Excellent condition four-owner car, with thorough service history, just serviced, long MoT, fully valeted, with great specification including 7-speed CVT Automatic gearbox with paddle shift, air conditioning, RDS-radio with CD player and aux input, electric windows all round, power-folding heated door mirrors, 15” alloy wheels and Honda “magic seats”!  This is a great opportunity to acquire a low-mileage small automatic hatchback in terrific condition!

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-three large-format photos also below!

Here’s a great opportunity to acquire a cost-effective example of this class-leading Honda hatchback, with desirable automatic transmission, in excellent condition!

The Back Story

I originally sold this Jazz six years ago to Marion – the mother of a family friend.  In that six years, Marion and one of her sons have between them covered about 10,000 miles in the Jazz, during which time it has behaved faultlessly.  However, Marion is now of advancing age, and has decided to finally give up driving – so I have been delighted to buy the Jazz back into stock and offer it here for sale.

I went down to Bournemouth to collect the car, and drove it the 100-or so miles back to Stroud, during which journey the Jazz impressed me once again.  It drives very well, delivering a good turn of speed combined with comfort and space.

This example was first registered in January 2007.  It’s first owner kept it just over a year, selling it on in March 2008 with about 9000 miles on the clock.  The second owner then kept the Honda for the next seven years, taking it up to around 50k miles when they parted company in September 2015.  In March 2018, I bought the car with just on 70k miles, had it serviced by my service agents and sold it to Marion, who has had it ever since.  During the time that Marion has had the car, it has always been stored in an underground car park at the flats where she lives – and so has been shielded from the worst of the coastal weather in Bournemouth!

Honda Jazz Ownership in General

The Jazz has a terrific reputation on the used car market – not just for that legendary Honda build quality and reliability, but also for the huge space inside this physically-small car.  The motoring press universally recognize this, with comments such as:-

  • “If you want a Tardis, buy a Honda Jazz. It really is so ridiculously practical that if your situation dictates the need for small on the outside and big on the inside, there’s little else to touch it.” (Autocar)
  • “The Honda Jazz is an unusual small car, but its practicality and reliability are unbeatable in this class” (Heycar)
  • “It’s simply the most versatile small car on sale and one that’s easy to recommend. 10/10” (Honest John)

This generation of Jazz also features Honda’s so-called “Magic Seats” – where the rear seats can flip up to give some added versatility – see the photos.  This is particularly useful if you have tall things to stand upright behind the front seats, such as garden plants, or a bicycle – which you can then do without risking getting the boot dirty!

The Jazz was originally introduced way back in 2002 – and this is one of the last of the first generation models.  It’s the 1.3-litre 5-door model, fitted with a 1,339cc 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 82bhp and 119Nm torque.  This gives it a very acceptable 0-60mph time of 14.0 secs and a top speed of 100mph, so it is perfectly happy either running around town or out on the open road or motorway.  It’s not the fastest of cars, but equally you never feel like it is too slow or under-powered.  It’s highly economical too – running on the Euro Emissions 4 standard (so it is London ULEZ compliant) with figures of 55.4mpg on the Extra Urban and 47.9mpg on the combined fuel test!  Road tax is £180 per year.

Out on the road, the Jazz feels capable beyond its size and motoring segment.  It is comfortable and assured, accelerating with confidence, handling well and cruising smoothly too.  It’s well equipped too – and this car clearly benefits from the assurance of the low mileage, fresh service, recent MoT and valet.  All of those benefits also come before you consider the outstanding economy figures.

Specification of this example

This Jazz is fitted with the economical yet powerful 1.3-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine.  Here, it develops 82bhp, which is plenty to whizz this car along very acceptably.  It gets up to speed comfortably, and maintains it without a problem out on the open road.  There’s plenty of interior space, the seats are comfortable, and the equipment level on this SE model is what you might expect from the class above.   Air conditioning, electric windows all round, electric heated and powerfolding door mirrors, smart alloy wheels, high quality audio system with steering wheel controls, remote central locking, and the CVT automatic gearbox. CVT gearboxes have grown in popularity in recent years, although they can seem a little strange at first; essentially, there are no “gears” as such, as the car adjusts the engine revs and power output in line with the accelerator position.  This gives the effect of the car holding a steady engine note, as the speed rises.  In all cases, manufacturers set a series of pre-defined artificial gear positions (in the case of the Jazz, there are seven pre-determined “gears”) which then enables drivers to select gear ratios in the same way that you would a conventional automatic.  It all works away busily by itself – ultimately, like all automatics, you simply select “Drive”, press the accelerator and the car does the rest in the background!  In the Jazz you can also select the gear ratio via the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.

