All that Jazz

Honda Jazz S goes the full Monty for comfort.

Honda Jazz S goes the full Monty for comfort.

HONDA has some pleasant surprises for buyers of its refined, popular, highly regarded small car, the Jazz — starting with all models coming with satellite navigation and alloy wheels.

That extends to the base 1.3 litre model, the Honda Jazz S, which has benefited greatly from Honda’s legendary attention to detail and an inherent ability to get the most out of the interior space available.

Along with the sat nav and alloys, the S has a reversing camera, hill start assist and emergency stop signal in which the hazard lights automatically switch on when you really have to hit the anchors.

In fact the Honda cabin is a mini world of its own, making the driver and passengers comfortable with a packed menu on the seven-inch colour touchscreen that will allow you to connect to your multimedia menu, which includes handsfree Bluetooth, iPod and MP3 capability, phone and USB connection and steering wheel audio controls, in short the full Monty for comfort.

The brightly backlit information display has essential data such as instant fuel usage, range and average consumption.

Best of all the designers have managed to provide ample head and leg room for fully grown adults, almost by magic taking away the small car sensation.

Three-card trick

But the real three-card trick of the interior is the magic seats which provide an almost unbelievable 18 configurations as you shift the seats from a flat to an upright position with a final option of lifting them entirely to allow you to carry a tall load such as a pot plant.

The S model has a 1.3 litre, four-cylinder engine that can muster 73kW of power at 6000 rpm and 119 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm.

An increase in power and reduction in weight from the previous model means the Jazz S is no sluggard, being perfectly adapted for an urban surrounding or commute with its automatic transmission.

One of the big things about this little power plant is its extreme fuel economy, officially 5.1 litres/100 kms, but it would not take much to get that down possibly even under five.

Its road manners are impeccable, with McPherson suspension, stabiliser bars, electronic power steering and vehicle safety assist with traction control. Again it does not have a small car feel in any way.

It also has a five-star ANCAP safety rating thanks partly to six airbags including front and side, and full-length side curtain airbags.

Capping the package is a range of bright colours suited to this stylish vehicle, with choices like vivid sky pearl, Milano Red and Attract Yellow Pearl.

Easy to drive, easy on your wallet and stylish, the Jazz, to coin a cliche, hits all the right notes.

HONDA has some pleasant surprises for buyers of its refined, popular, highly regarded small car, the Jazz — starting with all models coming with satellite navigation and alloy wheels.

That extends to the base 1.3 litre model, the Honda Jazz S, which has benefited greatly from Honda’s legendary attention to detail and an inherent ability to get the most out of the interior space available.

Along with the sat nav and alloys, the S has a reversing camera, hill start assist and emergency stop signal in which the hazard lights automatically switch on when you really have to hit the anchors.

In fact the Honda cabin is a mini world of its own, making the driver and passengers comfortable with a packed menu on the seven-inch colour touchscreen that will allow you to connect to your multimedia menu, which includes handsfree Bluetooth, iPod and MP3 capability, phone and USB connection and steering wheel audio controls, in short the full Monty for comfort.

The brightly backlit information display has essential data such as instant fuel usage, range and average consumption.

Best of all the designers have managed to provide ample head and leg room for fully grown adults, almost by magic taking away the small car sensation.

Three-card trick

But the real three-card trick of the interior is the magic seats which provide an almost unbelievable 18 configurations as you shift the seats from a flat to an upright position with a final option of lifting them entirely to allow you to carry a tall load such as a pot plant.

The S model has a 1.3 litre, four-cylinder engine that can muster 73kW of power at 6000 rpm and 119 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm.

An increase in power and reduction in weight from the previous model means the Jazz S is no sluggard, being perfectly adapted for an urban surrounding or commute with its automatic transmission.

One of the big things about this little power plant is its extreme fuel economy, officially 5.1 litres/100 kms, but it would not take much to get that down possibly even under five.

Its road manners are impeccable, with McPherson suspension, stabiliser bars, electronic power steering and vehicle safety assist with traction control. Again it does not have a small car feel in any way.

It also has a five-star ANCAP safety rating thanks partly to six airbags including front and side, and full-length side curtain airbags.

Capping the package is a range of bright colours suited to this stylish vehicle, with choices like vivid sky pearl, Milano Red and Attract Yellow Pearl.

Easy to drive, easy on your wallet and stylish, the Jazz, to coin a cliche, hits all the right notes.

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