Honda Jazz (2020) Review

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Honda Jazz (2020) At A Glance

All new Honda Jazz for 2020 includes petrol hybrid version from April 2020 and keeps its USP of rear 'Magic Seats'

Maybe we will get used to the styling in time.

The 2020 Honda Jazz 'e:HEV' reverts to petrol electric hybrid as previously available in the 2nd generation Jazz from 2008 - 2012. On sale in the UK from 2020.

It retains the Jazz Unique Selling Proposition of rear 'Magic Seats' which, by virtue of the fuel tank being located under the driver and front passenger seats, fold flat giving a low load deck, while the squabs can be folded upwards to create a deep space in the centre of the car.

Front and rear seats have been improved to provide more support on long journeys, while narrower windscreen pillars provides a better view of the road ahead and gives the cabin an airy feel.

The interior resembles the tech-heavy cabin of the Honda e, with a new LCD touchscreen offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both available via a wireless connection. There’s also a WiFi hotspot built into the car while a smartphone-style display provides access to a number of apps.

The powertrain is a scaled down version of the “Intelligent Multi Mode Drive" (i-MMD) system used in the CR-V Hybrid. It employs an Atkinson cycle petrol engine combined with an electric motor.

There are three drive modes: In hybrid drive the petrol engine drives an electric generator that then sends current to an electric propulsion motor that drives the wheels. Or, in EV mode, the 1 kWh Lithium Ion battery drives the wheels directly. Or, if you put your foot down, a clutch locks up between the electric generator and propulsion motor so drive is fed directly to the wheels. The i-MMD switches between these three drive cycles as necessary.

Normally at up to 25mph, drive is 82% EV and 18% hybrid. Between 25mph and 50mph it’s 50% EV, 16% hybrid and 34% petrol motor. From 50mph to 75mph it’s 23% EV, 16% hybrid and 61% petrol motor. Over 75mph, except on long descents, it’s mostly all petrol motor.

The crossover model of the 2020 Jazz, badged the Crosstar, is intended to appeal to a younger audience who want to convey a more outdoorsy image. It features increased ride height, a bespoke front grille, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.

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I don't cover a lot of miles, is a hybrid car the right choice?
My wife and I drive 1000 miles a year between us. Should we buy the new Honda Jazz hybrid?
Yes, a hybrid Jazz would be a good option for low miles. Even better, if you can charge a car at home, an electric or plug-in hybrid car could work well.
Answered by Andrew Brady
When will the Honda Jazz review be available?
When will you be road testing and reviewing the 2020 Honda Jazz hybrid models and the Honda E? They are available in Honda showrooms but we can't test drive in Wales due to COVID-19 restrictions. There appears to be no real life experience test reviews on these models available to the public at the moment.
We've covered the Honda E here: We've driven the new Honda Jazz this week. Reviews will be appearing from next week.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a small, comfortable car for a driver with severe arthritis?
We run a petrol Audi A1 and now need a comparable small car - which my wife can use. She has severe hip arthritis. What would you recommend we consider?
It reads like you need a car with a raised seating position, comfortable suspension and wide opening doors. I'd recommend the Toyota C-HR: You might want to consider the Honda Jazz, too. It isn't a crossover (and doesn't sit as high as from the road) but access is a lot easier than your current Audi A1. The Honda also has excellent suspension and seats for comfort:
Answered by Dan Powell
Are there any small cars with a decent automatic gearbox?
Kia appear to have dropped your recommended Picanto automatic from their range. Hyundai's i10 has joined the dark side with a horrible automated manual. Is there a small car available now with a decent automatic gearbox?
I'm not a fan of the latest Hyundai i10 auto, either. I'd probably go with the Honda Jazz with the CVT auto: Or buy a nearly new Kia Picanto auto:
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Honda Jazz (2020) cost?

Contract hire from £137.86 per month
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