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Honda's Jazz, the king of space efficiency, goes back to the drawing board

30 Jan 2009

HONDA is the economy car expert par excellence, as the original Civic demonstrated to devastating effect back in the mid 1970s. Similarly, the 2002 Jazz showed the others how to build and present a light car, without making the owner feel as if they have skimped on quality. Now there is a new-generation version, with more power, safety, space, refinement, and strength, bundled up in an attractive and extremely easy-to-live-with package. We spend a long time in the cheapest version – the manual GLi – to see if Honda is still at the top of its game.
Model release date: 1 August 2008 to 1 June 2014

Previous model

Honda GD Jazz GLi

Released: October 2002
Ended: August 2008
Family Tree: Jazz

NOTHING short of a revolution, the original Jazz was a breath of fresh air with its incredibly spacious and stylish interior, crisp styling, and excellent fuel economy – particularly in base GLi guise. A 61kW/119Nm 1.3-litre SOHC 16V four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to either a nifty little five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT Continuously Variable Transmission. Unfortunately, for keen drivers, there was little appeal in the vague steering and busy ride. However, equipment levels were generous for an entry-level model, and included ABS anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, power windows, air-conditioning and central locking. A facelift was introduced in late 2004, while production switched from Japan to Thailand for all Jazzes from early 2006.

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