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What is it?
The Honda Jazz is a supermini that majors on space, practicality and a generous amount of equipment. Its huge interior means it straddles two segments – the aforementioned supermini class and also the mini-MPV sector, as it’s big enough inside to compete with larger, roomier cars.
What is the Honda Jazz like to drive?
Light steering and an upright driving position make the Jazz very easy to drive. The ride is comfortable and it’s great for nipping around town but it’s also happy enough on A-roads and the motorway at higher speeds.
What engines are available?
Simplicity is the name of the game with the Jazz so there’s only one engine available: a 102hp 1.3-litre petrol. It comes with either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox.
What are the key standard features of the Honda Jazz?
The entry-level S model comes with 15in steel wheels, cruise control and a speed limiter, a stop-start system, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, USB and aux connections, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, all-round electric windows, electric door mirrors, LED daytime running lights.
- SE adds 15in alloys, an extra USB and an HDMI socket, front and rear parking sensors, heated and electrically retractable door mirrors, auto dimming headlights.
- SE Navi includes sat nav.
- EX adds two more audio speakers, 16in alloys, automatic air conditioning, a rear-view camera, one-touch electric windows, privacy glass, front fog lights and a leather steering wheel and gear knob, while EX Navi throws in sat nav.
What are the key options?
The Jazz comes with a series of styling packs to make it look sportier or more stylish depending on the sort of appearance you want. There’s also a choice of different wheels and several individual trim options to smarten up smaller areas.
How spacious is the Honda Jazz?
Space and practicality are arguably the Jazz’s strongest suits. There’s incredible amount of room in the back and Honda’s ‘Magic Seat’ system means you can fold the rear seats completely flat or quickly flip the bases up if you want to carry bulky loads in the back footwells. The Honda’s boot is also large for the class at 354 litres. Fold the rear seats down and the luggage space expands to 884 litres.
What will it cost to run?
The small petrol engine means the Jazz is very cheap to run. Go for the manual gearbox and emissions start at 116g/km of CO2, which puts it in the 18% benefit in kind tax band. Manual versions with larger wheels emit up to 120g/km so they’re one band higher at 19%. Automatic models are actually a little cleaner and cheaper to run, starting at 106g/km for the 16% band and rising to the 17% band at 114g/km.
What safety features does it have?
The Jazz is impressively safe for a small car, as every model comes with six airbags, a city safe emergency braking system that automatically stops the car if it senses an impending collision, stability control and hill start assist.
The alternatives include the Hyundai i20, Nissan Note, Ford B-max, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, VW Polo, Peugeot 2008 and Peugeot 208.