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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The range kicks off with a 75bhp 1.2-litre, which was introduced to the Jazz range in late 2004 - just after the model was given a few styling and comfort tweaks. It's a peppy unit that's well suited to town work being both quick off the mark and nippy at low speeds. It certainly feels quicker than its 0-60mph time of 13.3 seconds suggests. The 81bhp 1.4-litre engine was the engine that the Jazz was launched with in 2002 and it suits most drivers' needs as it has no problems keeping up with traffic plus acceleration is brisk enough for quick lane-changing.

It's just as impressive on the motorway, cruising easily at 70-80mph and will average around 49mpg with the five-speed manual gearbox.

The Jazz is an easy car to drive around town thanks to its light steering and controls. On A and B roads it feels sharp and composed, with firm and precise gearchanges and responsive brakes. It's not fun, but certainly safe and predictable. The Jazz is only let down by its firm ride (especially on early models that had even stiffer suspension), which can at times be jarring and very uncomfortable over potholed roads.

The Jazz is available with a five-speed manual or seven-speed Continuously Variable Transmission. The latter is an automatic with a manual override to allow you to change gear if you need to.