This SE model sits quite high up in the specification hierarchy, and brings all the features that you might want – air conditioning, 15” alloy wheels, RDS Radio and CD-player with aux input, electric windows all round, electrically adjusted and heated power-folding door mirrors, steering wheel mounted radio controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, ABS, power steering etc – as well as a whole host of safety features such as loads of airbags, ISOFIX rear seat mounts, seat belt pre-tensioners, ABS, immobilizer etc. All that is on top of the CVT Automatic gearbox too!

This car’s condition

It’s finished in Alabaster Silver Metallic, set off by the smart alloy wheels.  Given its age and mileage, it’s in outstanding condition.  There’s a scuff to the driver’s side rear bumper corner, that extends through to the rear wheel arch – but it’s not too unsightly.  The wheels have all suffered from some minor kerbing damage, and there are a few isolated chips, scratches and trolley dents as you would expect – but it remains very smart and presentable, as shown in the photos.

The recorded mileage of just under 80,000 is absolutely warranted to be correct.  The car has had eleven services recorded in the service book – the first eight of which was at Honda main agents.  These are all detailed below.  Marion thought that she had had an additional service completed; whilst there is no record of this (no receipt or stamp in the book), when my mechanics completed the last service a few miles ago, they reported that everything looked clean and fresh and only the oil and oil filter needed changing – which supports Marion’s recollection.  The Jazz has an MoT through to January 2025, which is clean with no advisory items.  As you would expect, it goes, performs, steers, stops etc just as you would want and expect it to do. The Jazz has a chain-driven camshaft, so there is no cambelt replacement to be worried about either!

The Jazz has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  All the owner’s handbook, service book and a sheaf of servicing receipts etc is present with the car. Like all our cars, the Jazz will also come with a 100-pt mechanical and functional inspection report.

The Motoring Press view

Giving it a strong rating of 3.5 stars out of 5, Parker’s Car Guide praises its excellent practicality and space, frugal engines and cost to run, and comments:-

“Honda’s Jazz is one of the cleverest superminis around. A thoroughly modern design it is innovative in its use of space with remarkably good head and rear legroom. It’s also well equipped and is available with frugal and characterful engines.

The Jazz is at its best in town where it’s both friendly and fun to drive. The 81bhp 1.4-litre engine was the engine that the Jazz was launched with in 2002 and it suits most drivers’ needs as it has no problems keeping up with traffic plus acceleration is brisk enough for quick lane-changing.  It’s just as impressive on the motorway, cruising easily at 70-80mph.The Jazz is an easy car to drive around town thanks to its light steering and controls. On A and B roads it feels sharp and composed, with firm and responsive brakes. It’s not fun, but certainly safe and predictable. The Jazz is only let down by its firm ride

Thoughtful use of space means that the Jazz seats five without anyone having to breathe in. Origami-like seats fold, tumble and can be stowed to create an exceptionally roomy interior. It’s possible to get a pushbike in the back – very impressive for such a small car – while passengers get plenty of head and legroom all round. The steering wheel is fully adjustable and there’s an excellent driving position, although the seats are a little on the firm side. Good all-round visibility from the tall design and large glass areas make the Jazz great in town while the attractive cabin has a clear layout and chunky switches which are user-friendly. Despite its tall design, there’s no problem with wind noise and the engine is well insulated.  The model was given an interior freshen-up in late 2004, which meant a redesigned fascia and self-illuminated controls.

The Jazz is cheap to run with low insurance costs and cheap servicing. It’s a shame that none of the engines emits less than 120g/km, which would make them cheap to tax, but fuel economy is good.  We’ve yet to hear of anything serious go wrong with the Jazz. Interior build quality is spot-on with quality materials used throughout while panel fit is perfect and there are no suspicious rattles or squeaks.”

Equipment and Features

> Finished in Alabaster Silver Metallic paintwork, with grey and charcoal patterned cloth interior trim
> 1339cc 4-cylinder fuel-injection petrol engine, producing 82bhp and 119Nm torque
> 7-speed CVT Continuously Variable Automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shift control
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Air conditioning
> Honda RDS Radio, with auxiliary input socket, single-CD player, roof-mounted aerial, steering-wheel mounted radio controls, and integrated anti-theft protection
> 9-spoke 15” alloy wheels
> Electric front and rear windows and one-touch operation on the driver’s window
> Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors with power-folding
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote controls
> Tinted windows
> Three rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, and head restraints and ISOFIX seat mountings to the outer two seats
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height adjustable steering wheel
> Height adjustable driver’s seat
> “Magic” folding rear seats
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and twin side airbags
> Rear fog lamp
> Trip computer with average mpg readout
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point/cigarette lighter
> Tailored front and rear floormats

