Honda Jazz Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2005 Honda Jazz VTI 1.5 litre petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Perfect!

Faults:

Car has been perfect except for the rear seatbelts, which the dealer changed because I have an extended warranty.

General Comments:

Reliable, zippy round town and fantastic fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2010

2003 Honda Jazz VTI CVI 1.5L

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46500 kilometres
Most recent distance47000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

Fanbloodytastic. Love at first drive

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Outside small like an ANT, but inside like a cavern.

Fuel economical, but has real zip.

After 20 years with a Ford Laser 1998 model, we have been looking for a reliable small car.

My wife has a sewing machine sales business, and needed to have reliability, economical fuel use, low insurance, automatic transmission, A/C and be also sporty enough for the good husband.

We found that value based a s/h Jazz 46000k 2003 model and serviced by the one dealer (where we bought the car) was what we were looking for.

Christmas Day 2009; we have just completed the yearly trek to our families in a neighbouring town and back with comfort, speed and low fuel use. What more can I say? Only worry is the future reliability, which is why we took out a 3 year extended manufacturer quality warrenty. Expensive, but carefully considered worthwhile.

We are hoping for a long and safe and low cost solution to car travel. For work and pleasure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2009

2009 Honda Jazz GLi 1.3 litre petrol

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance4970 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A roomy small car with economy and comfort in mind

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I love my Jazz. For a small car it is HUGE. The interior feels roomy and passengers always comment on how surprised they are about this.

The exterior also looks big, although it's easy to fit into any car parking space. The only issue there is that being a shorty, I have trouble washing and chamising the roof.

I'm the sort of person who is really into nifty interior features, so the fold up/ fold down rear seats were what originally sold me on this car. My kids laughed at the ten cup holders though, because they know I won't let them eat or drink in my prize possession, and really - how many cup holders do you need?

Unlike a review I read from the UK - the Australian Jazz has a full size spare wheel. I did have a bit of adjustment to begin with, getting use to the short bonnet after driving a Camry, but it didn't take me long to get used to it. I have taken the car on a couple of interstate stints and it handled well.

I work for an organisation where we use a pool of new cars, so I have the opportunity to try out most new small cars. The Jazz compares very favourably. I did my research and my choice came down to the Jazz or a Hyundai i30. I have also driven a Toyota Prius at work, and the Jazz has a very similar feeling from the drivers seat. The Prius is what I would probably have bought, but it was out of my price range. However now

I would definitely buy another Jazz.

I bought a manual so that I kept up my driving skills - you never know when you'll need to drive a manual in an emergency. It is on cheap on fuel. The five speed box changes smoothly. The only thing that annoys me is the beeping when I start the car before doing up my seat belt - I like to reverse out of my garage without the seat belt on. Maybe they should make it so that the beeper only comes on if you are moving forward without your belt on.

Overall - I love it, I love it, I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2009

2008 Honda Jazz GLi 1.3 petrol

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance1000 kilometres
Previous carToyota ECHO

Summary:

A bit slow but very practical and top quality

Faults:

Nothing, but the car has only done 1000km.

General Comments:

Bought this car, which will mainly be used by my wife, after test driving the Yaris, Swift, Mazda 2 and Colt. The others all had their good points and most were a bit quicker than the Jazz, but none could match it for all round practicality.

Certainly it's slow away from the lights - our old Echo felt marginally quicker - but if you use the gears and keep up the revs it can easily match traffic flow and has some very handy mid range performance - good for cruising and overtaking. It also handles really well, is comfortable and in fact, quite fun to drive.

Interior space is massive for the class and everything feels very good quality. I like the looks, especially the exterior. However I really didn't like the 'fake alloy' wheel trims that seem to be fitted to most base models these days, so I got genuine alloys thrown in as part of the deal, which also included mats, on-road costs and a 5 year warranty and roadside assistance. All for $18,750!

Judging by our previous experience with a CRV and comments by other Jazz owners it should be very reliable.

We're very happy with the Jazz as our 'second car' but for anyone using it as their only vehicle I'd recommend the 1.5 model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2009

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 15 reviews