The highly successful Honda Jazz series welcomes a new recruit: the 2015 Jazz. Built on the strong reputation of its antecedents, the all-new Jazz presents itself as the city slicker’s companion, boasting larger dimensions, advanced safety and infotainment technologies, and a powerful and efficient 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from the brand’s Earth Dreams Technology series.
With a wheelbase extended by 30mm and the body lengthened by 95mm, the new Jazz is proportionally larger than the previous generation model; however, the car abides by Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ design concept, which aims to maximise the space for the driver and passengers, whilst minimising the space utilised by the car.
When it comes to going on holiday with fully-packed suitcases, transporting a piece of furniture from store to home or even doing your weekly shop, the new Jazz has reasonable space for any day-to-day activity. The boot space has been increased by 17 litres to 354 litres with the rear seats in use, and a massive 897 litres with the seats folded. Front seat occupants can enjoy an extra 30mm of shoulder room, while rear passengers are treated to 115mm more
A seven-inch touchscreen is situated in the centre of the dashboard, presenting the new in-car infotainment system, Honda Connect, for a truly hands-on experience. The Android-based platform offers car-specific apps, including Bluetooth, FM radio, Mirrorlink and optional Garmin-powered GPS. Akin to the interface of a modern smartphone, Honda Connect can be used to surf music, news, podcasts and audio books through the ‘Aha’ app, display vehicle information such as fuel economy and journey time, and even connect users to social media feeds and location-based services – ideal for times when you’re driving around to find a place to eat!
Navigating those tight city-street parking spaces is made easier with a rear-view safety camera that projects ‘dynamic guidelines’ onto the touchscreen to indicate the path that the car will take when reversing. In addition, every Jazz sold in Europe will be equipped with Honda’s City-Brake Active system; specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system will scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. Other safety features include an Intelligent Speed Limiter that gently slows the car to the speed limit detected by the Traffic Sign Recognition System, and a Lane Departure Warning to alert the driver when the car deviates from its lane without indicating.
The new Honda Jazz will be available from £13,495 and will arrive in showrooms in early September 2015. To visit your nearest showroom, head to John Banks Honda, Honda House, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP10 0DE.