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Honda Jazz hatchback - Interior & comfort

The Honda Jazz is well-built and boasts a new infotainment system

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior quality is on a par with typical Honda standards, the Jazz is exceptionally roomy for a supermini, and Honda has at last improved its infotainment system. It's now faster and has all the smartphone connectivity most customers could want.

Honda Jazz dashboard

Honda interiors have tended to be functional, if a little uninspiring, but there's quite a bit to like here. The Jazz gets a quirky two-spoke steering wheel, like the electric Honda e’s, and most of the surfaces you'll touch are soft and padded. There are some hard finishes, particularly around the doors, but this isn’t a luxury car after all.

It also has a greatly improved infotainment system - a real Honda sticking point in recent years. The nine-inch screen no longer has an aftermarket look, being neatly designed to 'float' just in front of the fascia, and the software is more responsive with attractive graphics. It also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with an Internet hotspot, Honda Personal Assistant and a smartphone app that customers can use to keep connected with their car.

Equipment

During 2021 the Jazz was available in the trim levels SE, SR, EX and Crosstar EX. The range was slimmed down in early 2022, with only EX and a new EX Style trim offered. Standard kit for SE included 15-inch steel wheels, climate control, automatic wipers, heated door mirrors, Bluetooth and LED headlights. A five-inch screen was fitted with an AM/FM/DAB tuner. SR brought the nine-inch infotainment system, which is a big upgrade for the interior, along with 15-inch alloy wheels, soft-touch interior trim, an alarm and all-round parking sensors, and would be our pick for most buyers.

Step up to the range-topping EX grade and there are 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, part-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather and heated steering wheel, chrome door mirror caps, a rear-view camera and tinted windows. Convenience is also boosted by two USB points for rear passengers and windows you can open and close from the key fob.

EX Style adds black side mouldings, mirror caps, rear spoiler and a painted two-tone roof. There's also a unique set of 16-inch alloy wheels in black with a machined finish.

Pick the Crosstar EX and the interior gains water repellent upholstery and a premium audio system, but it's the outside that's most transformed. A contrasting roof colour, raised ground clearance, black plastic wheel arches and sills, unique bumpers and a set of roof rails transform the Jazz into a quasi-crossover to rival the Ford Fiesta Active, Citroen C3 Aircross and Audi A1 Citycarver. It's a look which should broaden the Jazz's appeal to a wider audience.

Options

Honda doesn't tend to offer a long list of options in the same vein as manufacturers such as Audi, but there are several ways to personalise the latest Jazz. Functional Finesse, Functional Fun and Robust packs add a styling makeover to the exterior, with splashes of colour and different grille, bumper and door mirror finishes. It's also possible to add interior ambient lighting and official accessories like boot sill protectors, floor mats and roof racks.

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Which Is Best?

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