How much do you know about Honda cars? If the answer is “not a lot”, let me tell you a bit about them. The brand itself is Japanese, and the manufacturer first started building cars back in 1963. They also make motorcycles and are the world’s largest builder of engines, believe it or not!
The Honda Jazz is one of their flagship models. Since the model’s inception back in 2001, it became an overnight success. It’s classed as a subcompact hatchback vehicle and is now in its third generation as of 2013.
Wherever you go in the world, you are bound to see at least one Honda Jazz on the road. But, why is this particular model so popular with motorists? And why are they flocking to buy the latest generation? It turns out there are many reasons for the model’s popularity:
The car is deceptively big
When you look at the Honda Jazz from the outside, it doesn’t seem to look much like a “big” car. It only gives you the impression that it’s a medium sized hatchback with five doors. Of course, appearances can often be deceiving, and that’s true with the Honda Jazz!
I know what I’m about to say is a somewhat bold statement, but I’m going to say it anyway. Entering the cabin of the Honda Jazz is like stepping foot into Doctor Who’s TARDIS!
My curiosity in the car was piqued when I came across someone that was transporting a large three-seater sofa in their Jazz. “How on Earth did they fit that sofa in such a small car,” I asked myself at the time.
Having spent some time at Harratts sitting inside of one and surveying the interior, I can see how. The car’s cabin is practical, as are the seating arrangements. Honda have done well to make such a versatile hatchback, and it’s plain to see what the model is such a hit with motorists everywhere!
A simple choice of engines and transmissions
There are a few powertrains to choose from with the latest generation Honda Jazz. First up, there is the 1.2 and 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol units. Diesel fans can also opt for the 1.3 and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engines.
What if you want to drive an eco-friendly car? Honda also offers a hybrid powertrain in the form of a 1.5-litre “Earth Dreams” petrol power plant and an electric motor. The engines are mated to six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions. If you opt for the hybrid, your car will have a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
It’s comfortable on the road
The latest generation Honda Jazz features a revised suspension setup. You might think that a car that has a soft suspension setup handles like a barge on water. Except that’s not the case with this model!
It also helps that the current generation model is slightly longer and wider and has a lower centre of gravity. If you haven’t already, I recommend taking a Honda Jazz out for a test drive and you’ll see why people fall in love with this car!