As we started working on the new generation of Jazz, the common goal of Honda’s engineers and designers was for all decisions to be made to revolve around driver and occupant comfort. Considering each of the elements of the car as part of a single development team, the decisions that affected the structure, design and ergonomics were all taken at the same time, which led to levels of comfort and spaciousness leading in its class, and allowed significant advancement over the predecessor model.
An essential aspect to achieve this goal is the new design of the front seats that provides greater stability and comfort to the body thanks to its new ergonomic platform. This component is located both in the seat base and in the backrest, and replaces the usual S-shaped spring design of previous models.
By widening the lower part of the seat, it has been possible to increase the thickness by about 30 mm, so that when sitting, an immediate feeling of greater comfort is perceived. This new structure together with a larger padding, gives the seat base optimum flexibility and – what is more important – without it sinking due to the weight. This same ergonomic platform is part of the seat back offering greater support in the lower back and pelvis, so that it provides stability to the body. An aspect that helps to avoid fatigue on longer journeys, especially in the hip and waist area. In addition, the new structure makes it easier to maintain a comfortable and stable driving posture, even when cornering and on uneven terrain by preventing body roll.
The newly designed seats narrow at the top of the backrest offering optimum padding volume to provide full support for the occupants’ backs. This design helps create a wider space between the front seats, allowing front and rear occupants to communicate more easily. The lowest point of the seat height is 14mm closer to the ground, which, along with softened padding on the sides of the base, makes it easier to get in and out of the car.
Honda engineers and designers also worked closely to improve the comfort level of the rear occupants. By moving the seat hinges out of the seat back frame, the development team was able to optimize the comfort level of the padding. In addition, the tubular seat structure has been redesigned so that engineers have been able to increase the padding of the base by 24mm.
Honda’s collaborative approach to designing the new Jazz has allowed the car’s frame, seats, and controls to be integrated to provide a higher level of driver comfort. A series of small adjustments together contribute to greatly reducing physical stress when driving.
Ergonomic enhancements include placing the brake pedal closer to the bottom bracket, reducing the need to adjust the seat position to use the pedal comfortably. The angle of the brake pedal has also been modified to allow a five degree increase in the foot angle so that the pedal can be actuated more naturally. Furthermore, the seating position has been relocated accordingly to provide optimal support for the thighs.
Achieving a comfortable driving position is easier than ever thanks to the wider adjustment range of the steering wheel, which allows the driver to move the center of the steering wheel up to 14 mm more. The angle of the steering wheel increases by two degrees more upwards than in the previous model, making it more oriented towards the driver. Thanks to these modifications, the necessary movement of the arms and shoulders to grip the steering wheel is less, which translates into an improvement in the separation distance between the shoulders and the seat by 18 mm.
Having taken comfort into the rear as a key aspect of the entire structural design process, rear-seat occupants will also enjoy unmatched legroom in its 989mm class, as the rails of the Front seats have been moved forward and the distance between them is now greater, offering more useful surface. The fuel tank has been placed in the center of the chassis, which has allowed the new Jazz to maintain the excellent versatility of the Honda Magic Seats, which fold completely if more space is needed to transport cargo.
By evaluating all possible ways to improve occupant comfort level, ergonomics and spaciousness of interior space, and incorporating them into every phase of the design process, Honda is proposing a novel and compelling strategy within the compact car segment. The end result is a completely new hybrid and compact car that offers exceptional efficiency as well as incredible levels of functionality and day-to-day comfort, with everything you need to satisfy the modern consumer. .