2005 Honda Jazz SE CVT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Well designed well made
No faults no reliability issues.
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
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.
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.