Despite its rocky reputation, the Honda Jazz has bounced back into one of the most impressive new cars on the market today. Believe it or not, bang for buck, it's one of the best cars you can buy new right now. You may think I'm crazy, but hear me out.

The Jazz has had a complete refresh which takes it from a plastic bor-box into a new super-mini that has more than enough oomph to take on the competition from the likes of Volkswagen, Mazda and Toyota to name a few. The city car market is ever growing and the Jazz has stepped up its game.

As well as some major aesthetic changes, the whole dynamics of the car have changed which have given it almost go kart like features thanks to Honda's new chassis platform and improved suspension, front and rear. Coupled with larger brakes, direct steering and a small wheelbase, the Jazz is perhaps one of the most surprisingly involving cars on the market today.

If you expect the Jazz to be an outright performance car then you'll be disappointed but it is pokey enough for city driving with either of its two engine choices; 1.3 or 1.5 i-Vtec, offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes. They're slow but speed isn't everything.

As far as gadgets and gizmos go, it offers everything a car needs. The new range of Hondas feature a multimedia touch screen in the centre of the dash, housing the navigation, audio and video applications with touch screen buttons surrounding including the heating controls. Other simple things like the stop/start function, automatic lights and wipers, heated seats, screens and wing mirrors just add to the whole picture.

I'm not going to do a full on review, but all I ask is that you try not to laugh at me and think I'm mad!

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