Honda Jazz 2008 to 2015, (2nd Gen)
Compact Space Wonder
The second edition of the Honda Jazz (2008 to 2015) scores points with incredible space, a variable interior and an environmentally friendly hybrid variant. Additionally, the mix of van and small car obtains the class victory among the small cars in the DEKRA Used Car Report 2017.
The baby of the Honda model range stands out as a model of space efficiency. It contents itself with an exterior length of 3.90 meters, which allows it to accommodate its passengers comfortably with a lot of headroom, including comfortable entry. Moreover, the back seats can be folded separately and folded up like cinema chairs.
This gives rise to a large, versatile trunk, whose already stately standard format can grow from 428 liters to up to 1,384 liters. This variability is not lost even in the hybrid, as the 42-liter tank finds its place under the front seats. Otherwise, the ambiance testifies to functionality, solidity and good workmanship.
The Jazz displays further improvements from its predecessor when it comes to driving comfort and suspension. The handling is safe and the steering is light. However, overseeability towards the back is not ideal, for which reason a model with parking sensors is recommended.
The range of engines hardly presents any riddles. Two four-cylinder petrol engines are available: a 1.2-liter with 90 hp/66 kW and a 1.4-liter with 100 hp/73 kW, which develops a tick more in terms of driving dynamics. As an alternative, Honda offers a petrol electric hybrid, which performs 98 hp/72 kW and manages with 4.5 liters according to norms. It is combined with a continuously variable automatic transmission, which is also available for the 1.4 liter.
As standard, the comprehensive safety package of the small Japanese car includes six airbags and ESP. The brakes work effectively but should be checked in the case of a used car purchase. The Jazz obtained the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. When it comes to comfort, a lot depends on the equipment level. In Trend or higher, air-conditioning is included, while in Elegance or higher there are also light-alloy wheels, a light and rain sensor, a panoramic roof and cruise control.
However, there is increased wear to the brake system. The reasons for this are frequently worn brake discs or discs that are prone to corrosion as well as stiff brake callipers.