The Jazz is expensive, but it does come with a lot of equipment as standard. In any case, considering most small cars are bought on finance, the difference in monthly costs should be slight. The Jazz also enjoys strong residual values, while its insurance and servicing costs are competitive.
However, company car drivers might want to consider a cleaner rival because the Jazz’s one engine isn’t particularly attractive in terms of its CO2 emissions. Also, because it’s naturally aspirated rather than turbocharged, it needs a heavy right foot to make decent process, which hurts fuel economy.
Honda Jazz equipment
An excellent level of standard equipment on every model
Entry-level S versions go without alloy wheels but do get DAB radio, Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers, electric mirrors, air-con and cruise control. However, we recommend upgrading to SE trim which brings 15in alloy wheels, the Connect infotainment system, parking sensors front and rear, and an alarm, for not a great deal more money.
Sat-nav is available on SE Nav, which costs a not inconsiderable £600 more than SE. EX cars feature luxuries such as climate control, and keyless entry and start, but we’d save the money and stick with SE.
Honda Jazz reliability
Honda and the Jazz are consistently strong in this area
Few manufacturers can boast Honda’s impeccable reliability record or its reputation for customer satisfaction. Purely on reliability, its cars chart mid-table in the latest JD Power survey but in our own reliability assessment, they are top out of 37 manufacturers. The Jazz itself is decently reliable, achieving an above average score in the latest JD Power survey.
Every Honda comes with a three-year warranty as standard, as well as a five-year exhaust warranty. Structural corrosion is warranted for 12 years and chassis corrosion for 10. However, the market leader in this area is Kia, which offers an industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Honda offers up to three years of additional mechanical cover but if you’re financing a Jazz on a three-year PCP and intend to replace it at the end of the term, only subsequent owners will benefit.
Honda Jazz safety & security
Lots of modern safety tech as standard
The Jazz comes with a very impressive list of safety equipment as standard, including city braking. SE and EX models have more advanced features such as forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter and lane departure warning. Thanks to these, the Jazz was awarded full marks by Euro NCAP, the safety research organization.
Thatcham, which tests vehicle security, awarded the Jazz good marks for its resistance to being driven away, but only average marks for its ability to keep thieves out in the first place.
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Entry-level S trim gets all the essentials, although we advise spending a little more on the generously equipped SE. The S has 15in steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, USB and aux connections, Bluetooth, air-con, cruise control, city braking technology, and automatic lights and wipers.
Our pick SE
Our pick of the range is not a lot more expensive than S trim, but adds 15in alloy wheels, Honda’s 7.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, another USB connection, an alarm, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.
This is the one to buy if you want integral navigation. It adds a sat-nav function to the SE’s 7.0in colour touchscreen, but costs around £600 more.
This trim comes stacked with equipment, but we’d recommend sticking to SE and saving some cash. For the record, EX brings larger 16in alloy wheels, foglights, rear privacy glass, a leather gearlever and steering wheel, a parking camera, climate control, and keyless entry and start.
The range-topper adds a sat-nav function to the EX’s 7.0in colour touchscreen but unless you must have every last gadget, it’s not really worth choosing.