What Car Q&A - What's the best automatic supermnini?
The Jazz is probably the best small automatic under £12,500. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is reasonably smooth and barely affects economy and CO2 output at all.
You’re right, though, it is quite expensive at £12,270 for the SE version. If you’re willing to sacrifice a little performance, then the Nissan Micra 1.4 Acenta Auto is the next best thing. It adds £900 to the cost of the car, but the Nissan is a lot cheaper to begin with, so it works out over £2000 cheaper than the Honda.
If you want something with a bit more style, then the Fiat 500 with semi-automatic Dualogic transmission costs from £8820, and actually gives better fuel economy and produces less CO2 than the manual version.
The only downside is that upshifts are quite jerky, but with some practice you should be able to make smooth progress. Compared to the Honda or Nissan, you'll also save money when buying the 500, and on subsequent fuel and tax.