Honda Jazz (2015) Review

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Honda Jazz (2015) At A Glance

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)

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

38–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

271

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ASK HJ

Can you recommend a car with a smooth ride?
I want an automatic car with a smooth ride. I'm disabled and need luxury automatic. What do you recommend? I have £3000 to £5000 to spend. I've thought about an older Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Any recommendations? Thanks for your time.
Avoid old luxury cars. Your budget will get you an S-Class that's over 15 years old. These will be worn out and in need of significant money and maintenance to keep them on the road. I think you'd be buying into a whole heap of trouble. You'd be better off with something newer and more affordable. The Honda Jazz 1.3 CVT automatic petrol would be my recommendation. It's reliable, comfortable and has a raised driving position that will make access easy.
Answered by Dan Powell
How do I prevent cat converter theft?
Is my 2019 Honda Jazz Sport vulnerable to having its catalytic converter stolen?
In reality, all cars are vulnerable if the cat converter is easy to reach. Easily recognisable hybrids are more prone to theft, so a Prius or RAV4 - for example - are more at risk than your Jazz. But there are preventative steps you can take if you're concerned, including getting a cat converter lock device fitted. You can see our advice here: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/top-tens/top-10-ways-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft/
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Which car should I get for a short commute?
I have a short commute to work, however, once a month I drive to Devon (about 250 miles) and also to Scarborough (about 300 miles). I'd like some comfort and to be higher than an average car. It would also need to be an automatic. I have a budget of £10,000. What should I get? I currently have a Toyota Yaris.
Honda Jazz CVT 1.3 petrol would be my key recommendation. It has a very good reputation for reliability and sits higher from the road than your Yaris and £10,000 will get you 2018 model: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Honda/Jazz/?l=0&p2=10000&s=PriceDesc
Answered by Dan Powell
I want a premium, comfortable car. What do you suggest?
I'm thinking about going down to one car. I'm selling my 2004 Jaguar S-Type and my 2016 Honda Jazz. I'm considering a secondhand Jaguar F-Pace. I want something comfortable with a decent suspension as the roads are so bad, as well as all the bells and whistles. What do you think? Thanks.
I'd recommend the Lexus NX; it was rated as the best SUV for comfort, in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/top-10-most-comfortable-cars
Answered by Dan Powell

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