The ever reliable and highly praised Honda brand releases information about its newest Honda Jazz, which is due to be available for purchase in the UK from September. Will it be as reliable as previous models, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. The Honda Jazz is one of the most reliable cars of recent years so the new model has a lot to live up to.

The new Honda Jazz looks great, very streamlined for such a “space cruiser looking” shaped car. Sadly, the engine doesn’t really follow suite. Yes, the car looks like it could move a bit with it’s futuristic body shape, but when released it will only be with a 1.3 i-VTEC engine and that only produces just over 100 horse power. And for a car that isn’t exactly a Toyota Yaris when it comes to size and weight it isn’t going to be that fast off the mark.

However, that’s not what most people buy a Honda Jazz for. Reliability and versatility are usually enough to win most over. The Honda Jazz is a dependable car. It is a shame that there aren’t more engine choices to go along with the four different trims available. The 1.7 Diesel engine (Isuzu engine) used in some of the earlier Honda Civics would have been a decent option for the new Jazz.

Actually, maybe not as that engine does have a few faults and issues (Mostly Turbo – Sensor – Limp mode related). But then again a lot of Diesel engines regardless of make will have a few problems at some point that may be expensive to fix. Honda Diesel engines are considered to be a lot more reliable than most others out there.

Maybe just a few more petrol engine choices, or at the minimum a 1.6 engine option would be nice. More options might become available at a later date but for the initial UK release its only the one engine (1.3 i-VTEC). The 2.2i CDTI is a reliable, fairly strong engine that would have been a good choice. Prices for the new Jazz start at £13,500.