The latest arrival in the Fleet News car park is certainly hard to miss. Finished in ‘attract’ yellow, our top spec EX Navi Jazz joins us for six months to see what’s new with the latest generation of the Japanese small car.
With a P11D value of £16,550, the only extra is the pearlescent paint, costing £500. No longer built in Britain, the car is only available with one engine – a 1.3-litre 105hp petrol, which can be paired with either a manual or CVT gearbox.
Ours is the manual, which claims 120g/km CO2, and fuel economy of 55.4mpg. The first 1,000 miles in the car have come pretty close to this. According to the trip computer, I’ve been achieving 48-51mpg.
It’s not one of the recent generation of turbocharged petrol engines – so there are times when it feels a little lacking in power when getting up to speed. But in the main it hasn’t performed badly so far.
It had no problem hauling five people on an hour-long journey, and they didn’t have many complaints after getting out – the seats are pretty comfortable and spacious.
The Jazz is well specified – it features a seven-inch touchscreen with Garmin navigation, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a really good rear-view camera, keyless start, and Honda’s clever folding magic seats, which we’ll investigate later on in its time with us.
The car doesn’t scrimp on safety, either – with automatic main beam assist, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning standard on our test car.
Even the basic S trim level includes city brake assist, and auto lights and wipers.
Honda says the car does well in the public sector, so we’ll be finding out more about what it is like to live with – and talking more about what appears to be a divisive paint job throughout its time with us.