Honda Jazz Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 3 of 4

2006 Honda Jazz Sport 1.5 petrol

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance170 kilometres
Previous carHonda Jazz

Faults:

NOthing.

General Comments:

Have just replaced a 2003 1.3 manual with a new Jazz Sport 1.5 VTEC with CVT and 7 speed manual option.

Already much livelier than the old model. The new instruments are great (I like the way they light up when you open the doors), and the steering wheel stereo controls and gear option change are great and easy to use.

The car came with nasty 9 spoke 15" mag wheels, which have been changed for 17" wheels (8 thin spokes) with tyres up to 205 from 185. The car isn't run in enough to try out the handling yet, but the ride and steering are better than the old model.

Only thing I missed at first was a foot rest, but I don't notice it after owning the car for 7 days.

It's bright metallic gold and has had charcoal metallic stripes added. Will have the windows tinted and the headlights covered in gold contravision just to complete the effect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2006

2003 Honda Jazz 1.3

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance34000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Atoz

Summary:

One of the best I have owned

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I ordered this car with factory fitted spoilers, mag wheels and side skirts. I have had the windows tinted. Of all the cars I have owned (around 30) I have had more comments on the Jazz than any other.

It is ultra reliable and economical - on a 498km run it used 30 litres.

It is comfortable on the open road and has an excellent third gear for overtaking 80-130km is quite quick.

Ride is a bit choppy and the electric power steering took a bit of getting used to as it felt heavy in the straight ahead position. I have driven the upgraded model (released here in NZ last year) and both ride and steering were improved.

Love it! Trouble is the new model isn't available until early 2007 and my lease expires in July 2006.

Considered an elderly person's car, but I can get around corner with all 4 tyres squealing!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

2005 Honda Jazz Gli CVT 1.3

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 kilometres
Most recent distance12200 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Efficient and reliable, but not exciting at all

Faults:

Front tyres are wearing badly.

Both front window washer jets have failed.

Rear window washer jet broken off.

Rear door lock does not unlock intermittently.

General Comments:

Very economical, can do up to 5.3 L/100 km on regular unleaded.

Performance is adequate from the 1.3, and the CVT is quite responsive to driver input, although overtaking on hills under load needs some forward planning. I think the added power of the 1.5 would be unnecessary most of the time, especially considering the extra fuel that it uses.

I find the seats uncomfortable and unsupportive, and find my back hurts after medium to long journeys. No driver's foot rest is annoying.

Stereo is excellent for the money and equipment levels are also very generous. Cruise control is the only thing I would have liked!

Overall has been a satisfying and reliable car, but far from involving or exciting!

Cabin versatility is excellent and I have been surprised how often I have used the 'Magic Seats'! The car feels like a Tardis! It's amazing how much junk you can fit inside!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

2005 Honda Jazz VTi 1.5 VTEC

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance5000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Half car, half Tardis.

Faults:

Plastic cladding in driver's foot well came loose at 2,000km, however I'm not sure if this may have been because it was kicked accidentally a few times. Popped it back in place, no problems since.

General Comments:

After test driving both the 1.3 i-DSI (sold as the 1.4 i-DSI in Europe) and 1.5 VTEC, I decided that the extra money spent on the 1.5, with the extra 18kW or so that goes along with it, was worth the money. I was right.

Not only is the 1.5 able to give the little Jazz a pretty decent shove, it's also surprisingly frugal. I usually see around 7.5l/100km when driving around the city, and have seen consumption of under 6l/100km on the open road. Not too shabby for a small automatic.

The CVT automatic does take a little getting used to. When used in full automatic mode, it appears to take its time figuring out that the driver would like to move forwards. It's only a split second, but it does take some getting used to.

When using the 7-speed flappy paddle option, this delay of the CVT getting itself ready to move off appears to be eliminated. The 7-speed option is very handy for situations where you need to get out of the way in a hurry, or if you're overtaking on a country road, as it makes the best use of the Jazz's power.

That said, the full automatic mode makes the best of the Jazz's remarkable fuel economy. Let's face it, people buy the Jazz because they want good fuel economy.

