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 92% 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.

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Honda Jazz review.

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

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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

92%

Real MPG

38–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

326

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Can you recommend a Ford Fusion replacement?
"My trusty and much loved Ford Fusion, as of this morning, is no more so I’m now looking for something similar as a replacement. Whilst annual mileage will be low (around 7,000) and mostly used locally for short distances in a rural location (narrow roads/hills) every couple of months I make a 500-mile round trip to look after grandchildren and disabled son. It will also be used as a second car for my husband (6’4” with dodgy knees!). I therefore need headroom plus decent space in the back and a boot that can accommodate the odd bike/scooter plus shopping etc. As I’m in my senior years I appreciate comfort, good visibility, reliability and easy handling. Air con is a welcome luxury. I have always tended to go for older cars with lower mileage and my budget is around £4,000. "
I think your best bet will be a Honda Jazz. It has an excellent reputation for reliability and the elevated driving position will be similar to that of your Ford Fusion. The Jazz also has a 'magic seats' system that lets you fold and flip the rear seats to accommodate things like a bike.
Answered by Dan Powell
Should I buy a catalytic converter lock?
"Should I protect my 2015 Honda Jazz with catalytic converter lock/protective shield?"
Catalytic converter locks are available from under £200 and are an effective deterrent against thefts. If you live in an area where this is a regular occurrence or know that neighbours have suffered thefts it may well be worth investing.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Can you recommend a hatchback with an easy access boot?
"My wife wants to change her car. she needs a 'flat' boot like the Ford B-max she currently has. Can you recommend a similar small or smaller hatchback without a 'lip' that she has to lift shopping etc over?. Plus the sliding doors are very heavy and difficult for her to open."
Take a look at the Honda Jazz. There's a very small lip for lifting items over but access is pretty low to the ground. The rear seats can be dropped flat or their bases can be flipped up to provide space for tall items. It's a very versatile little car and was voted the most practical car by car owners in the latest Honest John Satisfaction Index. See our full guide to practical cars here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/most-practical-cars/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which reliable, small used car should I buy?
"I am in South Africa and for the equivalent of around £5,000 I have narrowed down my used car choices to a Honda Jazz Mark 2, Mk 7 Fiesta 1.4/1.6 and first gen Hyundai i20 (mileage in the range of 50,000 to 75,000 for all). I'm looking to get at least 5 years hassle-free use out of the car and I do about 10,000 miles a year. Would be a plus if the car is good to drive. For the equivalent mileage, the Jazz is generally a bit pricier here than the other two options, but would consider paying more if it's worth it. "
The Jazz is more expensive in the UK, too, but would generally be considered the most reliable car of the three you mention. It's fun to drive, especially if you go for the manual gearbox, which has a slick, precise feel. We have a list of all the issues we're aware of on each car. Jazz: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/jazz-2014/good Fiesta: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/fiesta-2013/good i20: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/hyundai/i20-2009/good
Answered by Russell Campbell
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