0-litre 197bhp Ivtec
four-pot engine revs to a frantic 8,000rpm, dispatching 60 in around six seconds with an all-out max of over 150.
Wheras the recently introduced iVTEC
engines of the Stream and Civic Type-R models have been designed for a balance between performance and efficiency, the type of powerplant in the Jazz targets the ultimate degree of fuel economy.
ES PRICE: pounds 22,835 MECHANICAL: 148bhp, 1,997cc, fourcylinder petrol engine driving four wheels via six-speed manual gearbox MAX SPEED: 118mph 0-62 MPH: 10.
engine is enough to satisfy any boy racer - taking the car to 62mph is just 6.
You can step up the pace by ramming on the revs - and I confess I do like the growl of Honda's iVTEC
engines under such pressure - but even then I didn't get anywhere near the official 10.
The flagship model is a 2-litre iVTEC
Sport costing pounds 16,400.
engine that delivers 120PS at 6,600rpm, and a peak torque of 145 Nm available at 4,800rpm, coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission.
This provides a very smooth and powerful drive and in many ways brings out the best in the advanced iVTEC
Type S, right, is now pounds 1200 cheaper at pounds 13,550, while the list price of the powerful Type R GT tumbles by two grand to pounds 17,980.
There is also a good choice of engines, starting with the two-litre iVTEC
which delivers less CO2 emissions than some of today's superminis.
engine and transmission as the current models.