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Reader test: Honda Jazz

2009-11-23 08:40

Andy Chan, Pretoria

Every time I drive my car, there is always at least one out of five drivers who will give me a jealous look.

Could it be the colour of my car, or is it the fact that this car was rated one of the best car in the country for the past four years. In the end I can’t help those persons for being jealous, for I do drive a car that make a statement.

And for those who had not seen one of these passing on the open road, I have a Honda Jazz LX (the entry model).

First Impression

The car itself has just pretty much everything a family car should have. 15-inch alloy wheels, safety features such as front and side airbags, and braking distributions and brake assist systems are standard with the car.

Massive leg space for the rear passenger along with an inclined seat really makes the rear seat occupant sleep easy on the long road trip. Also note that the boot space has been proven to fit more than a load or two without the rear seat being folded down!

On the cabin side, besides the standard CD player radio, telescopic steering wheel and air-con system, the dashboard really has a futuristic feel and the front display is simple, yet very user friendly. But what really impresses me is the fact that the front top glove-box can be used as a “mini cooler box” by simply turning a valve on the inside!  Perfect for hiding beers from the “unexpected” guest.


On the driving performance side, the car is very nimble on the open road. The vehicle’s steering is very responsive, yet “light” at the same time. The 74 kW, 1.4 liter i-Vtec engine itself is a character on its own.

In heavy traffic (such as the N1's stop-an-go traffic), when the car is on standby, the engine will automatically turn down itself to 500r/min for better fuel efficiency, and with torque of 128 Nm at 4 800r/min, a light touch on the throttle will give you the acceleration you’ll need to overtake cars on the highway.

On the point of fuel consumption, I manage around 6.5l/100 km under urban driving conditions, and 5.7l/100k for long distances trip. (There are only a few petrol cars on the road can challenge this score)


At a price tag of at least R160K, I could have gotten myself a locally make car, where build quality and reliability problems (for a NEW car!) had made a lot of disgruntled drivers.

I could have got a car that really can make you depressed by simply just staring at the front panel and dashboard.

I picked the Jazz, not just because of the fact that the car is safe, reliable, easy to drive, light on your pocket and at the same time, makes you looks good and keeps you cheerful by just “driving” it.

It’s everything above and a whole lot more, and Honda has once again set the benchmark on the hatchback car with the Jazz. The only down side of this car is the four-year service plan where one would expect a year or an extra 30 000 km on the clock to come with the standard package.

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