Which engine did your Jazz have Bungle, 1.2 or 1.4?
While I totally agree with your 'about town' comments, I have to disagree with your findings regarding faster roads. We had a 1.4 Sport version for a couple of years and I was always amazed by its motorway refinement for a small car -happy as the proverbial sandboy at 70-80mph - we always arrived at our destination feeling very calm and relaxed.
It's no wonder it scores so highly in all of the surveys.
Also, I reckon there is more room for a front passenger to stretch out due to its deeper foot well legroom compared to the Civic.(or a CR-V for that matter)
I do not think that small car necessarily equates to poor high speed refinement.
This week's Auto Express features the new Mini Cooper and I quote "In fact,whatever type of driving you're doing, the MINI excels, with refinement at motorway speeds being especially impressive"
I had ther 1.4 I think. No, I did.
Most of my family have moved from SE London/Kent borders to the medway towns, so it is a regular trip. When I had the Jazz, we took it as we had fuel to use up (the garage won't get any of our fuel back!).
The car had 4 in it, and we all agreed that it was not nice to be in at 70mph, it was noisy and uncomfortable. This is in comparison to the last generation Civic Sport 3 door, and an Accord.
I don't understand that, then.
The Mini is an great little car, and supposedly handles just like a small BMW, which it kind of is. We seriously looked at one, but the boot space and specs on the lower trims were laughable.