Why buy the Honda Jazz?
If you’re looking for a small car with a lot of space, the Honda Jazz is well worth considering – there are plenty of much bigger cars that are less spacious and less practical. The Jazz is also easy to drive, comfortable, solidly made and very fuel-efficient. There’s a lot to like about it.
Honda Jazz range and updates
The current Honda Jazz has been on sale in the UK since 2020. It’s the fourth generation in a line that dates back to 2001. When the first Jazz was introduced, it immediately found a big following for its roomy and flexible interior, excellent reliability and low ownership costs. In the years since, those core characteristics haven’t changed.
Two versions of the current Jazz are available: a regular hatchback and the SUV-style Jazz Crosstar which has a taller stance, additional tough-looking exterior trim and useful roof bars. Both come with hybrid power and an automatic gearbox only, and the regular hatchback is available with several trim levels.
The previous-generation Jazz, sold from 2015 to 2020, is available with a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre petrol engine, a manual or automatic gearbox and a range of trim levels.
Honda Jazz tech and features
You’ll find the latest Jazz comes with features including climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four electric windows and adaptive cruise control. The mid-range SR trim level also has a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the top-of-the-range EX adds built-in sat nav and heated front seats.
Older Jazz models have similar features included as standard, but because of their age they don’t have some of the latest tech like smartphone connectivity and adaptive cruise control. Still, they’re very well equipped for a small hatchback.
Honda Jazz running costs and value
Depending on which model you get, the latest Jazz is capable of giving average fuel economy of 58mpg to 62mpg, according to official figures. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 102g/km to 110g/km. Those figures mean the Jazz is one of the most fuel-efficient small hatchbacks you can get and that means your annual car tax charges are low. Get a previous-generation Jazz and you’ll see average fuel economy of 42mpg to 55mpg. While the Jazz costs more than many rivals, it comes with a lot of features as standard, so it’s pretty good value overall.
Honda Jazz vs rivals
There are many other small hatchbacks to consider, including the Citroen C3, the Ford Fiesta and the Skoda Fabia. Compared with those, the Jazz really stands out for its practicality and hybrid efficiency.