Based on little more than the impression created by the Honda Jazz’s solidity and the extra visibility allowed by its raised driving position, the cabin of our long-termer feels a safe place to be.
Testing by Euro NCAP has shown this appearance is far more than skin deep. It has awarded the range its maximum five-star rating. It has also named the Jazz as the safest supermini available in the UK.
Part of the reason behind this is the 71% it received in the safety-assist category, which covers driver-assist technologies such as lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
AEB is standard across the Jazz range, while an advanced driver assist (ADAS) system is fitted as standard on mid and upper grades, including our range-topping EX Navi car. It is an option on the base model. The ADAS package features five active safety aids: forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition system, intelligent speed limiter, lane departure warning and high beam support system.
Fortunately, during my time so far with the car I haven’t found out how effective the AEB system is, but the rest of the safety technology has proved useful and easy to use.
Forward collision warning uses a camera to detect the risk of collision with the vehicle in front, triggering a bright orange light in the instrument panel and sounding audible warnings that a crash is imminent.
I’ve found this to be too sensitive, sometimes going off when passing parked cars, but I would prefer it this way.
Of the other technologies, I’ve found high beam support to be the most useful. This automatically switches between main beam and dipped headlights dependent on traffic and the car’s surroundings. The speed it reacts is impressive, meaning the risk of dazzling other motorists is minimal.
Overall, the Jazz continues to impress, and it’s comforting to know the feeling of safety is backed up by fact.