drive, with the engine feeling quite powerful and it handles well for a bigish car. The Jazz is a great family car, and for a car that you wont have to take to the garage every month you should look no further.

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        30.10.2010 22:32
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        Worth it for its price

        Despite the embarassment of being probably the youngest people to ever drive one of these cars, it is a lovely car to drive about. The ride is smooth, gear changes smooth, the seats are very comfortable especially on long drives which is already a useful aspect.

        The engine is very quiet, apart from its Cold start up feature which is where it revs the engine slightly higher when you first start it up so that no performance is lost when you first get going. This feature is visible from a blue "C" on the dashboard.

        The price you pay for this, is represented in the quality of this vehicle. The car has a very good quality engine and every aspect of its drive is of a high standard.

        The car is very spacious and no one has trouble fitting in the seat behind me when i have it all the way back. One small trouble i find with this car is that the Gear stick could do with being a bit closer. Though i am 6ft, so sit quite a way back, so if you are shorter than me then chances are you wont have this issue.

        The storage space in the car is very good, with all the rear seats folding flat. Even when the back seats are full, you can store bags under the rear seats, as unlike other cars, there is a large space under the backseats, where they fold down. A very practical car for people with lots of luggage and that need the extra space.

        For the price this car is, it is definately worth it with its drive quality and all the aspects it has.

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        20.08.2010 10:55

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        Enjoyable driving, safe driving, comfortable car overall.

        I recently upgraded to a Civic, but before that i had a 1.4 Jazz 07 plate. Size wise, it is a small car. I had a 4 door, which was ideal. Plenty of space, even room in the back to put things under the seats, which was great. Reasonable size boot. Easy to park as it will fit into most spaces. Compact is a good description, not roomy, but enough space to use. Power wise, i struggled with this car. There is a hill in Devon called Haldon Hill, if you know the Westcountry it is just outside Exeter. Long, steepish incline. My Jazz hated this hill, foot to the floor and still things over taking me. On the dual carriageway and country roads, it was fine, could manage 70 mph happily, however, you really notice the lack of power going up the hill. I also really noticed windy days, strange, but driving up the M5 i would often feel like i was moving in the wind, i guess because this is a lightweight, small car. In my civic i feel much sturdier. The Jazz was very economical, good use of fuel. I vaguely remember that you can only get petrol in this model, not diesel. As with everything Honda, the look and feel of the interior is quality. Dashboard is bright, cheerful and best of all uncomplicated. Honda customer service really is second to none. If you don't do a lot of long distance driving, this is a perfect local car. Plenty of room for passengers too, not at all cramped in the back.

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        21.06.2010 22:22

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        A great car for everyday use and long distance driving.

        I love this car!

        Having previously driven only Fords, two of these being a Ford Ka, I was scepticle about driving a different make. I was looking for a new car that had decent boot space for weekends away, but was not too big to handle/park etc. I also had to take into account the fact that although I have very short legs, my husband is 6' 4", so it had to suit both of us. As we were planning a family, we also wanted a 5-door car, so that we could easily fit car seats when the time came.

        I have not been disappointed! As a newish mother, I have found the car perfect for both group 1 and 2 car seats - the access to the back seats is excellent. As a family that is keen on camping, we have found that the boot space is ample, and more flexible than that of our Ford Focus. The back seats fold up or flat for extra storage space and we have not yet failed to fit in everything we need.

        As far as the drive goes, you may experience a little road noise, but if you tend to have the radio on as I do, you can't really hear it. I am not an expert on the workings of cars, but I think the Honda Jazz is great, and would recommend it to anyone!

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        01.04.2010 20:52
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        Highly Recommended

        We have owned our Honda Jazz 1.4 for 6 years now and have found it to be an excellent purchase. Only problem is that my wife has claimed it as 'her car' so I don't get to drive it as much nowadays!

        These are my thoughts on an 04 plate Honda Jazz.

        Initial looks are less than startling, but the design grows on you, and the square back and bug-eye headlights seem to be on most makes nowadays (not to say that Honda was the first).

        The inside is the usual plastic, but has a solid feel and resists marking too much. The cabin is well laid out with good size controls for the heating, radio, A/C, etc, rather than small ones that can be a scrabble to find when driving. It also has a smooth gear change. The driving position also feels quite elevated, which is unusual in a small car, though the seats could perhaps do with a bit more comfort.

