Spec-for-spec, the auto costs £1,100 to a greater extent than than the manual across the range. It uses the now-familiar continuously variable transmission (CVT) organisation also seen on cars similar the Toyota Prius together with Nissan Juke. It's a type fo automatic gearbox that doesn't genuinely receive got traditional gears, but constantly changes ratios to optimise the engine output.
It does fighting a chip on the opened upwards route – equally the engine tends to shout if you lot dial inward besides much power. And although it settles downwards at spear speeds, planting the trammel to overtake makes it shout again. Performance for the CVT isn’t that different to the manual – 0-62mph takes 12.2 seconds versus 11.3 seconds – but it exactly feels that chip to a greater extent than reluctant when you’re inward a hurry.
Bizarrely, Honda has installed a laid of steering wheel-mounted paddles, which, inward our experience, are useless together with brand footling departure to the engine’s revs. We wouldn’t bother using these, therefore exactly larn out the engine together with box to exercise their ain thing.
But few people volition purchase the Jazz for its sporting credentials. It all the same majors on kit together with practicality, together with this mid-spec SE is our selection of the range. It builds on the basic southward model’s Bluetooth, auto lights together with cruise command past times adding a seven-inch touchscreen, alloys together with parking sensors front end together with rear.
All cars exercise goodness from the vivid Magic Seats, which crease inward i slowly together with clever movement, together with there’s fifty-fifty a fold-flat front end rider topographic point if you lot regularly send longer items. We’d relieve ourselves £605 past times going for the non-Navi model, though, together with purchase ourselves a portable TomTom for £90.
My frank review therefore is this.While this CVT auto model works good to a greater extent than or less town, it’s only non equally skillful to receive equally the manual if you lot e'er firm farther afield. It’s slightly to a greater extent than economical, but you’re unlikely to run across those gains every day. Mid-spec SE trim down is the i to larn for, though, adding all the kit you’ll e'er take away for a fair price. The manual model starts from £14,595 together with is a far to a greater extent than attractive ownership suggestion than the fully-laden £16,305 EX Navi.