Honda Jazz (2015 – 2020) Review

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Honda Jazz (2015 – 2020) At A Glance

4/5

+Unrivalled practicality and versatility. Plenty of room for four adults to travel in comfort. Surprisingly fun to drive, especially 1.5iVTEC Sport model.

-Only two engine choices: both naturally-aspirated petrol. Irritating infotainment system with no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Production of 1.5iVTEC Sport ended in May 2019.

On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

The Honda Jazz is something of an unsung hero among small hatches. Unfairly derided for its sensible image and traditionally more 'mature' owner - the average buyer age is over 60 - the Jazz has never quite had the appeal of the likes of the Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta. But maybe this third generation Jazz - complete with a Sport model - is finally changing that.

This Jazz takes all the strengths of its predecessor - namely clever packing, an incredibly practical interior and Tardis-like amounts of space - and builds on them to create one of the best small hatches on sale.

It does of course retain Honda's ingenious 'magic seats' that fold and flip in various configurations to allow you to carry surprisingly large items - like plants, upright vacuum cleaners and bikes. Yet there's even more interior room, a larger boot and plenty of clever little touches to make everyday life easier. In fact, it has the room and versatility to shame much larger cars.

It has the feel of a much bigger car on the motorway too, with high comfort levels and a relaxed nature. Honda has managed to make the Jazz much better in corners too, with lots of grip and nicely weighted steering. There have also been big improvements to the interior quality and finish, while this Jazz is also one of the most refined small cars around with little road noise and a superbly forgiving ride.

Most Jazz models are powered by a 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which does lack low down response as it's not turbocharged. But it has more than enough power for the little Jazz and is very quiet. It also works very well with both the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT automatic.

Since 2018, Jazz buyers have also been able to opt for a 1.5-litre petrol engine in Sport trim. A clear attempt to attract younger buyers, the Sport features a red stripe on the front, sporty side skirts and a rear spoiler. Gloss black 16-inch alloys are standard, while orange stitching adds a touch of sportiness to the interior.

Like the 1.3, the 1.5 is a naturally-aspirated engine. This means it needs to be worked hard compared to turbocharged rivals, but enthusiastic drivers might enjoy building the revs. Indeed, the Jazz Sport is a surprisingly fun car to drive, as long as you're not expecting instant thrills.

The one thing the Jazz is not is cheap. New prices start north of £14,000 for the entry S model which is decently equipped, but an SE model with the CVT gearbox will set you back close to £17,000. At £17,280, the Sport model undercuts rivals like the 140PS Ford Fiesta ST-Line and 150PS Seat Ibiza FR, but we suspect the target audience would rather pay a premium for the extra performance - not to mention stronger image - of rivals.

But the Jazz is well equipped for that money and comes with pretty much all the extras you will ever need. Add in its big car feel along with a high quality finish and the Honda starts to justify its higher price tag. Plus of course no other small car offers as much interior space and practicality as the Jazz - helped by its clever 'magic seats'. It's simply the most versatile small car on sale and one that's easy to recommend.

Honda Jazz 2015 UK Road Test 

Honda Jazz 1.5 i-VTEC Sport 2018 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Honda Jazz (2015 – 2020)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

91%

Real MPG

37–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

304

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I need a small and economical car for the ULEZ, what should I buy?
"I have a Citroen Berlingo Multispace which won't pass the ULEZ emissions standard. I would like to get another Citroen van but am finding that they have become very popular and are out of my price range. Time is running short and I am a sole trader and I need a vehicle that is practical. I have decided to wait until hopefully bigger cars become less popular and have decided to go small in the meantime. Can you advise on a small economical car that is good for long journeys?"
Honda Jazz. It has a very good reputation for reliability and its flip and fold magic rear seat system will give you lots of practicality. What's more, the 1.2i petrol returns 49mpg on the road: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/honda/jazz-2008
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Best used car for bikes and children?
"What car would you recommend for a short commute and to carry a toddler and a bike? It would be a second car but will need to be able to drop my three-year-old off at nursery and commute a part of my way to work before cycling the rest of the way. My budget is up to £4500. "
At this price point, I'd go with a Honda Jazz. It has a very good reputation for reliability and features a magic seat system that lets you flip and fold the rear seats to accommodate something bulky like a bike: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/jazz-2014/
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My car has barely moved since the last service. Do you think it really needs a full service?
"My 2015 Honda Jazz automatic has only done 41 miles since its last full service. It is due next month along with the MOT. Do you think it needs another service after 41 miles in 12 months? I look forward to your reply and thank you in anticipation."
If your car has been parked up for 12 months outside then I would argue that the annual service is more important than ever before. The tyres may have suffered UV damage and started to crack/perish, the brake fluid could have become contaminated by moisture or there may be a fluid leak that needs addressing. Cars are not designed to be left standing for long periods. I would consider the service a must, especially if you plan to start driving longer distances in 2021/22.
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Should I buy a five year old car with high mileage?
"I'm considering buying a 2016 Honda Jazz. It's the top of the range model with two previous owners and a full service history (mostly Honda. I viewed it online and the car seems in very good condition, however, it has done 126,000 miles. The price is £5000. The dealer is unable to say for sure if the mileage is mostly motorway but doubts that this kind of mileage can be put down to just town driving. He offered just one month's warranty. Is it a risk to buy a car of that age with such high mileage and, if so, should I buy an extended warranty? I have owned two Jazzes so I know all about their reliability and longevity. "
The Honda Jazz is a very good car and there's no reason to be afraid of high-mileage models, so long as there is a comprehensive service history to show it has been well-kept. However, the dealer's one month warranty is ridiculous as it suggests there is something here that the dealer isn't telling you because he/she clearly has no confidence in the car they are selling. My advice is to walk away and find another Jazz to buy. There are lots on the used market and there is no reason to take a risk.
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