By the evidence on our roads, the Honda Jazz is understandably popular with female drivers.

It’s small, economical, practical and pretty, with the added appeal of renowned Honda quality.

The third-generation Jazz builds on those virtues, being roomier, thriftier, better equipped, lighter and stronger, while still delightful to drive.

Its star turn is a folding back seat that provides several cargo configurations, including one that allows a person to lie almost flat.

Other practical features include a console bin big enough to hold tablet computer while charging it, keyless ignition, petrol-saving engine idle-stop and speedo lighting that changes to green the more economically you drive.

$14,990-$22,490 plus on-roads | Light hatchback
1.5 litre petrol | 88kW/145Nm

FOR: Interior design, versatility.
AGAINST: Boxier styling, but it’s a matter of taste.
VERDICT: A good thing made better.