Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jazz Has Extra Oomph

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jazz Has Extra Oomph

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Byline: LEE GIBSON

FOR centuries the enigmatic Dr Who has had the market cornered for maximising space in a small vehicle. A quick peek inside the Tardis is all the proof needed that the much-travelled interstellar troubleshooter was the undoubted king of the field.

But fact, as we all know, can often be stranger than fiction - or science fiction in this case.

And if the good Doctor should need a few tips for remodelling the interior of his converted phone box then he could do a lot worse than give those innovative folk at Honda a call.

The Japanese giants' Jazz, for instance, has for a long time been hailed as a class leader in making the most of the available space.

The modest exterior dimensions of this popular supermini open onto an interior whose comfort and roominess is the equal of many a family hatchback - and whose versatility would put many to shame. Head and leg room is good for all occupants and the Jazz's extra height means that the driver benefits from the elevated position and good all round visibility offered by a compact MPV.

Clever two-way folding rear seats and a multi-functional parcel shelf also offer a wide range of luggage space and loadcarrying options - but even with all the seats in place the Jazz's boot is surprisingly generous. And while driving the Jazz is never going to set the heart racing, it's certainly not a chore either.

Steering is sharp and responsive, changing gear is smooth and compact and all the controls are within easy reach on the impressively uncluttered dash and centre console. Acceleration is steady but more than adequate for the class and there's a top speed of 113mph for the 1.4 petrol engine featured here.

Economy is a strong selling point and you'll get more than 52mpg on average from the Jazz for emissions of just 128g/km. …

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