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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Dashboard is uncluttered and well laid-out
  • Feels like it’ll last, but materials can be hard
  • Excellent visibility all-round 

As you’d expect from a Honda, material quality overall is good – there are no really unpleasant surfaces and there’s a mix of plastic types without it seeming like a bit of a mish-mash. There are some scratchy plastics in places, and the top of the dashboard and doors are quite hard. Everything’s very well-placed, though.

The touchscreen media system is easy to read and operate as it’s located close to and angled towards the driver. Where everything is on the touchscreen can take a little getting used to and some of the graphics – especially the Garmin-based sat-nav – look very dated compared with something like the Volkswagen Polo, which is as slick as it comes right now. The touch-sensitive buttons at the side of the screen require a carefully conducted prod, too.

A large cupholder to the right of the wheel is convenient for the driver but blocks the air vent so you might be better off using the two under the centre console. It’s quite easy to get comfortable thanks to an increased amount of adjustment in the wheel and seats, plus everything is well within reach so you don’t have to keep readjusting your position.

Is it comfortable?

  • Excellent seat comfort, but also supportive
  • Ride on Sport models can be a little fidgety
  • Other models more composed over bumps

Supportive yet comfortable seats are easy to get in and out of thanks to wide-opening doors and a slightly higher position within the car than other superminis, while air-conditioning is standard on all models.

Even though the Jazz has an increased focus on handling compared with older models, the ride hasn’t suffered too much, meaning it still has cushioning suspension at low speed and a decent amount of bodyroll resistance at higher speeds.

Take things steady and cabin noise is kept to a minimum with soundproofing that has been installed in the wheel arches and dashboard to help reduce wind and road noise. That’s not quite enough to keep the sound of the engines out when you’re accelerating, however.

2019 Honda Jazz rear seats