The Honda Jazz has always been a popular choice amongst those looking to lease a car from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts with 26 different options available with some great deals.
And those options are about to be extended with the imminent arrival of the new Honda Jazz at the start of the new registration plate month of September.
Building on the strong reputation of its highly successful predecessors, the new version has kept hold of what has become a classic Jazz silhouette (with a longer body length) but added in some distinctive contemporary styling, including a powerful new face and strong character lines.
With greater length comes greater interior space, and this itself is increased by the use of some innovative and highly efficient packaging, with greater boot space (354 litres with the rear seats up and 897 litres with the rear seats down) and greater passenger space. Interior versatility is the name of the game with the all-new Honda Jazz retaining Honda’s highly practical Magic Seat system which allows for numerous cargo configurations and a maximum interior loading length of an impressive 2,480 mm.
There is also a wide tailgate and a low load height, so access to the boot is easy, while four tie-downs in the boot enable objects to be securely transported.
The Jazz Grades
Right across the new Jazz range, the specifications are generous, with the base-grade S models fitted as standard with convenience features such as air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter and dusk sensing auto lights as well as Honda’s City-Brake Active to help avoid low-speed accidents.
The mid-grade SE model adds in front and rear parking camera sensors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and 15” alloy wheels, along with Honda’s Driver Assistance Safety Pack that includes advanced active safety aids such as includes Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and High-beam Support System..
And then right at the top we find the EX model which features smart entry and start, automatic climate control, six-speaker audio upgrade, 16" alloy wheels and front fog lamps.
Honda Connect infotainment
By opting for the SE or EX models, customers will benefit from the Honda Connect in-car infotainment system installed as standard. The system is based on the Android platform and features an app-based ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ interface (accessed on a 7" touchscreen in the centre of the dash) pre-installed with apps - with others available for download from the Honda App centre to give rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations.
As an option on both SE and EX models, Integrated Garmin navigation is also available.
The new Jazz engine and transmissions
A new, highly efficient, highly responsive 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series is what you will find underneath the bonnet of the new Honda Jazz, ready to deliver 102 PS at 6,000 rpm. Although slightly smaller, this new unit is capable of delivering the power and performance of the previous Jazz’s 1.4 litre engine, while at the same time achieving the fuel economy equivalent to its 1.2 litre.
Emissions are also kept low whether driven with a six-speed manual gearbox or a newly developed CVT - as low as 106 g/km of CO2 - and the new control software that is exclusive to Europe which simulates seven speeds and provides optimised gear change mapping gives the whole car a multi-gear feel.
Leon Brannan, Head of Cars at Honda UK, commented: “Now in its third generation, Jazz continues to evolve its unique blend of quality, compact exterior dimensions and class-leading interior space. We are expecting strong demand for the all-new Jazz with the all-new Jazz signalling the fourth of five new and refreshed models for Honda in Europe in 2015, an exciting year in which we’re boldly re-energising the brand. The Jazz is a world car that has now sold over 5 million units since it was introduced in 2001. The greatest strength of Jazz is its broad appeal to different customer segments, and we’re confident this latest generation will only broaden that appeal.”