        I am not a petrol head, so can't compare the drive to many other cars, but it feels light and responsive to me. The ride can be a bit joggly over the bumpy roads, but feels solid.

        Having called it a small car, it isn't really! The space inside is ample for a family of 4 and 3 would fit into the rear seat, but not, perhaps for a long journey. The seat formation is what sold it to us. The rear seats fold forwards to enlarge the boot, or fold up to make a large storage area behind the front seats, without impacting the boot space. The back seats are split 60/40, so you can fold one up/down, while still seating passenger/s in the back.

        On a good drive, we can get up to 50 mpg, but on shorter trips, it averages in the low 40's, which is still pretty good. It doesn't like cold weather, though, as the mpg can go as low as 35. The mileometer allows you to check the mpg per trip, so it is interesting to see how different driving affects it.

        One of the things my that wife loves about the car is how simple it is to park, as it fits into spaces that most other cars wouldn't fit into - just the job on the school run, when 90% of the other cars are 4x4s.

        On a reliability scale the Honda make is second to none, as we have had no problems at all (I have also got an 8 year old Civic, which has had no problems). We do have the car serviced annually by a Honda garage (along with its MOT) and it usually comes in at £250-£300.

        Would I recommend a Jazz, undoubtedly. We are thinking of trading it in next year, for another Jazz!

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          26.03.2010 21:44
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          Brilliant little ride.

          I've been driving my 10 plate Honda Jazz 1.4EX for two weeks now and, overall, I'm massively impressed.

          I was looking for something similar in size to my previous car, a Vauxhall Astra - and although the Jazz is rather smaller on the outside, you'd never notice on the inside. I'm 6'2" and there's plenty of space for passengers behind me in the Jazz. The clever folding boot-parcel-shelf contraption is genius and really makes the most of the space - as do the "magic" folding seats.

          Performance is adequate, for the most part - in first and second it's very nippy, so great for getting out on to roundabouts, navigating congestion and so on, but the pull isn't so impressive in third and fourth. To be fair, as the car is new, I'm not revving particularly highly, which I've heard is where the best performance lies. Thankfully, in any case, once you get up to motorway speeds, performance is fine - there's a surprising amount of acceleration in 5th.

          I'll just add a couple of remarks on the features unique to the EX, which are generally under-reported in reviews.

          16" alloys - are fine, look nice.
          Leather steering wheel/gear knob - very impressed, the knob is entirely coated in leather, not just the gaiter as in most cars. The steering wheel looks really good clad in leather - and looks like it belongs in a much larger car.
          Climate control - does what it says on the tin, holds temperature well
          Cruise control - great, works easily - and the car puts in a decent amount of effort to get you back up to your chosen speed - makes driving extremely comfortable.
          Sunroof - AWESOME. It looks almost black from the outside, so not overly obvious, but on the inside, once the cover is retracted (it goes back electronically in 3 sections), the amount of light in the car is fantastic - it's almost like driving a convertible.

          Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this little car - I really hope it will serve me well for years to come.

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          24.03.2010 23:38

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          Very practical, quality, compact car

          Don't be fooled into thinking this is a car that only pensioners buy... the latest model has had some neat re-styling and it now looks much more like the everyman car that I think Honda would like it to be. We have the 1.4 EX, which comes with, among other things, tinted rear windows, panoramic sun roof, 16" alloys and automatic headlights & windscreen wipers. It is a good solid drive with repsonsive handling and decent acceleration. The interior is well layed out and looks and feels like quality - no cheap plastic here. Where the Jazz really scores is in the vast storage options availble in the back. Open the boot and, well there is your normal boot... but the back seats fold down completely flat (not at some odd 20 degree angle), creating a much more usable rear space. In addition, the rear seat also fold up the other way so you have other space options in the back... and finally there is no spare tyre with this model (you get a gas inflation cyclinder) so the space under the boot floor is also availble - just lift up the floor. Its brilliant interior design from Honda and puts other cars to shame. It is one of the key reasons we bought the car in the end. We have had the car nearly a year now - no mechanical problems and plenty of miles on the clock. Good stuff.

