Honda Jazz (2015 – 2020) Review

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

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.

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Average performance

91%

Real MPG

38–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

290

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Should I get a Honda Jazz or Ford Fiesta?
"I've narrowed my search down to a Ford Fiesta 1.0 turboboost or Honda Jazz 1.33. Both are 2016 models with just under 20,000 miles on the clock. I intend to run the car for 10 years and add a further 70,000 miles to the clock in that time. I prefer the Fiesta for driving and refinement. However, I worry about reliability so that makes me lean towards the Jazz. Any advice would be greatly appreciated."
Both great cars but you're right that the Jazz has a better reliability record. Ford's EcoBoost engines can be problematic, but we're certainly seeing fewer reports of issues with later models. With regular servicing, it shouldn't cost a great deal to run – there are many, many happy Fiesta owners out there. See here for common Jazz issues: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/jazz-2014/ And Fiesta issues: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/fiesta-2013/good As a compromise, would you consider a Fiesta with the 1.25-litre engine? It's not as punchy as the 1.0-litre EcoBoost but it'll prove to be very reliable.
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Should I swap my Vauxhall Corsa for a Kia Rio?
"I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some point, new brake pads. I had to have the timing chain replaced last year, which wasn't cheap and a few other things - so I was looking at a new car. A few people said to get a Kia and I've seen a 2017 Kia Rio for £8999 - but I don't know if that's a good price/good car. The Kia Sportage looks a good car but I don't really need such a big vehicle and would need to get an older model to afford one. What do you think? Thanks."
The Kia Rio's a good little car. It'll be a bit more spacious than your Corsa and, as you've said, will come with a lengthy amount of warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also consider the very similar Hyundai i20 or, if practicality's important, a Honda Jazz is also a good choice. The Kia Sportage is a great car but, as you say, quite a bit bigger than your Corsa or a Kia Rio. If a slightly bigger crossover vehicle appeals, consider a Suzuki Vitara. It's a bit smaller than a Sportage and will be very reliable and cheap to run.
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When did last non-hybrid petrol Honda Jazz go on sale?
"When did last non-hybrid petrol Honda Jazz go on sale? "
The Jazz became hybrid-only in early 2020. There are still some non-hybrid as-new pre-registered examples with delivery miles available: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Honda/Jazz/?age=1&fuel=
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Can you suggest an automatic car that handles potholes well?
"Due to a painful left knee, I need an automatic car. I currently drive a Kia Venga and I like the high driving position, although my husband says it’s too harsh over bumps, potholes etc. Can you suggest any cars, please? I have approximately £10,000 and the resale value on my 2010 Venga. Kind regards."
We'd recommend a Citroen C3 Aircross. It's a crossover SUV with a soft, comfortable ride and reliable torque-converter automatic gearbox. Also, consider a Suzuki Vitara or, if you don't want a crossover SUV, a Honda Jazz.
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What does a Honda Jazz (2015 – 2020) cost?