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Honda Jazz Electric Cars

September 2007


Let’s hear it for the Jazz! A new of the Honda which put Japan on the map as a world leader in the art of building cars is set to hit the road – and we have it first and exclusively.

The newcomer, Fit in its homeland, has a lot to live up to. In only six its predecessor racked up two million in 115 countries. Not surprisingly, Honda has safe with the design of the

But it certainly looks sharper, and the family face that with the new Accord at the Frankfurt Show, as well as a sleeker

Under the skin, the five-seat is based on a development of the chassis underpins the current model, and it that car’s centrally fuel tank. This to free up interior space.

is new is the promise of an improved ride. of this is down to the fact the new Jazz is bigger than The wheelbase is 50mm longer, up to while the car gains 55mm in at 3,900mm.

By bringing the windscreen 120mm, stylists have not altered the Jazz’s profile, but a roomier cabin that is a for some family cars. clever triangular windows been sculpted into the doors, improving visibility – a point with many owners.

The fit and finish of the cabin has been too, with better plastics, more supportive and rake and reach-adjustable steering gives a better driving A new dashboard is easier on the eye, passengers in the back seats appreciate the increased length, gives 40mm more

However, in their quest for a interior and increased load Honda’s designers have to drop the spare tyre in of a repair kit. This up an extra 43 litres of boot up to 427 litres.

Under the bonnet, modifications are dramatic. While the current has 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol power, the will get a choice of a 1.3-litre generating 99bhp, or a 1.5-litre producing 118bhp.

Both feature Honda’s latest variable valve timing and manual or CVT auto gearboxes are with both. Honda that the 1.3-litre will 68mpg, while the 1.5 will 55mpg. The company refuses to whether an oil-burner is in the pipeline, but our insist one will be added to the

Performance from our test 1.5-litre powerplant was impressive, the Jazz from 0-60mph in under nine seconds. it hard, however, and the high-pitched above 5,000rpm becomes unpleasant, as the CVT gearbox fights to up with top-end revs.

On roads, the Honda feels sure-footed than before, and stable under heavy too. At cruising speeds, a chassis means refinement is That will please a lot of who think the current car is a little in this area. The only question mark we have the new Jazz is with the steering.

Honda has employed electric and revised the rack to reduce the of effort required when to manoeuvre in tight spaces. But we it too light and lacking feel, around town.

However, was really the only questionable of a superbly conceived supermini. this early drive, it that Honda has hit the right all over again.

Rival: Note

With its spacious and a supple chassis, the Note is a with our test team. competitively priced and a refined cruiser.

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