2005 Honda Jazz SE CVT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Well designed well made


No faults no reliability issues.

General Comments:

I've owned about five cars and this is best, we bought it to replace a 2001 VW Polo that suffered three electrical faults. We spent a weekend looking for replacements, saw the Jazz first, and then after about ten other manufacturer's dealers went back and bought the Jazz!

Very impressed with the build quality internal and external. Anyone we give a lift to finds the rear legroom very generous. The "magic" rear seats are fantastic for large loads or carrying bicycles with the front wheel off. Boot size is also very good for a small car. Audio system is good and the instruments are fine. My wife is quite short (5'0") and the driver's seat can be adjusted to suit her well which some small cars don't. She also finds the car easy to drive as it is only about 6" (15cms) longer than the Polo. Visibility is also good out of the rear and front windows.

Drive is very good, suspension is firm, CVT is very responsive (much better than a traditional torque auto box) - I only tend to use the manual override paddles on country roads, overtaking or steep hills where the manual override gives a bit more performance. I have got 58.5 miles per gallon on long motorway journeys by being frugal on the accelerator (60-65mph) but round town can easily get 40-45 mpg. I do use 98octane fuel though. Steering lock is also very good for a FW drive car.

Only slight niggle is there is no intermittent rear wipe on the SE model, either on / off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2006

12th Dec 2007, 20:50

I had to laugh when I read this comment, as it applies totally to my situation. I have a 2002 VW Polo bought new and in the last 5 years have had the alternator collapse on me as well as having, on three occasions every 18 months, a faulty brake light switch. I have taken the car to the VW workshop on two occasions and then to my trusted mechanic on the last occasion, as he now has computer facilities. No wonder the VW is having problems, as it was assembled in South Africa. From 1978 until 1992 I had a VW Golf and had absolutely no problems with it, apart from its age towards the end. That is why I sold it then and bought a Japanese car. I am also looking out to buy a Honda Jazz, mechanic's recommendation.

16th Sep 2008, 16:05

I had a Jazz 1.4 CVT-7 SE for two years (a lease car) and it was 100% reliable, the auto box was intuitive and smooth, returning 40 mpg or thereabouts. Undoubtedly the best car I've owned. I hope to buy one again in due course.

2005 Honda Jazz Dsi 1.4 petrol from South Africa


Smooth and refined and fun to drive


No faults yet.

General Comments:

So-called 1.4 engine is really 1339 cc so why does Honda exaggerate?

I drive it at 1 mile altitude and it lacks torque uphill, the engine should be bigger for altitude.

Plastic dashboard is lightweight, could be more solid.

Economy is no better than other 1.3 competitors so engine is overrated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th January, 2006

2005 Honda Jazz Gli CVT 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Efficient and reliable, but not exciting at all


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