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Honda Jazz hybrid practicality & boot space

A large boot and trademark 'Magic Seats' mean the hybrid Honda Jazz is a very practical supermini

Honda Jazz
Rating
Practicality & boot space Rating
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,044-4,090mm1,694–1,725mm1,526–1,556mm298-304/1,199–1,205 litres

Practicality has always been a major factor behind the Honda Jazz’s success, so the latest car has continued that trend. Its mini-MPV proportions and focus on packaging mean there’s a good amount of space for passengers and luggage.

The boot is bigger than those of some of the most popular superminis on sale, while the high roofline means fitting adults in the back isn’t an issue. Honda has gone to great lengths under the metal to maximise interior space and seems to have done a good job.

Honda Jazz hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

If you plan to regularly carry more than two adults, the Jazz is a good option. Its five-door-only body shape and high roof mean access is easy (even more so with the slightly higher Crosstar), while both front and rear passengers have plenty of leg and headroom. A large central armrest in the front is a nice touch, as are the mobile-phone pockets on the back of the front seats.

The cabin itself is light, airy and comfortable, but overall comfort is let down by the car’s ride quality; our EX test car with 16-inch wheels was too easily upset by rougher surfaces. There’s still a sense of sophistication about the car’s damping, but there needs to be more. Perhaps picking 15-inch alloys will help address this.

Honda Jazz

Boot space

The Jazz’s 304-litre boot is larger than that of the Toyota Yaris or Ford Fiesta; Honda’s packaging of the fuel tank, suspension and hybrid gubbins has paid dividends. Fold down the seats and there’s 1,205 litres to use. The car’s 'Magic Seats' can be folded flat conventionally or can have their bases folded up to meet the backs – great for packing in awkward, tall items like children’s bikes or TV boxes.

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