Is the Honda Jazz Sport going off sale?
Reader wants to buy a sporty Jazz and is concerned that the model is going out of production...
I’ve been using your website to research the market for a new Honda Jazz Sport. I’ve also been in contact with a Honda dealer in Devon.
A few days ago I was surprised and very disappointed to hear from him that Honda was stopping production of the Jazz Sport in advance of its review of the whole Jazz range in 2020.
I don’t know if this reported stoppage includes the other models in the Jazz range, but I would be interested to know whether or not it is correct. From your contacts within the car industry, can you please tell me what you know about this?
What Car? says…
We contacted Honda UK and were told that it has stopped production of the Jazz Sport.
A spokesperson stated: “Due to changes in emissions standards as a result of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) legislation, the Jazz Sport will be discontinued.
“The next-generation Jazz will make its international premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year – and it will be available with a hybrid powertrain. This product strategy is aligned to our electrification strategy which will see all cars electrified by 2025.
“However, we do still have around 700 Jazz Sport models in stock with various UK dealerships, so if your reader wants to buy one we can make it happen.”
Best small cars - and the ones to avoid
More people buy small cars than any other type of car, but these vehicles still need to excel in a number of areas to make them worth buying. Here we round up the best small cars and the one you should avoid.
The small car market is one of the most fiercely contested – great news if you're after this sort of vehicle, because it means not only that there are stacks of models to choose from, but also that standards are incredibly high.
To have a chance of topping the class, a small car must be as comfortable on the motorway as it is in the city. It must offer a decent amount of equipment, enough boot space for weekly shopping trips and an interior that's practical enough to cope with the demands of families. And it must, of course, be competitively priced.
To help you find the right small car, we've picked out our top 10 – and named the one you should avoid.
10. Mini 3dr
Although the Mini 3dr doesn’t quite match the practicality of its slightly larger 5dr sibling, it's no less worthy of making the cut in your deliberations - particularly if you’d like your small car to have a premium feel but don’t regularly need all five seats.
There’s a bewildering array of options offered for the Mini, so you can customise your car and make it truly your own. However, stick with the Cooper model which comes with an excellent 1.5-litre petrol engine and choose wisely from the optional packages and you’ll have a well-equipped and well-built small car for a reasonable outlay.
Our pick: 1.5T Cooper
9. Honda Jazz
The Jazz has long bridged the gap between small cars and mini-MPVs, and the latest version continues that tradition. It offers class-leading space and practicality, and it might even outlast you with its outstanding reliability. It's a shame that its ride is rather unsettled.
The Jazz was the first car to come with ultra-practical fold-up rear seat bases that let you create a space large enough for a pushbike or bulky flat-pack furniture.
Our pick: 1.3 i-VTEC SE
8. Mini 5dr
If you want a truly high-end small hatchback, the Mini 5dr should be on your shortlist. If you go for the Cooper version, you'll also get a great engine and all the technology you could ever want.
The Mini has a classy, tech-laden interior and plenty of personalisation options. Inside, a dinner plate sized central dial houses the infotainment screen.
Our pick: 1.5T Cooper 5dr