Model: Honda Jazz 2010, 1.5 V (with sports body kit)
Price: 660,000 Baht
Engine Size: 1.5 liter
0-100 kph: 10.5 secs
Fuel Economy: 6.6l per 100km
Competitors: Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta
Is it possible to have a small city car that is not only affordable but has plenty of space? Space, what? How can a small car have lots of space? I thought they were using some kind of Magic room technology out of Harry Potter or perhaps some future space technology from Star Trek. But no, its just clever design.
How do you make a box look sexy? And how do you make it comfortable, fun to drive and ride better than a small car should? I dont know but lthe Honda engineers seem to have worked it out.
In fact this car has more space than any other car in it’s class. That alone would be enough for many car buyers. But that was not enough for Honda. They wanted it to look good. Drive like a Honda, Slide through corners like a Honda and Ride like a bigger car. And thats exactly what they did.
The previous Jazz was already very popular. I had thoughts of buying the previous model for my Grandma due to its tall design and easy access. I’d never thought about buying it for myself until now.
The new design finally caught my attention and made me take a closer look. I was plesently surprized the find the interior nice and roomy with a modern and funky design. Not plush but not cheap either. But surely it couldnt have enough space inside? When I got into the car I found all kinds of storage spaces for odd and ends, cup holders which are often missing in small cars.
Everywhere I looked in the back there is storage space for anything. The back seat folds away as well as folds forward to create a large flat carry space accessed from the hatch back door. You’ve heard the saying it can carry everything including the kitchen sink? Well thats exactly what we tested. We were in the process of building a house and went to the local homepro to buy a whole load of finishing items including: All light fittings for the house, kitchen cabnet doors, a bunch of other large odds and ends and… yes, a kitchen sink. The hatch back door allows you to load high and wide boxes that a sedan would be unable to accomodate. And we still had room to spare.
The other pleasant surprise was while driving over train tracks and other rough road works. I was prepared for the usual rough small car ride and bumps. Well the Honda Jazz ate them up with minimal fuss, a lot easier than you would expect from a small car in this class.
Its hard to find any fualt with this car. Its not perfect but close enough to it to make it a serious contender in the small car market.
Since this is a car review I am going to nitpick a few things:
>> Would be nice to have a plush leather option.
>> Would also be nice to have a bigger engine option above 1.5. If this car could do 0-100 kph in around 8 seconds it would be one of the best hot hatches ever made.
>> The car doesnt fly or have an electric engine option yet.
SCORE: 9 / 10
Also see: Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris