What alternatives should I consider to a used Honda Jazz hatchback?
As we said at the beginning, the Jazz sits in a class more or less on its own, bridging the gap between a small car and a mini-MPV, while also competing with some of the more modern small SUVs.
Its most direct modern rivals are small cars like the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia, but if you're shopping for an older and cheaper version of this generation of Jazz you could also include mini-MPVs like the Citroën C3 Picasso (and the later, post-2017 small SUV version known as the Citroen C3 Aircross) and the Nissan Note.
Of these rivals, the Fiesta is fun to drive, with a good driving position and spirited handling. On the minus side, it’s not as big inside as the Jazz and its boot is much smaller.
The Fabia has plenty of space, handles well and has an excellent infotainment set-up. However, its ride is unsettled, and its interior could be of better quality.
The cuboid C3 Picasso is spacious and has a large boot. It also rides well and is reasonably refined with a petrol engine. However, the diesel version is noisy, and some rivals look better value. The C3 Aircross is a more modern small SUV take on the old Picasso, and is better to drive than the old car and comes with funky styling and a flexible interior.
The Nissan Note has been on sale for some time now, and now feels a little dated in most areas, especially in refinement, although its interior is spacious and it should be cheap to run.