2015 Honda Jazz VTi review
Robert Pepper’s 2015 Honda Jazz VTi review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating.
On the outside
Room & Practicality
The front row is quite spacious for this class of car, and the front seat has great height adjustment. Combined that with a steering wheel that is reach and tilt adjustable and you have quite a comfortable front row. The second is row is comfortably roomy. The second row seats are excellent too, although middle seat is not for the narrow of buttocks even though there is plenty of headroom and footroom.
And now for the Jazz’s party trick. Honda have, almost uniquely, decided to make a car that’s actually practical for carrying things. Have a look at this:
There we have a 60/40 rear split, which folds down nearly flat (Honda claim it’s flat, but I think that’s marketing speaking there). Close, anyway. There’s 1500mm of space there, which is the same length as the average dualcab ute tray. Honda call this Utility Mode. The cargo bay also has some tie-down points and a reasonably effective light.
And look on the right…you can take the front row headrests off, tip the front seats right back and you then have what’s called Refresh mode. Or, sleep mode. As someone who has spent the night in plenty of cars I think this is just brilliant, and the Jazz should sell to lots of youngsters who don’t know where they’ll be spending the night. You can also sit in the rear seats and just use the fronts as a comfy footstool. This would be a great mode for drive-in movies if you could get to the audio and other controls.
And there’s more. Check this out Tall Mode:
The second row seatbases flip up and out of the way, allowing you lots of very useful loadspace. The 40/60 split comes into its own here.
Refresh mode and Utility Mode can be combined to make Long Mode for, well, long stuff.
On the inside
There is voice control, but is unusually hopeless for a 2015 model. Up front you have one 12v, two USB sockets and an HDMI input. If anyone reguarly uses HDMI in a car please comment below, otherwise I’m placing that feature in the pointless basket.
Performance, ride and handling
Pricing & Equipment
2015 Honda Jazz VTi
PRICE : $16,990 (+on road costs) WARRANTY : 3 years / 100,000 km SAFETY : 5 star (36.58 / 37, tested in 2014) ENGINE : 1.5L petrol POWER : 88kW at 6000 rpm TORQUE : 145 Nm at 4600 rpm TRANSMISSION : CVT BODY : 3996 mm (L); 1694 mm (W), 1524 mm (H) TURNING CIRCLE : 10.4 m WEIGHT : 1095 kg SEATS: 5 TOWING : 450 kg unbraked, 800g braked, max TBM 45 kg FUEL TANK : 40 litres SPARE : SPACE-SAVERTHIRST : 5.8 L/100km ADR81/02 combined cycle FUEL : 91 RON petrol
The Other View: Mrs P has her say
This car is very easy and light to drive because the steering is very light. The small wheels make for a tight turning circle and easy parking. Visibility is excellent and even though this is a small car, you do not really feel intimidated by bigger vehicles on the highway. It is very quiet, has comfortable seats and good suspension. I was pleasantly surprised by the power and acceleration behind the 1500 engine we had on test.
On the inside the car is very versatile: there is enough room for 4 people and shopping, you can put the seats down, we even managed to fit two chairs standing up and there is room under the backseats for slim storage. I was a bit thrown by the reversing camera, as in reality the objects seem closer than what they appear on camera, leading me to nearly reverse into the car behind. The dashboard is simple and easy to make out without too many buttons to cause distractions as with other Asian built cars.
I did miss a GPS system but perhaps this is an option. It struck me how easy it is to get in and out of this car, compared to the Ranger which is so high and the 86 which is so low. The simplicity of the dashboard and the easy ingress/egress make me think this would be a good car for an older person such as my mum. If I had a choice in the small car range, I would go for the Fiat 500 because it is funkier, but then that’s just me.
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