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          24.02.2010 13:39
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          great all round small car

          I decided on the Honda Jazz after my Vauxhall Vectra failed it's MOT. Thanks to the governments scrappage scheme it seemed like a good idea to upgrade to something more fuel efficient. I managed to get an upgraded ex display model for under £10,000 with some really smart extras like folding wing mirrors and Ipod connection. Overall this is the best car I have ever owned. It's not a particularly fast car but the road holding and handling is excellent. The interior feels quite large for such a small car and the boot is deceptively large. We managed to go on a camping trip and got everything in, including the kids. The interior is quite nice looking aswell. Everything is in easy reach and the car feels very comfortable. Unlike some other small and cheap cars it doesn't look or feel cheap. I get an average of about 50 miles per gallon which is 16 miles more than my vectra, saving me around £50 per month in fuel and the road tax is half what I was paying before. I would recommend this car to anyone with a small family. It was even voted best car by which magazine.

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          15.01.2010 10:16
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          An excellent car that won't let you down

          I have owned 4 Hondas prior to the Jazz and have to say, reliability has never been an issue, even well after the 100k mile marker. I have now owned the Jazz for 3 years and can't find fault.

          When I first saw this car my first impressions weren't great. Aesthetically, this car is not what I would call beautiful or elegant however, it will grow on you.

          When you first sit in the Jazz you will find the seats are both supportive and comfortable with a great driving position. It has the option to adjust both seat and steering wheel to help get that optimum driving position. The visibility is great and the large windows make parking easy.

          The stereo is a little fiddly and not the most user friendly system I've used but this is a very minor point. The interior plastics are solid and I have yet to experience any rattle from the car. The stereo can also be controlled from the steering wheel which is excellent. You will wonder how you ever managed without.

          Now onto the driving. The 1.4 produces more than enough power for a run around car and is great for town driving. I easily return 46mpg on average and 50mpg if on a long journey. The steering is firm and gives good feedback, although at high speeds the car does start to feel a little unsteady.

          And finally onto the internal space. This is probably the best feature of the car. It has been brilliantly designed by Honda to make the very most out of the space available. The back seats fold completely flat which has allowed me to fit surprisingly large amounts of luggage in the boot. I have even used it to transport mattresses, fridge freezers and dishwashers.

          In summary, I really can't find any major problems with this car. The only thing I would like the option of would be a slightly larger engine or even a diesel option for overtaking and for when the car is full.

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          28.09.2009 23:46
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          a great, robust, cost-effective city car.

          Are you sick of unreliable cars that let you down at the worst possible time of year? Why not try something different? Not that many people go for a Honda but why not? They are only recently becoming more popular as people realise how good they are. They are by far one of the most reliable makes of car on the road. The Japanese design is by far superior than any British or French car on the market. I recently switched from a Ford Ka to Honda Jazz after many car problems and much expense at the mechanics! After seeing past how the jazz looks (not as cool as perhaps a civic and often thought of as an older persons car) I went for it and bought a second hand silver 1.4 from a local dealer. I can honestly say it was the best big buy I have had in life. The handling and clutch control of a Honda jazz means it is a joy to drive. The mileage to the gallon is also excellent which makes this car a great cost-effective city car for any young professional or young family needing a quick but cheap-to-run car. The interior is decieving and the back seats and boot space have ample size. So if you've been thinking about a new car and this sounds like what you are after I can definately recommend it.

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            06.08.2009 23:46
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            Almost Perfect

            I love driving the Jazz, for me it feels so solid and sticks to the road like glue. Touch the accelerator and it may perhaps feel a bit heavy but it glides away effortlessly, rock solid on the road.

            The 1.4 1-DSI SE with CVT-7 is basically an automatic. There is the option with the click of the steering wheel "7 speed mode" button to drive in semi-automatic mode, no clutch but using the paddles to the side of the steering wheel to change up and down. Not being a boy/girl racer and probably too old to appreciate such toys, these seem totally pointless, partly because you cannot exceed given revs or stall the car without the gearbox automatically choosing a more appropriate gear anyway. In automatic mode it drives and selects the appropriate gear seamlessly in all conditions.

            There is very adequate acceleration, it's amazingly stable and provides a wonderfully comfortable smooth, quiet ride.

