2020 Honda Jazz small car revealed: price, specs and release date

Honda Jazz will be available as a hybrid only, and gets a futuristic interior with digital instruments, plus better safety features...

Honda Jazz front

Like Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker and Clark Kent, the Honda Jazz has a superpower up its sleeve. That power is practicality, because no other small hatchback can match the versatility and space of this humble Honda. If you have a lot of luggage to move and regularly need to fill all five seats, it’s your best bet in this class.

And yet, like Superman’s Kryptonite, the Jazz also has weaknesses, and those are that it’s not as good to drive or as refined as rivals including the big-selling Ford Fiesta and class-leading Volkswagen Polo. And those are among the things that Honda is looking to improve with this all-new model.

Featuring design elements shared with the upcoming Honda E electric car, including prominent LED lights, a thin grille and slim windscreen pillars, the fourth-generation Jazz will also be available as a new 'Crosstar' model, which gets plastic body cladding around its lower edges, a raised ride height, roof rails and water-resistant interior upholstery to appeal to buyers wanting a small hatchback with SUV-esque looks.

Honda Jazz interior

2020 Honda Jazz engines and interior

The new Jazz will be available as a hybrid only, using the same dual-electric motor setup as the current CR-V Hybrid SUV. The specifics of this system are yet to be confirmed, but the motors are likely to be paired with either a 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre petrol engine. 

Inside, the new Jazz gets a digital instrument display and a larger infotainment touchscreen than before. The new system features better graphics and connectivity than that which it replaces and also brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring.

This Jazz retains the ‘Magic Seats’ that have given previous models their class-leading practicality. These rear seats can fold down to increase boot space or flip up to allow bigger items to be loaded into the rear of the car. The front seats are said to be more comfortable for longer journeys than before, too.

Honda Jazz rear seats

2020 Honda Jazz safety and price

Honda’s suite of safety technology now includes adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance, as well as an automatic emergency braking system that can detect cyclists and pedestrians at night.

Prices won’t be announced until closer to the new car’s launch, but it’s expected to cost around £15,500 - a modest increase on today’s starting price of £14,760. That means the new Jazz will still be cheaper than the Fiesta but more expensive than the Polo. 

The new Jazz also has a reputation for reliability to uphold – in our most recent Reliability Survey, the current model came second in its class behind only the Suzuki Celerio, while Honda as a brand finished 10th out of 31.

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The best and worst small cars

Does the new Jazz have you thinking about a new small car? If so, you'll want to know which are worth your time and which don't deserve a place on your shortlist. Well, below and over the next few pages we've sorted the wheat from the chaff in this most competitive of classes. You might even spot a familiar face in ninth position.

10. Mini 3dr

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Mini 3dr

Although the Mini 3dr doesn’t quite have 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. Go for the 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Cooper for the best experience. 

9. Honda Jazz

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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.

8. Mini 5dr

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Mini 5dr

This version of the Mini hatchback will suit you better if you regularly need to fill all of its seats. Again, go for the 1.5-litre petrol-engined Cooper version and team it with Classic trim and you'll have most bases covered, leaving you to select a few choice options.

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