After that leisurely drive around central Luzon in a Honda Jazz 1.3 S with automatic transmission that I chronicled in my previous entry, it was now time for me to take it for a spin around town.
It was just too bad, I suppose, that I didn’t get the chance to drive it as much as I wanted to but I got to test it where it mattered.
First, Mrs. Unlawyer and I went to the supermarket using the Jazz, and one of the things I liked about this hatchback is its maneuverability in restricted spaces like parking lots, thanks to is relatively short wheelbase of 2,500 mm.
This trip to the grocery proved the Jazz’s worth as a everyday cargo carrier. Mrs. Unlawyer and I were able to fill its cargo compartment with seven full grocery bags, as you can see in the picture above, without folding any of the rear seats. Loading it was made easier by the fact that the tailgate was riding low to the ground, at 630 mm. from the pavement, and wide to boot at 1,130 mm. Honda’s literature says this space has a volume of about 340 l.
For small, loose items there is a shelf inside the cargo compartment of the Honda Jazz for such things. Oddly enough, this car does not have an underfloor compartment for such goods; a spare tire occupies this space instead.
Note the cargo hook at the bottom of the picture.
Speaking of extra space, the rear passenger seats of the Honda Jazz can be configured in a number of ways in order to accommodate a driver’s particular requirements. For example, like most hatchbacks, the Jazz’s rear seats can be folded down flat in order to fit large, bulky goods or sporting equipment. This feature is described by Honda as this car’s Utility Mode. In this instance I recommend laying on a cloth sheet to protect the seat material from dust and dirt.
A unique function of the Honda Jazz is that its rear seats can be folded up in order to accommodate relatively tall goods, or what the brochure I have on hand calls Tall Mode. This car’s ability to carry this kind of cargo is hampered somewhat by the hump right smack in the middle of the space. A vestigal propeller shaft tunnel perhaps?
Another interesting feature of the Jazz is the capacity of the smaller half of its rear passenger seat to be folded in conjunction with the front passenger’s seat to fit long items, to a length of up to 2,400 mm. Not surprisingly, Honda chose to call this ability Long Mode. Notice that I folded the front seat in the wrong way.
In my next test of the Honda Jazz, Mrs. Unlawyer and I took our kids in this car for a Sunday trip to a restaurant, and I immediately realized that an observation I made about this hatchback in my 2008 entry was wrong:
“The rear passenger seats can hold two adults – just.”
In this instance I discovered that the Jazz’s rear seats can hold two adults and a child – sitting cross-legged at that – very comfortably. For comparison’s sake, all three persons are a snug fit in the subcompact I now drive, despite the fact that both vehicles are 1,695 mm. wide. This is another example of how Honda engineers have managed to maximize every inch of space inside the Jazz’s cabin.
Apart from that trip to the supermarket and the restaurant, I was able to drive the Jazz around Metro Manila to perform a number of errands and to my delight I discovered that it was very maneuverable and responsive to my steering, acceleration, and braking commands. Its i-VTEC engine technology extracted the most out of its 1.3-liter powerplant, supplying sufficient acceleration when I needed it. My city fuel consumption stats were calculated by this car’s on-board computer at 9.1 km/l.
Overall I found the Jazz to be a fun car to drive, with lots of room for passengers, and flexible enough to schlep all kinds of stuff thanks to its adjustable seats.