What kind of chemistry do you have with your car? Love it? Loathe it? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks

Honda Jazz (2001–2008)

Last updated 30 April 2019

Clever interior redefined the small car. Most space efficient small car built. Very reliable first 3 - 4 years.
Manuals can suffer transmission bearing wear. Eight plugs and coils of iDSI engine add up to £800. Suspension harsh.
Updated 30 April 2019

Manual transmission bearing noise reported in recently purchased 2005 Honda Jazz at 88,000 miles.

Read more


The Honda Jazz was Japanese Car of the Year 2001 and remained the best-selling car in Japan for many years, finding 20,000 new owners every month and 36,000 more on the waiting list. Its 'magic seats' interior put it ahead of the entire crop of new small cars. It still beats everything else on versatility, economy, specification and price. Just like the Model T Ford in 1909 and the Mini in 1959, it was (and still is) the right car at the right time.

Honda Jazz 2002 Road Test

Honda Jazz 2002 CVT-7 Road Test

Honda Jazz 2005 CVT-7 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Hugely Underwhelming-a disappointment.
Reliable and quiet.
Roomy and reliable.
Good small car
Reliable and economical with a superb CVT, seven speed gearbox.
List Price from £14,600
Buy new from £11,557
Contract hire from £136.28 per month

Ask Honest John

Value my car