2009 Honda Jazz GLi 1.3 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A roomy small car with economy and comfort in mind



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

2009 Honda Jazz 1.3 S 1.3 Gas from Philippines


This is a classic in the making


None and I don't think we are going to see any in the near future.

General Comments:

We recently purchased a Rally Red 2009 2nd generation Honda Jazz and so far we are really satisfied with it's performance in terms of road handling and maneuverability. I have noticed that it is very easy to negotiate a turn using the electric power steering. I have made several U-Turns on out tight Manila roads and all of them with a smile on my face. The car is very agile so much like a mini cooper zipping through Manila traffic. The car ride is a bit hard compared to the other cars in it's class like the Yaris. But come to think of it what sporty car rides softly anyways.

The visibility is superb in this car. All driver view angles are clear. The A-pillars are very well designed. You can actually see the corner as you negotiate it which I have never experienced from any other car in the past. There is a slight hint of body roll but you can use it to your advantage once you get used to the car. The car is very rigid and you can feel that as you drive it along the bends.

The design is very original and iconic. The original and the 2nd gen will surely be classics. The engine is superb but does not deliver the 19kms per liter mileage that they advertised even how hard I tried. Perhaps if I use E10 with 95 octane rating this car will perform better in that area. The best that I was able to do so far was 15.11 thanks to the real time fuel mileage meter on the dash. The short throw transmission definitely is another commendable thing with this car. I recalled during my boy racer days that we buy attachments to get a gear shift feel like this but now it came stock on the Jazz. The 1.3 feels more powerful than the 1.5 automatic since I have driven both.

The interior is way above it's class. Space age materials were used and it reminds me of the 1999 e46 BMW build quality. Honda is really competing with the Germans now. The cabin room is bigger than my old Lancer and can hold more cargo too. The interior is very versatile.

So far I only have raves about this car not because it is new but because I could tell that there is so much thought and brain power that led to it's design. This car is a must buy for car enthusiasts like me.

I give it a 9 rating because it is very practical, reliable and fun to drive for a small car.

The only complain that I have is the pricing. It is priced at 714,000 pesos and I can remember that the Civic when it first came was priced at 777,000 and the 1st gen Jazz was 680,000. It is very expensive compared to the Yaris but who cares. With all the gadgetry and character, you are getting more for what you paid for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2009

17th Sep 2009, 23:04

I think all Honda Jazz have problems with the handbrake.

1st Feb 2011, 02:39

I bought a Honda Jazz 1.5 automatic last month.

I thought smaller car like the Jazz can run 15kms per liter of gas. That's not true, my Jazz can only run 8-9 kms per liter in city driving.

I'm very depressed and angry about my decision to buy a Honda Jazz 1.5 automatic.