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Honda Jazz Review

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      Launch year
      2020
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Hybrid
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Practical yet trendy little car

Best bits

  • Extremely versatile with big boot and ‘Magic Seats’
  • Hybrid setup means it’s relaxing to drive and ultra efficient
  • Trendier than you’d expect

Not so great

  • Pricey compared to mainstream alternatives
  • Firm ride with 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Fuddy-duddy image won’t appeal to everyone

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Honda Jazz

"No one ever regretted buying a Honda Jazz. It’s the sort of car that’ll continue to surprise you with its practicality, reliability and frugal fuel economy. The latest model is more appealing than ever, thanks to a modern cabin and clever hybrid engine setup."

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The Honda Jazz has always been popular with buyers looking for a small car with big car versatility. It’s earned itself a strong following over the years, with owners praising its incredible practicality, low running costs and reputation for dependability.


The latest model is trendier and more tech-packed than ever - yet it’s retained many of the features which its loyal buyers have come to love. It’s easier than ever to drive, with a comfortable (higher than normal) driving position, while its hybrid engine means it’s incredibly efficient.


In true Jazz form, the latest model is infinitely more practical than conventional small cars like the SEAT Ibiza or Ford Fiesta. There’s a huge amount of headroom and fully-grown adults ought to be very happy sitting in the back - not least because someone else is doing the driving. The rear bench can flip and fold to provide people-carrier levels of practicality, while there’s plenty of storage space for your odds and ends.


The new Jazz combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with not one but two electric motors and a single-speed gearbox. It drives just like an automatic petrol car, albeit one that can set off in silence. It’s not a plug-in hybrid, so you don’t have to faff around charging the Jazz, yet fuel economy should be very good. Officially it can return 62.8mpg.


With excellent visibility and an impressive turning circle, the Jazz is in its element around town. It can dart in and out of spaces, while parking is easy thanks to parking sensors across most of the range, and a reversing camera on high-spec models.


It’s also surprisingly refined on the motorway, meaning you can travel hundreds of miles in comfort. That ‘big car’ feel means you’re well insulated from the outside environment, which is a good thing at 70mph.


Surprisingly, for a car that focuses on comfort and practicality, the Jazz does feel rather firm over less-than-ideal roads. You’ll find yourself flinching if you hit a pothole at speed. As is often the case, you may wish to opt for one of the models fitted with smaller wheels if comfort is a priority.


While the Honda Jazz is well-equipped (provided you avoid the cheapest SE model) and ticks many boxes, you’ll pay more for one compared to a regular little hatchback - especially as its newness means it’s yet to trickle down onto the used market. Prices start in the region of £19,000, which will get you a pretty high-spec Fiesta.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Honda Jazz (2015-2020-) review.


Is the Honda Jazz right for you?

Do you want a small car that’s still capable of carrying many people and things? Do you fancy a hybrid engine that’ll provide very frugal economy? Do you want a car that’ll be cheap to run in other ways, too, with a reputation for reliability? If so, yes, the Honda Jazz probably is the right car for you.


It’s not perfect (that harsh ride and high price tag), but it’s a really easy choice to justify - especially if you need a big boot or wish to carry people in the back. Traditionally the Jazz has always appealed to an older clientele, but it ticks the boxes for a wide variety of buyers - thanks to fresh new technology (the media system is leagues ahead of the old one) and trendy looks.


If you want the more 'crossover' version (and we use that in the loosest sense), you need our Honda Jazz Crosstar (2020) review.


What’s the best Honda Jazz model/engine to choose?

There’s only one engine, so that’s a simple choice. It’s just a matter of deciding which trim level you want, and that’ll depend on how much you’re prepared to spend and which features you think are essential.


We wouldn’t bother with the spartan SE trim, unless you really must stick to a strict budget. The mid-range SR is probably the sweet spot in the range, with the smaller (and therefore more comfortable) alloy wheels, the nine-inch media system and some nice interior touches to make it feel a bit more special. The top-spec EX is more difficult to justify, but it does come with things like a reversing camera, navigation and heated seats.


What other cars are similar to the Honda Jazz?

There’s nothing else quite like the Jazz. It sits between conventional small hatchbacks - cars like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris, SEAT Ibiza and Hyundai i20 - and more practical crossover SUVs like the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq, Volkswagen T-Cross, Renault Captur, Suzuki Vitara and Honda HR-V.

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Honda Jazz a reliable car?

Yes, it's very reliable. There are very few reports of problems with the Honda Jazz and it has a well deserved reputation for reliability. The Honda Jazz was the 9th most reliable car according to owners in the 2020 Honest John Satisfaction Index, scoring 9.78 out of 10.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Is a Honda Jazz worth buying?

If you want a practical, versatile and comfortable small car, the Jazz is an excellent choice. It may not have the youthful image of some of the competition, but it's very cheap to run and reliable, making it a great choice as a used car.

Russ Campbell

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Russ Campbell

Which is better Honda Jazz or Suzuki Baleno?

The Suzuki Baleno may be bigger but the Jazz makes a case for itself as the better car all round. It offers a huge amount of space for such a small car and is very practical too. Plus the Jazz has a better quality interior than the Baleno.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What is the difference between the Honda Fit and Jazz?

Another quirk of this interesting little car is its double identity. In Japan, Sri Lanka, China and the Americas it’s the Fit, but for the rest of the world, including Europe, it’s badged as Jazz.

David Ross

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David Ross

Can I buy the Jazz with a hybrid engine?

Honda doesn’t get enough credit for its pioneering approach to hybrids. The previous Jazz (2008 - 2015) was the first small hatch to use petrol/electric power when a hybrid version was introduced in 2011. Even though the previous model was available with a similar powertrain in its native Japan, it was never sold in the UK. However the 2020 Jazz is hybrid only.

David Ross

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David Ross

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