            The other star attraction of this car for me is the clever way the rear seats fold down giving a completely flat loading area. The pull of just a single lever at the top of the rear seats and they just fold away to provide a completely flat solid loading bay. None of the raising the seat base and lowering the back to provide an awkward half raised cushioned slope that passes for a loading bay on most cars, this arrangement on the Jazz is exceptionally clever. Alternatively just raising the seat bases and you can slide in an average size bicycle or tall, wide boxes. The rear sill is also low and level, very easy to load anything in the back.

            Rear seating space is very adequate, decent headroom and fair legroom provided the front seats are not pushed right back.

            Driving and front passenger seating positions are quite high and in the comfortable seats you really feel in command of this car with it's all round visibility. The bonnet is very short so takes some getting used to and the rear wheels are set far back, so recommend the rear sensors for parking to avoid knocks. The large wing mirrors have additional indicator lights. The headlights are pretty good so reasonable night driving visibility.

            The main dashboard is un-fussy, usual rev counter, speedometer and petrol gauge across three dials with the trip meter, mpg, outside temperature and current gear displayed within these gauges. Even in daylight they are exceptionally clear and bright, at night there is quite a feeling of being in command of an aircraft cockpit, very satisfying.

            The main console is dominated by the radio/CD controls, which personally I think are pretty ugly and unnecessary. The oversize rotary button for on/off and volume is surrounded by audio input selection, traffic news etc. The display though is clear so you know what you are listening to together with the current time; preselect station buttons are below, and then below again button/levers for tuning and station seek buttons. The CD slot is above the display. Sound quality is excellent. There are steering wheel controls for the radio/CD

            Below all this business are the heating controls and below again the circular current internal temperature display with button/levers either side to adjust fan and temperature.

            List prices are now from £10.4365 to 14,335 for the full range of Jazz. The road tax is £120 going down to £110 from April 2010. Petrol consumption with careful driving on decent roads without excessive hold-ups on a hot day with just the driver you can achieve 50 mpg which tallies with the advertised combined mpg cycle, but you'd be hard-pressed to achieve the stated 55mpg on the urban cycle, 45mpg around town is probably the average you can expect.

            Highly recommended car and with Honda reputation for build quality and reliability and reasonable servicing costs (esti £250 year) and low insurance costs you can't go far wrong.

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              31.07.2009 22:30
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              Great small car, easy to drive with the advantage of large inside space

              Now before I start, let me make one thing clear - I am not the sort of girl who watches Top Gear, reads Auto trader or understands what torque is, so this review is not going to be full of technical details about the car. This is going to be the sort of review that I would have liked to have read to help me choose my car, about what is actually like to drive and own a Honda Jazz.

              When I was looking for a new car, as well as all the usual priorities - reliability, cost efficiency etc etc I wanted a small car that was easy to drive and park but wanted a large boot to fit in easily my buggy plus shopping. Luckily, I have a husband who knows all about cars and he thought the Honda Jazz option would suit me best, and wouldn't you know it - he was right!

              The Jazz is something like a tardis - really does seem bigger on the inside. It has all the benefits of a nippy little car, really easy to park, but the inside space is great. The boot is HUGE - fits my mamas and papas pliko pramette (not the smallest buggy on the market) in really easily sideways - no need to jam in diagonally like you do in some boots - plus there is plenty of room for shopping. The back seats also have this neat function where they fold upwards completely, so there is complete floor to ceiling storage - I bought a standard bay tree the other weekend and it fitted in just perfectly.

              I am not the best driver in the world, but find the Jazz really easy to drive. The brakes are really responsive and the clutch is very forgiving - can pootle in 5th from 30 miles an hour with no probs. The car isn't the quickest off the lights, but once you are up to speed it holds it own quite nicely.

              There is great all around vision which together with the excellent steering lock makes it very easy to park.

              The Jazz is fairly cheap to run too - steady 50 miles per gallon on average, though admittedly the servicing cost if you take it to a Honda dealership adds up (no surprise there!). Plus car tax is around £125 a year so not the cheapest, but then it is not the smallest car on the market.

              The Jazz's seem to hold their price well on the second hand market, probably because they are such a versatile car. Plus with Honda reliability, pretty bullet proof too, so a winner all around. So, if you are after you very own tardis, the Jazz is the one for you.

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