What Car? says...
The Honda Jazz is one of those cars that – like contestants on Britain’s Got Talent – are gifted in various ways but have so far not had the universal adoration they perhaps deserve.
While the model has always stood out for its practical interior and reputation for unimpeachable reliability, it has never really hit the heady sales heights of some of its more conventional small car rivals.
Yes, it should be. In the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey it finished second out of the small cars that are currently on sale new. Honda came 12th out of 32 car makers in the same survey.
It's not available as an electric car but every version has hybrid car tech. That means there’s a small motor working alongside the car’s 1.5-litre petrol engine, allowing the Jazz to travel short distances on electric power. As a result, your fuel bills should be lower than with a regular petrol-engined car.
There’s only one engine option in the Jazz, but thankfully it’s a corker. The Jazz’s hybrid setup means you can make swift progress on city streets, and the system does a good job of switching seamlessly between petrol and electric power. We’d opt for mid-range SR trim, which gets you useful equipment including rear parking sensors for a reasonable price.
SE is the entry-level trim, so it's cheaper than SR but not as well equipped. Still, it comes with automatic lights and wipers, climate control and adaptive cruise control. We think it's worth paying extra for SR to get some useful extra kit, including part-leather seats.
Entry-level versions get a basic 5.0in colour screen, but SR trim gets you a 9.0in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Top-spec EX models get built in sat-nav too. Sadly, the Honda software isn't very good, and is sometimes slow to respond to your inputs.
By the standards of the small car class, the Jazz has a big boot with a capacity of 304 litres. We managed to fit in five carry-on suitcases during our tests – although it’s worth noting that the rival Seat Ibiza and Skoda Scala can carry even more. You can fold down the rear seats to liberate extra space.
|RRP price range||£21,790 - £28,170|
|Number of trims (see all)||8|
|Number of engines (see all)||2|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||58.9 - 62.8|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,035 / £1,397|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,070 / £2,794|