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What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For It has lots of equipment; a former JD Power survey winner

Against Just about everything else. It's not even cheap

Verdict Even if you can find one, just don't bother

Go for… 1.3i

Avoid… SEs

Honda Logo Hatchback
  • 1. The base car is extremely well equipped for a supermini
  • 2. A car fitted with the optional CVT gearbox is considerably slower than the manual, so steer clear
  • 3. Honda only sold a few thousand Logos, so these days, they're extremely rare
  • 4. The cabin is dated, uncomfortable and cramped; it feels cheap, too
  • 5. The engine is just about adequate around town, but it will deafen you on the motorway
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Honda Logo Hatchback full review with expert trade views

The Honda Logo was released in this country purely so that British buyers could get used to the idea of a Honda supermini in advance of the Jazz's arrival in 2002.

As such, the car was only on sale in the UK for a little over a year, and Honda was lucky that it didn't scare off buyers for good. Designed and built for the Japanese market, it is woeful compared with European rivals. Honda only sold a few thousand, so these days, Logos are extremely rare.

On the plus side, it's well equipped, but that's about it for good news. The build quality is nowhere near Honda's usual standard, the cabin is dated, uncomfortable and cramped, and it feels cheap. Doors shut with a nasty clang.

It's awful to drive, too. The handling is terrible, the ride abysmal and it's noisy in almost any situation. It was just as well for Honda that its next bash at a supermini was much better.

Trade view

John Owen

Ultra-rare town car; you'll be lucky to see one

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

If you really want a Logo, your biggest problem will be finding one, as very few were sold in the short time it was on sale.

Keeping the choice even more limited, there's only one engine, a 64bhp 1.3-litre petrol. Performance is far from electrifying, and cars fitted with the optional CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox are slower still.

There's just about enough power to plod around town, but on the motorway, the hard-working engine will do its best to deafen you. It does offer reasonable fuel economy, however.

The base car was extremely well equipped for a supermini, but then again, with a price of almost £9000 when it was new, it needed to be. Buyers get creature comforts including power steering, air-con, remote central locking, electric windows, a CD player and seat height adjustment.

There was an SE version, too, but this provided only pointless extra equipment such as a rev counter, white-faced dials, an LCD odometer and a three-spoke steering wheel. So, in the unlikley event you're faced with a choice, just go for the basic car.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Rarity in the market and it is the 1.3 SE that gets all the attention

James Ruppert
Used car guru

Residual values are horrific, so used examples have lost much of their value. However, the car was so expensive to start with, that it can still be no cheaper to pick up used than the average mainstream supermini of the same age.

You'll get reasonable fuel economy, though. The Logo's figure of 44.1mpg is about average for the class, and even the CVT version returns near enough the same decent figure.

Whichever version of the Logo you buy, be it a Standard or an SE, a manual or a CVT, you'll pay a lowly group 3 premium to insure it.

Servicing can be expensive, though. As a premium brand, Honda dealers aren't amazingly cheap when it comes to hourly labour rates, and the rarity of some parts will make them expensive.

Trade view

John Owen

Ultra-rare town car; you'll be lucky to see one

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

Having only been on sale for a year, not many cars are as rare as the Honda Logo. With so few examples, there simply isn't enough data to give an accurate indication of its reliability. We can't really be confident about which bits are most likely to go wrong, either.

Still, Honda's excellent reputation for reliability should provide some peace of mind for buyers. In our regular reliability surveys, Honda is never far from the top of the table, and the Japanese firm has even won it outright in the past.

Also, the Logo is one of the few cars to be voted the overall winner in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey. This all happened a few years ago, but it shows that people who paid £9000 for the car and used it on a daily basis were happy with their purchase.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Rarity in the market and it is the 1.3 SE that gets all the attention

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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