Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Trumpeting a Top Reputation

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Trumpeting a Top Reputation

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Byline: EWAN KENNEDY

HONDA Jazz is the smallest model from the at-times quirky Japanese car maker that's sold in Australia. Since its launch in October 2002 the Jazz has gained an excellent reputation for build quality and trouble-free running.

Quality is of particular interest as the Jazz comes from Thailand, not Japan, to hold down manufacturing costs. We have visited Honda's Thai plant and came away impressed, though hardly surprised, to note Honda's big emphasis on quality control.

Honda Jazz has a high roofline to maximise interior space in what is a relatively small body. It can seat four adults with little compromising on leg room, but in Australia is more likely to carry either a couple or a family with young children. It fulfils both tasks.

There's reasonably easy entry to the back seat, but some may find the rear door opening is a little tight in the original model. Those sold from the new model of 2008 had this mild problem rectified.

The Jazz has one of the best folding rear seat designs of them all. The rear seat slides backwards and forwards to let you choose your own compromise between people and/or luggage. And it can be folded in a few moments to create a huge luggage area. Even better, the front passenger seat backrest can be reclined all the way down to let you carry long loads extending from the dashboard to the rear window.

In August 2008 Honda introduced a new Jazz that looked the same as the first generation, but was actually a major evolution of the old. The gen-two car is larger and sits on a longer wheelbase, so has significantly more space inside, particularly in the rear area of the cabin. Boot space increased and the 60/40 split rear seats could be folded flat without having to move the front seats a few notches forward as in the original model.

At the same time the body was more rigid to improve NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). …

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