Japan’s car of the year goes to the Honda Jazz

2013 Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz has been around for a little while now, and it hasn’t stopped picking up awards just yet.

A short while ago it was voted as the most reliable used car in the UK, something Honda was very proud of. Now, though, praise is coming from the companies home country too.

The 2014 Honda Jazz has been awarded Japan Car of the Year, even though it hasn’t made its way into market yet. Beating out cars from the likes of Toyota and Mitsubishi, the Honda Jazz blitzed the combination thanks to its unique design, ergonomic interior, but most importantly because of the company’s commitment to making their vehicles fuel efficient – the Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD can achieve 85mpg, which is really rather excellent.

This hybrid system features a 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor – the electric motor works under 30 mph, so around town, drivers don’t use any fuel at all. Mated to the engine and motor is a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox which helps make the most of the petrol engines flexibility.

This latest win for Honda marks the 12th time the company have taken home the Car of the Year award in Japan. The excellent CR-Z won in 2010.

The 2014 Honda Jazz has received excellent early reviews from all motoring magazines. It will launch with the 1.5-litre petrol / hybrid set up as outlined above, and also as a 1.3-litre petrol complete with a CVT gearbox. There will also be a diesel engine for Europe (don’t you feel special?) which will return 85mpg with a sub-90g/km CO2 output, which means free road tax.

All engines come up twin cams for excellent throttle response, and the 2014 Honda Jazz features a drastically revised suspension which has been engineered to increase stability at speed (the 2014 Jazz uses the same platform as the 2013 version).  Vertu Honda Grantham offers the Honda Jazz, and they will be offering the new Jazz when it becomes available.

Inside, the Jazz has been much improved – it benefits from the excellent ergonomics of all Honda, but the quality is much better – this car was benchmarked against the Volkswagen Polo, and therefore Honda have tried to match that cars refinement and comfort. Whilst we can’t say how good the interior is just set, we can expect there to be a leather wrapped steering wheel, gear knob, and the dashboard to make use of lots of soft touch plastics.

Estimated prices for the new Jazz in hybrid set up are around £18,500. That’s not bad for the technology on offer.

The Honda Jazz has always been an exceptional car, and now it is getting the recognition it so deserves in Japan. We wish Honda the best of luck in the future and congratulate them for winning this highly coveted award.

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