The interior is a work of art. Overall, it is very well finished. Apart from an issue with a bit of plastic coming loose, as well as the top of the dashboard looking a little flimsy (the bit where the passenger airbag is has a tendency to wobble slightly at high speeds on bad roads), it's very well finished. For what it's worth, pretty much every other modern small car has loads of flimsy, poorly finished plastic. Honda plastic is just slightly less flimsy and cheap looking than most.

The CD player sounds good and the controls are big and easy to use. The integration into the dash gives the Jazz a very classy ambiance, however it could prove troublesome for an aftermarket car stereo/ICE installation.

The phrase 'magic seat' is something that is a lot more than some phrase that some drug-addled intern in a marketing department somewhere came up with. The flexible configuration and the low floor make the Jazz more flexible than a Chinese gymnast. You could easily fit a whole family in here - with all the luggage you'd need - without any dramas at all.

The outside of the car is tiny, and is so easy to park, even a visually impaired 3 year old could parallel park without external assistance.

The dealer service is very good. I can't put my finger on it, but Honda dealerships tend to be a more pleasant place to visit than most other car dealerships. This is coming from someone that visited a number of different dealers whilst looking for a new car.

The only drawbacks of the car that I can find so far are the steering (slightly lumpy at very low speed, vague at high speed) and the handling (competent, but not awe inspiring).

The CVT automatic gearbox, whilst a technical masterpiece, may also prove a little more troublesome than a conventional automatic gearbox long-term. I'm planning on hanging onto this car for at least 10 years, and I hope that the CVT - being relatively new technology - is able to hold together for a long time without requiring major surgery. Only time will tell, however I do take comfort in the fact that - generally speaking - Honda produce some of the most reliable cars on the road today.

If Honda could get the steering and the handling right, the Jazz would probably one of the all time greatest cars ever produced by a Japanese manufacturer. As it stands, the Jazz is very good... but falls short of true greatness by the narrowest of margins.

I should note that I am incredibly picky when it comes to cars, especially brand new ones. So, when it comes to complaints about plastic and handling, it should be said that 99% of the general population would struggle to come up with similar criticisms.

I'll report back in 12 months time and let you know if anything has died/fallen off. Not likely, but you never know.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

31st Dec 2005, 02:43

Have just tested a Jazz (in Melbourne) and became worried about its reactions to road humps. As I don't like asking dealers for a long enough test drive to encounter the humps and bumps one encounters on back roads in the hills, I try to see how a car will react to some mild road humps. The ones I use are close to home, and used to be marked '40km/h' recently they seem to have got a new '20km/h marking' (obviously due to the noise levels, the design remains the same and nothing has been done to the humps apart from steady flattening from their original 40 km/h design profiles over time).

The Jazz didn't like it at 20km/k, didn't like it at all at 40km/k and a little higher (but still lower than the prior tests that day with a Renault Clio, that performed faultlessly at all speeds) the Jazz was vague in its steering and felt unstable... the characteristics were those of incipient bump oversteer.. and as this was a typical event that one encounters in poor condition-outer suburban and country roads, on which my leaner/p plate daughter would go in it, I became instantly alarmed... especially as the competitor vehicle (s) had showed absolutely NO loss of stability at all with the dealer reps in the rear! As I had been about to return to the dealership and start the final sale negotiation (with expectation of completing it there and then), this was quite an issue for me..

Please, from your excellent review, perhaps you (or others?) could advise me if the Jazz is indeed marginal in its bump stability? substantial confidence in Hondas design implementation from this experience... and am actively seeking advice from actual owners. The dealer rep. on board was not only no help, but the exact reverse- which converted my brief passing concern into a serious alarm. I'd really appreciate some feedback in this area, as this instantly lost the Melbourne dealer concerned a near certain cash sale today... (he had no idea of this at all) not so much from the vagueness we felt- but in his alarm and responses to even CHECKING these key important factors!

As a long term Honda owner (40 years now, cars and motorcycles) this is a first ever in terms of such a clear dealer lack of confidence... and I want to find out if it was properly founded... if I don't its Mazda or Renault for me in future!

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