Is The Honda Jazz The Best Budget Car Available?
If you are shopping around for a budget car, the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio might have crossed your mind. But stop and think for a minute – do either of those car manufacturers have the reliability record of Japanese car manufacturers?
No, they don’t. If you are buying a budget car you want it to remain a budget car. You don’t want it to cost you a bucket load of money after the 3 year warranty expires. For this reason, the Honda Jazz is worth your time.
Other reasons include the fact that it’s such good fun to drive. There are only three engines available – a 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 petrol, and the 1.3 is also available in hybrid form. None of these cars set the world alight in terms of straight line pace but the chassis is fun, the car is light, and the steering is progressive. The result is a very manoeuvrable car around town and one which doesn’t get tiresome on longer journeys…
…the Honda Jazz, then, is perfect as a runabout whose sole purpose is to take you to the supermarket and your children to school.
The version I recommend is the 1.2i-VTEC S A/C, which has an on-the-road-price of £12,495 new. That’s £800 more than the cheapest model, however the cheapest model lacks air conditioning, which is rather poor. Other standard kit and equipment includes heated electric mirrors, CD player, split/fold seats and an alarm. Grantham Vertu Honda offers the Honda Jazz- you can get good deals from here.
That’s everything you’ll ever need in a budget car.
On the move, the Jazz is comfortable. The seats offer good support and all-round visibility is excellent – the Jazz also has a 5 star Euro NCAP rating – 78% for adult safety, 79% for child safety, 60% for pedestrian and 71% for safety assist. The 1.2-litre engine I recommend also outputs just 120g/km of CO2, which means just £30 a year road tax.
The Honda Jazz is one of the most popular budget cars in the UK. It is cute, it is cheap, and it is practical.
To answer the original question to this article — no, the Honda Jazz is not the best budget car available, but it could be, dependent on your needs. Taste is subjective and all needs are different, however if you’re after a safe, practical, extremely reliable and good looking little car that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then the Honda Jazz will suit you well. You can get good deals on used Honda Jazz cars now, although Honda regularly have special offers on for new cars. I recommend shopping around the best deal because you could find yourself quite the bargain!