What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021
Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best small car for practicality
Despite the fashion for SUVs, the traditional small car remains the most popular type on the road. The Honda Jazz has a similar footprint to the Volkswagen Polo, but with a tall body, upright driving positions and clever seating flexibility usually found in MPV’s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, its ability to carry people puts other small cars to shame. Head room is superb, both in the front and back, and there’s more rear leg room than you’ll find in any rival. Better still, the rear seat bases can be flipped up in the same way as those in the cinema, freeing up interior space so you can carry bulky things like a bike, or even a dog.
Not that the Jazz is just a big box on wheels, though; it’s a brilliant car even if you take practicality out of the equation. Its hybrid engine delivers strong performance and excellent real-world fuel economy, and if you go for SR trim you’ll get a very generous amount of standard comfort, convenience and safety kit. It isn’t cheap, but slow depreciation makes up for that.
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