For The Honda Jazz 1.4 EX has flaps to divide the boot or stop things sliding around and extra kit for a little more than the 1.2 SE. The engine is strong, with no great penalty in economy.

Against Avoid the optional semi-automatic gearbox, which provides slow and jerky gearchanges.

Honda Jazz Hatchback

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

Yes, the Honda Jazz 1.4 EX comes with big-car features, but they add up to something not far short of a big-car price – and that’s much too much to pay for a supermini.

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Key facts

11.8 secs
Top speed
113 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
464 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Buyers have the choice of petrol or petrol-electric hybrid versions. Both the 1.2 and the 1.3 (badged 1.4) petrols offer decent driveability, but we prefer the larger, stronger of the two.

Aided by its electric motor, the hybrid is the most powerful Jazz, although performance is hampered by its automatic gearbox.

All versions can top 50mpg, but for maximum economy, check out the hybrid – it can manage more than 60mpg. That said, it’s far more expensive than many more economical diesel superminis, so it’s tough to recommend.

Many buyers will want an automatic gearbox, and that’s available in the form of a continuously variable transmission. It’s standard on the hybrid model and an option on the 1.3-litre versions.

While the Jazz isn’t as good as other superminis, it should be very reliable. It’s also more practical than most rivals, with particularly clever boot and rear seating set-ups.

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