The Honda Jazz is an amazingly smart little car. It makes full use of its modest footprint in MPV style – with a length of four meters it offers great space for the crew and a 304-litre boot to go with it (fold the rear seats and it’s 1,205 litres). In addition, you get rear folding Magic Seats, which, in addition to the normal folding of the backrests, can also be folded out, creating a large cargo space behind the front seats as well. Really smart!

Even smarter is the hybrid drive combining an economical 15-litre petrol engine with two electric motors. I won’t bore you with technicalities, you can study them in our older article – you mainly need to know that thanks to this, the Jazz works like a “gasoline electric car” at city and lower county speeds (so it’s more nimble and quieter) and maintains efficiency at higher speeds combustion engine.

And how effective is it, you ask? It depends on the route and your skills – if you don’t watch yourself and you also drive the highway, you’re in for 5.5 liters, with a little effort it will be around 4.5, and when jumping around the city and crawling in queues, the consumption will drop to 3. 5 liters. Impressive, right?

Photo: Lukáš Kukla, Garáž.cz

It looks like a small MPV and in fact it is. By the way, it can pull up to 500 kilos on the ball.

Skarohlídi will of course object that Jazz can be quite noisy. The point is that when stronger acceleration is needed, the continuously variable transmission turns the engine to higher revs and holds it there until you release the gas again (after a few seconds). In fact, it’s rather unnatural (we’re used to the revolutions and with them the noise rising and falling depending on the shift) than it would be downright unpleasant.

And you’ll definitely bite the bullet, because you don’t have to crush the Jazz’s engine so much – after the modernization, it has a solid combined output of 123 hp (+14 hp thanks to a more powerful electric motor) and a torque of 253 Nm, so it reacts a bit more briskly and at the same time works more smoothly thanks to the improved gearbox. Add to that the very natural steering, which is a pleasure to work with, and the chassis, which doesn’t mind more nimble cornering. So just don’t “squeeze” and don’t brake so much when cornering. Then Jazz pulls you into the driving process and even puts a smile on your face.

Photo: Lukáš Kukla, Garáž.cz

The cabin is simple, yet well equipped, so exceptionally spacious and surprisingly practical. The drink holders on the dashboard right in front of the air conditioning vents are a great feature – in the heat, a cold drink will keep you cool, in winter, a hot drink will be kept hot.

And an even bigger smile will spread on your face when you read the list of equipment – you already get an extensive package of safety assistants as a base, which includes an emergency braking system, lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, an assistant for driving in queues or reading road signs, plus 10 airbags (!), LED lights with automatic remote control, alloy wheels, central control with remote control, automatic air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, 7″ instrument panel and 9″ infotainment with 4 speakers and two USB ports and much more .

Unfortunately, this means an optically higher basic price at the border of 600 thousand crowns, but considering the basic equipment, automatic transmission and economical hybrid drive, it is actually a great offer if you don’t have too deep in your pocket. And if you want to make it nice, you can throw in another 40 thousand for a soft-road version of the Crosstar with a “rough” coating and 16 mm of ground clearance in addition.

But you don’t have to, because the Crosstar version only makes sense for more affluent cottagers. In addition, the regular Jazz is a great car, spacious, practical, economical, reliable and, above all, user-friendly, so you will quickly fall in love with it (that is, if you don’t drive the highway every day, but rather the city and the surrounding area, in order to make the most of its hybrid drive). It’s one of the best small cars you can buy. So if you have what it takes…

So back to the prices: Thanks to a special discount of 20,000 crowns, the Honda Jazz starts at 599,900 CZK, while the higher Advance equipment costs 30,000 more (for them you get, for example, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry and start, semi-leather interior, navigation and a few others laskomin) and special versions of Advance Sport and Advance Crosstar can be purchased for CZK 669,900.

Motor in-line four-cylinder, placed in front across + 2x electric motor
Displacement volume 1,498 cm3
Performance 79 kW (107 hp) at 6,000 rpm.
Torque 131 Nm at 4,500-5,000 rpm.
Electric motor 90 kW (122 hp) and 253 Nm
The combined performance of the hybrid system 122 is 253 Nm
Transmission automatic, e-CVT
Tree front wheels
Standby weight 1 320 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 9,7 s
Maximal speed 175 km/h
Consumption (combination) 4.8 l/100 km
Fuel tank volume 40 l
Wheels and tires 185/60 R16
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 105/1 725/1 556 mm
Wheelbase 2 520 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 304 l