2018 Honda Jazz Sport first drive: Prudent performance

The average age of a Honda Jazz owner is 65 years-old, something that the brand isn’t shy about – nor should it be with the Jazz representing its biggest seller. So a Jazz Sport might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s Honda’s way of opening the supermini up to younger buyers.

2018 Honda Jazz Sport
2018 Honda Jazz Sport

First Impressions

The Jazz Sport does a good job of promoting its slightly sportier intentions without looking like it has fallen into the Halfords parts bin. It still has the same simplistic boxy profile as the car on which it’s based, but more athletic bumpers and a smart set of black 16-inch alloy wheels mark it out from its lesser siblings.

Being a Jazz, there is a huge amount of space inside, both in terms of head and legroom. In fact, there’s more rear legroom in this car than you’ll find in a standard wheelbase Mercedes S-Class. This cavernous space is enhanced by larger windows that let in lots of natural light, and Honda’s ‘magic seats’ that can fold like cinema seats make it an extremely versatile space as well. On the subject of practicality, boot room is an impressive 354 litres – which is getting on for the same capacity as a VW Golf – or 897 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

2018 Honda Jazz Sport

Honda’s latest 7-inch Connect infotainment system takes centre stage and is an improvement over its predecessor, however it’s still not the easiest thing to use – the best way to get the most from it is to use the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities. The cabin might consist of some hard plastics, bu...