2021 Honda Jazz Review

5/5

Overview

This is the fourth generation of the Honda Jazz and if previous incarnations are anything to go by then it will be no great leap of faith to say that it is extremely roomy, versatile and ridiculously reliable too. But just to ‘Jazz’ things up a bit, the new version has a brand new hybrid powertrain across the range.

Pros
  • Extensive list of standard equipment
  • Futuristic interior design
  • Typical Honda pedigree and reliability
  • Grippy handling
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Instrument cluster a bit cluttered

Exterior

While the body of the Jazz is a bit longer than the previous model it is still not massive for a car in this class, which makes the space inside all the more impressive. The fuel tank remains under the front seats which allows for far more space in the rear than you might expect. An unusual addition to the pack is the optional ‘Crosstar’ trim that includes raised suspension, plastic lower-body cladding, roof rails and a specially tailored interior that includes water-repellant seat fabric. Ideal for those who enjoy outdoor living. 

Interior

The new Jazz is altogether more appealing inside than the old version while remaining extremely versatile. The dash display is clean, uncluttered and ergonomically excellent. It is also quite futuristic, invoking elements of the Honda e in its design. For a small car the Jazz is incredibly roomy with excellent rear leg and headroom. There are plenty of handy cubby-holes, USB ports and stowage spaces including two gloveboxes. The central screen is better than the driver’s one. It looks decent and runs phone mirroring, as well as some neatly designed built-in apps. Top specs get a Garmin-derived satnav.

Performance

For town driving the engine is off most of the time and as such starting and stopping is virtually seamless. Acceleration is not bad at all for such an economical petrol car with 0-100 kilometers per hour clocking in at around 9.5 seconds.

Reliability

Honda’s reliability record is second-no-none and all models come with a three year, 90,000 mile warranty. 

Running Costs

It certainly delivers in this respect with the hybrid system capable of delivering at least 50 miles per gallon, even on motorway driving. If you stick to single carriageways or city driving then upwards of 60 miles per gallon is eminently achievable. Honda’s residuals are extremely high and their dealers do competitive PCP/finance options. 

Handling

Although the new Jazz feels secure and planted on the road, it gently encourages you to take corners at ease. The taller Crosstar is nicer still with its steering response somehow more natural. 

Safety

The Jazz comes with a range of standard safety equipment that includes vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane centering, radar cruise, road-edge sensing and LED headlamps plus no less than are 10 airbags.

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

This is the fourth generation of the Honda Jazz and if previous incarnations are anything to go by then it will be no great leap of faith to say that it is extremely roomy, versatile and ridiculously reliable too. But just to ‘Jazz’ things up a bit, the new version has a brand new hybrid powertrain across the range.