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 79,403 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The Jazz comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 9th January 2007,and transferred to its second keeper 3rd March 2008.  The third owner registered it on te 30th September 2015, and Marion bought it on the 3rd April 2018.
> The current MoT expires 30th January 2025.  It was issued 31st January 2024 at 79,389 miles with no advisory items.   
> An MoT history printout shows the following MoTs:-
19,022 miles;  14/12/2009
23,702 miles;  06/01/2011
27,780 miles;  05/01/2012
33,252 miles;  03/01/2013
37,983 miles;  06/01/2014
45,962 miles;  05/01/2015
53,928 miles;  06/01/2016
63,301 miles;  03/01/2017
69,533 miles;  02/01/2018
71,890 miles;  07/01/2019
72,943 miles;  06/01/2020
74,531 miles;  08/01/2021
75,997 miles;  13/12/2021
78,330 miles;  09/01/2023
79,389 miles;  31/01/2024
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has been serviced eleven times, with the stamped-up service book showing:-
  8,769 miles;  05/02/2008  – Honda Main Agent
14,156 miles;  20/01/2009 – Honda Main Agent
19,018 miles;  14/12/2009 – Honda Main Agent
23,381 miles;  09/12/2010 – Honda Main Agent
27,780 miles;  05/01/2012 – Honda Main Agent
33,251 miles;  03/01/2013 – Honda Main Agent
39,983 miles;  06/01/2014 – Honda Main Agent
45,954 miles;  05/01/2015 – Honda Main Agent
53,928 miles;  06/01/2016 – Independent Garage
70,605 miles;  29/03/2018 – Independent Garage
79,398 miles;  05/02/2024 – Independent Garage (my mechanics)
> In addition, there is a repair invoice from December 2021 (when the MoT was completed at 75,997 miles) covering replacement of front and rear brake discs and pads, replacement of suspension top mounts, brake pipes and hoses, and two tyres
> The owners handbook, service book, and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition

> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in very good condition.  There is a scuff to the driver’s side rear bumper corner which extends through to the rear wheel arch on that side – this has been touched in.  The asking price reflects this damage, so if the new owner requires it, this could be professionally repaired and repainted prior to collection, at cost.  There are a few touched-in stone chips, one or two light scratches and a couple of trolley dents – but it still presents very smartly and in very good overall condition for its age and mileage.
> The interior is like new, assisted by the black carpet floormats fitted

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just under 80,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect
 > All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheels are 9-spoke 15” alloys; all of them have kerbing marks to the rims, but not badly enough to warrant repairing and repainting them
> The road tyres are a mixture of budget makes in 185/55 x 15 size.  The front tyres have between 5mm and 6mm of tread, and the rear have between 6mm and 7mm of tread. The spare wheel is a space-saver wheel, fitted with a barely used Bridgestone tyre with 3mm of tread > The locking wheel nut key, jack and tools are present


All in all – this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a very good condition small modern hatchback.  Frankly, if the speedometer didn’t say so, you would struggle to believe that this car has covered 80000 miles – it looks smart throughout and drives very well indeed.  The Jazz is universally acknowledged to be one of the very best small cars available on the market, and one of the most reliable cars of any class or size …. couple that together with this example’s extensive service history, long MoT, thorough valet, excellent equipment levels, and peppy, responsive 1.3-litre engine, together with outstanding fuel economy and it’s hard to think of a reason not to buy it!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

A note about Warranties

We go to exceptional lengths to assure the mechanical condition of any car that we sell.  Cars are generally much more reliable than was the case in the past – but they are ever increasing in complexity and should the unthinkable happen, repair costs can be high.  Many buyers prefer us to keep the price of our cars low, so we do not include a mechanical breakdown warranty as standard.  However, we are agents for the industry-leading warranty provider – Warranty Wise. If you wish to do so, you can optionally purchase a comprehensive WarrantyWise Bronze vehicle warranty for this Jazz, covering 100% of the repair cost on all major components, at labour rates of up to £75ph, at a cost of £169 for 6-months.  These warranties will only cover vehicles until they reach 18 years old (in this case, January 2025), so there’s not much point in a longer warranty period.  It will cover repair costs up to £500 for any individual claim, and up to a combined maximum of the purchase cost of the vehicle.   
Please click on “our services” above for more details.