Words by Rachel McAlley
Our Gadgets writer, Rachel McAlley took the Honda Jazz Crosstar for a week-long spin around Yorkshire.
She started out at the North Yorkshire Moors, onto the Dales, to the East Coast, through back streets, A-roads, and motorway. The Honda Jazz Crosstar took to each terrain seamlessly.
Fit to bursting with the latest in-car technology the Crosstar offers a collision mitigation braking system, and alerts the driver while reducing speed. This is a clever little aspect to the new Jazz.
The Crosstar includes auto high beam headlights, which can detect a vehicle in front and will change between high and low beam. Above all, this sets the Jazz apart from the rest.
There’s an intelligent speed limiter reading all approaching traffic signs, along with traffic recognition. And, this is shown on the in-car 9” touch screen.
Honda has included a voice-activated personal assistant so you can play your favourite tracks. It can find a restaurant and turn the radio on to the latest DAB stations. The sound system offers an 8-speaker premium audio experience with front tweeters, central speaker and rear subwoofer.
The touch screen display integrates via wireless connection on your own Apple device, and it boasts intuitive infotainment technology, in-car connectivity, and offers WiFi hotspot points.
I’m a huge fan of having the latest gadgets and technology in cars. Honda are at the forefront of in-car technology, and they are leading the way.
The Honda Jazz Crosstar alternates between three driving modes, the EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive, which deliver seriously efficient performance. In other words, this car is a drivers’ dream.
EV means you are running on 100% electric power, Hybrid is when both the petrol engine and the electric motor combine, and Engine is used during sustained, higher-speed cruising.
The journey between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, the Crosstar averaged a staggering 82.9mpg. So, this is truly outstanding!
The Jazz Crosstar provides the possibility of driving 518 miles with a single refuel. Similarly, it is also extremely eco-efficient with an average of 100g/kilometre of CO2 emitted.
Honda’s signature Magic Seats allow for the base of the seat to be lifted and to dive into the cabin floor. The seats also feature lumbar support to provide anti-fatigue properties.
The back of the front seats have added smartphone pockets, for rear occupant use, and the foot wells are spacious. This has previously been an issue in smaller cars, but is not the case in the Crosstar.
An increased ride height, unique front grille design, and integrated roof rails provide a more spacious feel in the cabin. The new bold style includes a different front grille design, black cladding around the wheel arches, and lower sills, along with 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
The Crosstar boats a 1205L cargo capacity, and wide panoramic views throughout the car.
Model: Honda Jazz Crosstar 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid EX CVT (5-door)
OTR Price: £22,635
Extras: Metallic Paint in Surf Blue & Crystal Black, £950
Total Price: 23,585
Honda have outdone themselves with this unique Jazz Crosstar. It is eco-friendly, exceptionally comfortable, nippy, easy to manoeuvre, packed with technology, and is a great youthful car to drive.
For more information about the Honda Jazz Crosstar visit honda.co.uk
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