Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Honda Jazz 1.4 I-Vtec Es

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Honda Jazz 1.4 I-Vtec Es

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IT was back in 2002 that the Honda designers intimated "now you has Jazz" to a gathering of motoring punidts assembled in Spain for the launch of the innovative Honda supermini.

That memorable unveiling revealed a family car boasting a surprising amount of room and, if memory serves, Honda had engaged a troupe of acrobatic dancers to prove the flexibility of items such as the so-called "Magic Seats".

It certainly impressed those inr attendance and, subsequently, the British buying public.

Since then more than 220,000 models of the five-door Honda Jazz have been sold in the UK and, with the introduction of a second generation Jazz and the switch of production to Swindon, Honda was able to boast a top five UK retail sales spot for some six years.

The Jazz remains Honda's best selling motor and earlier this year a revised Jazz joined the Swindon stable.

The challenge was to freshen up and improve the car without compromising the characteristics that made it popular.

With the new model the Honda engineers have certainly succeeded. The latest Jazz has even greater flexibility, better looks and improved ride comfort while benefiting from further "green" credentials.

Despite being marginally longer and wider than the outgoing model, the latest Jazz remains a compact car and, with the highly successful flat folding at a touch so-called "Magic Seats" in the rear plus extra legroom for rear seat passengers it remains a surprisingly roomy mode of transport.

Easily accessed stowage space in the deep and wide boot is surprisingly generous.

Jazzing up the Jazz also included the creation of revised front and rear bumpers, an eye catching new design which also added further to the car's eco credits by helping to reduce drag and in turn improving fuel economy. Although diesel power doesn't figure in the Jazz line-up there are a brace of petrol powered engines, 1. …

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