Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Drive Honda Jazz

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Drive Honda Jazz

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Byline: MAURICE GLOVER

CORPORATE pride took a hefty blow when Honda realised its smallest hatchback was outclassed by European superminis - and less than 12 months after it was introduced here, the Logo model quietly disappeared from the showrooms.

But designers and engineers at the Japanese company have made amends in coming up with the Honda Jazz, an ingenious newcomer that's full of surprises.

The Jazz is fantastically spacious. Its clever layout moves the fuel tank from the back of the car and places it under the front seats to provide a lower floor and more rear-seat legroom than usual.

Combined with a relatively high roofline, the result is masses of space for occupants and their luggage.

The innovative layout is an object lesson in efficient packaging and allows this supermini to carry five in the comfort of a larger-sized family car.

With the split rear seats in position, the boot has a 380-litre capacity - the biggest of any of the cars in this category. …

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