Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
You don't need to worry about choosing an engine for the Honda Jazz because there’s only one: a 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid. With a total of 97bhp, it allows it to accelerate quicker than our favourite Volkswagen Polo (the 1.0 TSI 95), getting from 0-60mph in a respectable 8.6sec in our tests.
The Jazz is a regular hybrid, so there’s no need to plug it in and charge up, but that also means you can’t go very far on electric power alone.
The Jazz is not particularly fun to drive (it’s definitely not in the same league as the Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza), but it’s safe and predictable, and perfectly pleasant to steer around at moderate speeds.
It doesn't give you a huge amount of grip and, with a body that's unusually tall for a small car, the Jazz leans more than many rivals through corners – but never in an alarming way. That said, the off-road-inspired Crosstar is worse, with softer suspension and a higher stance that make it less willing to execute quick direction changes.