Honda Jazz Review | Automatic express
Honda continues to try to make Jazz superminis relevant to younger customers. The fourth-generation car aims to attract buyers interested in improved fuel economy, up-to-date connectivity and reasonable running costs. Does it succeed? Partly, yes – it’s super efficient, packed with new infotainment technology, and should hold its value well.
In contrast, the Jazz is still a square, uninspiring shape and lacks the fun factor offered by other rivals. However, the hybrid powertrain is impressive, and if practicality is your priority over style, this could be the right choice. Remember to get a good deal at the dealership on those high list prices.
About the Honda Jazz
The Honda Jazz has been around since 2002 in the UK and over the years its blend of practicality, reliability and low running costs has won a loyal group of loyal customers, who will swear by all of the aforementioned supermini features. without pretention.
All is well, but the unpretentious nature of the Jazz has made it difficult to reach customers outside the group of older buyers and prospects who have traditionally emphasized the common sense qualities of the little Honda.
The latest model introduced in 2020 is the fourth generation, and while in Japan it is available with 1.3 liter petrol or 1.5 liter petrol-hybrid, here in Europe we have so far only been offered the variant e: 1.5 liter HEV. . The move is in line with Honda’s stated intention to phase out conventional powertrains from its European lineup by 2022, so don’t hold your breath for a cheaper petrol version here.
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Honda’s i-MMD (Intelligent Multi Mode Drive) hybrid setup is similar to that used by Toyota in its rival Yaris supermini, consisting of a four-cylinder gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors, all linked to a CVT automatic transmission. Like the Toyota, and unlike the Ford Fiesta Mild Hybrid, the Honda system allows for brief periods of electric-only driving – up to a mile, in fact.
While smart hybrid tech means it’s clearly more interesting from an environmental standpoint, the Jazz still has its work cut to catch the attention of supermini buyers who want to drive something a little bit more. fun or funky. The Jazz Rivals List is an impressive roster of high-quality competitors that includes big names like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio, a trio of VW Group comrades in the VW Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Skoda Fabia, and a far cry from a motley assortment of others – the Peugeot 208, Mazda 2 and Hyundai i20 to name a few.
The Jazz comes into the fight with relatively chic styling – for a Jazz – and attractive equipment levels across three model levels, starting with the entry-level SE, through the mid-range SR, and then the top of the range EX. . The base SE car is a curious choice, as it offers kits like adaptive cruise control and automatic air conditioning, but forgoes things like alloy rims, parking sensors and smartphone connectivity. With the range starting at almost £ 19,000, that’s an odd spec. The SR trim is the sweet spot of the lineup, including all of the above and a larger 9-inch infotainment screen.
Top-of-the-line EX cars come with luxuries such as heated front seats, heated steering wheel and satellite navigation, as well as rear protection windows and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Honda also introduced the Jazz Crosstar model to sit alongside the regular five-door sedan. It features a raised ride height, body cladding, and roof rails to give it a pseudo-4×4 look, but don’t expect off-road capability. Only available in the Top EX version, it is more expensive than the classic car, less efficient and the luggage capacity is also reduced by six liters. In our opinion, it is out of step with the general ethic of Jazz and will do little to generate much needed sales.