Join Date: 27th June 2006
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Strangely enough I traded up from a Jazz sport too. My car was actually one of the first imported into the UK (on a 51 plate) and was so reliable that I was really sorry to see it go (had to sell though, due to an overseas move).
Routine servicing all the way, coupled with great economy and a surprising turn of speed, made it a fab little car. And it felt absolutely bullet proof!
Now, having got my 1.8, so far I'm really pleased. The Civic has a more grown up feel, with lots of nice soft touch plastics (as opposed to the Jazz with its shiny facia) and obviously has far more grunt. Certainly with goodies such as cruise control, it makes for a lovely drive on motorways and dual carriageways, while on the twisty bits the Civic is very accomplished (though I think the ride quality is no better than the Jazz). There's also a capacious boot, comfy seats and, of course, a wonderfully designed dashboard. Those blue backlit dials and red starter button still make the car special for me (and every trip fun) despite the new car feeling wearing off a bit.
Fortunately, it also has magic seats just like the Jazz, which makes it very versatile for moving stuff (and, apart from anything else, they're a great help when vacuuming).
There's a couple of things I do miss though. The Jazz was spookily quiet at idle. So much so that my mates used to think I hadn't actually started the car. The DSI engine was arguably more refined throughout the rev range too, with the Civic's 1.8 becoming boomy at about 4000rpm (essentially when it ceases being an economy 1.5 litre engine and turns into a much more potent 1.8 ).
Also, the round gear knob was much nicer to hold in the Jazz than the Civic's. And, dare I say it, the change was better too.
I would also say that build quality on the Jazz was better. Not by much, but with that car, I always had the impression it would go on and on and on. With the Civic I hope that's the case (so far so good) but I'll reserve judgement for now. Let's just say, if they built the Civic in Japan, that would be the icing on the cake!
So, in summary, I really miss the Jazz. If I had the cash, I think there'd be room in my garage for both. However, do I regret buying the Civic? Not one iota! It's a corking car and one that I always really look forward to driving. And I especially like the fact that it's so different and radical to most cars on the road that, even now, more than a year after launch, it's still turning heads!!
So relax Buzby, you've made a very good choice!!
Last edited by jayt43; 16th February 2007 at 17:48.