This is where the Jazz scores in spades. It’s got loads of space in both rows. Quality abounds, both in the plastics and fabrics used. The Jazz will take a little getting used to the first time one gets in, because the base of the windscreen is so far away. This can also make it a problem while parking in confined spaces, since it makes it quite hard to judge where the front corners of the car are. The large glass area makes the cabin feel bigger than it really is, despite the grey fabrics used. A comfortable driving position is easily achieved, thanks to the adjustment that is available on the driver’s seat. The steering wheel is sporty and has controls for the audio system on it, which adds to the ‘expensive’ feeling in the car. However, it doesn’t telescope, which we’d have liked – after all, hatchbacks like the Fabia and i20 offer a steering wheel that telescopes, and this goes a long way in making the driver comfortable over long journeys. What will make tall drivers really uncomfortable is the point to which the flowing lines of the dashboard converge to on the bottom right side – this point will dig into your left knee if you’re about six feet tall. What drivers will like are the front quarter glasses, which are large enough to be functional, although in the short time that the car was with us, we didn’t get comfortable enough to make out where the nose was. The other occupants of the car will be extremely comfortable, what with the excellent knee- and headroom. Boot space is extremely good for a hatchback, but if you find it isn’t enough for an airport run, the ‘magic seats’, as Honda has branded them, will have you playing games with the number of combinations you can have to make space for your luggage. They split 60:40 and not only fold flat to the boot floor level, the seat base will also fold upwards if you need to stack things vertically. The left rear seat base also has a small storage space if you need to squirrel away valuables. There are a total of ten cupholders in the car, according to Honda, but the ones that impressed us the most were the ones placed under the air-conditioning vents that keep your drinks cool. We also liked the little storage space in the boot on the right side – it’s perfect for storing small things that would otherwise roll around in the boot.
The quality of the plastics and fabrics is top notch, with fit and finish of a similarly high order. The orange-on-orange dials are easy to read, and the white LCD multifunction display with the real-time fuel consumption indicator encourages the driver to drive with a light right foot. There is no temperature gauge, but ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ indicators are present in the instrument gauge cluster. Start the car up on a cold morning, and the blue ‘cold’ light will stay on until the engine is warm enough, after which it will switch off. The door locks puzzled us – the individual locks are very hard to operate. In an otherwise ergonomically correct interior, this is one feature that seems to have been overlooked.