Updated Honda Jazz unveiled – prices, specs and release date

Honda's practical small hatchback gets a new petrol engine and sportier looks

Words By Darren Moss

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Honda Jazz

Price Β£14,000 (est) On sale Early 2018

It's safe to say that next to fresh-faced rivals including the new Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, as well as the latest Skoda Fabia, the Honda Jazz is beginning to look a little, well, old hat. There's still plenty going for Honda's small hatchback, though, including lots of interior space and an array of standard equipment, so this lightly facelifted version could help the Jazz become more competitive.

Honda Jazz engines

New to the Jazz range with this facelift is a 1.5-litre petrol engine. With 128bhp, it's also the most powerful option available and returns a claimed 52.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 124g/km. It's available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT automatic.

Drivers can still opt for the Jazz's lower-powered 1.3-litre petrol engine, which is offered on all grades apart from the new Sport trim.

Honda Jazz space and practicality

There's no change in the Jazz's interior dimensions, meaning its official boot capacity is still 354 litres. That's no issue, though, because you can get more into a Jazz than you can in almost all of its rivals – and, thanks to its impressively flexible seats (Honda calls them magic, in fact), you should have no trouble getting bulky items inside.

Honda Jazz features

Standard equipment on the Jazz includes cruise control, automatic lights and automatic emergency braking – a key safety technology that can apply the car's brakes in an accident. More luxurious Jazz models receive Honda's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, a rear parking camera, keyless entry and start, and lane-departure warning.

Drivers who opt for the Jazz's new 1.5-litre engine also get a so-called Dynamic package, which adds a new front splitter beneath the front grille, as well as LED headlights, side skirts, a small spoiler and 16in alloy wheels – all designed to give the Jazz a sporty appearance.

Honda Jazz price and release date

The facelifted Jazz will go on sale early next year, although order books open in November. Prices haven't been revealed yet, but we'd expect a modest increase on today's starting price of Β£13,955. Honda won't want to increase that price too much, as the Jazz is already more expensive than the Fiesta and Fabia, which will cost you from Β£12,715 and Β£11,295 respectively.

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10. Honda Jazz

The Honda 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 should outlast you with its outstanding reliability. It's just a shame the ride is rather unsettled.

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9. Mazda 2

From the outset, the Mazda 2 is more expensive than most of its rivals. In terms of reliability and interior quality, though, the tiny Mazda has its rivals soundly beaten. It's good to drive, well equipped and most of its engine options are frugal – just be aware that you can get a cheaper deal elsewhere.

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8. Nissan Note

If practicality is your top priority, then few cars can match the Nissan Note. What this spacious hatchback lacks in engine refinement and classy looks, it makes up for in everyday usability. The rear seats and boot offer the sort of flexibility you'd expect from a family MPV. It's expensive to buy, though, and while all of the available engines are frugal, they're hardly powerful. Mid-range Acentra trim gets you air-con, electric rear windows and alloy wheels.

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