If you want a sensible, comfortable and practical small car, for nearly two decades the Honda Jazz has been a brilliant choice.
But this latest fourth-generation Jazz is arguably the boldest yet – featuring a more distinctive kei car-like design, mandatory hybrid powertrains and an overhauled interior.
And for the first time you’re now able to get it as a more rugged-looking styling to this supermini – in a similar vein to the Ford Fiesta Active and Audi A1 Citycarver. While gaining no extra off-roading ability, it brings the all-important crossover looks to the Jazz, and hopefully swaying loyal Honda customers away into other brands or into the firm’s own HR-V SUV. But is it worth considering?
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- The Honda Jazz has been an Honest John favourite ever since the original model arrived in 2001, with its big-car versatility, low running costs and a reputation for reliability. It’s a car that’s always been popular with the older generation but the latest model, launched in 2020, ought to have a broader appeal.
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On the latest Jazz, there’s only one powertrain choice – a 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid system. So alongside the engine itself, it’s mated to two electric motors, and can drive for much longer on electricity than a typical ‘self-charging’ system, and it means that when driving around town, it’s a lot like being in an EV. It’s mated to a new e-CVT automatic gearbox, which is largely smooth, but certainly doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But despite the system generating a modest 96bhp and 131Nm of torque, it can reach 60mph in 9.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 107mph – granted that’s half a second slower to a national speed limit than the standard Jazz.
Ride and handling
Hybrids are never known for being particularly fun to drive, but the Jazz is undoubtedly up there as one of the most enjoyable. The performance is brisk and if you need a sudden burst of acceleration, it’s quicker than you would expect.
But the Jazz remains at its best when driven leisurely, where you can appreciate its comfortable ride – and as the ride height has been raised by 16mm next to the standard car, you sit ever so slightly higher off the ground. Thanks to slim pillars and plenty of glass, visibility is also fantastic, and arguably one of the Jazz’s best traits.
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Interior and equipment
Honda has aimed to inject a bit of extra flair into the Jazz’s interior, and it’s certainly quite a different place to spend time to its predecessor. With lots of materials, a fabric dashboard and a two-spoke steering wheel, it looks different to the majority of cars in this class.
Switch bluetooth adapter reviews. The cabin is also very roomy, with loads of rear space for adults. While the boot itself might be quite an average size, the Jazz comes equipped with Honda’s ‘magic’ seats, which flip up like cinema chairs – leaving a large and flat area to store things upright.
When it comes to equipment, the Crosstar is certainly not lacking in kit. It sits right at the top of the Jazz line-up – even above the regular EX model. Highlights include keyless entry and start, LED headlights, a reversing camera and nine-inch touchscreen, while Crosstar models bring a premium eight-speaker sound system, water repellent upholstery, silver accents and a more off-road-looking bodykit.
While if you opt for the regular Jazz, prices start from £18,995, the Crosstar model sees prices rise to £22,635, or £23,585 if you want the two-tone black roof. It means it’s £1,000 more expensive than the regular EX model, which is quite a lot of extra money to splash out for a more rugged-looking bodykit.
On the plus side, you can expect very low running costs from the Jazz, as Honda claims it’ll return 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 110g/km.
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If you like your supermini to wear chunkier and more rugged styling, then the addition of this Crosstar variant to the Honda Jazz range will be appreciated. It retains all the charm of the standard car – its unique interior, efficiency and impressive powertrain, but adds extra visual flair.
While the chunky looks come at a price, if you like the look of it, that extra £1,000 for the Crosstar will largely be worth every penny.
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In February 2020, Honda announced that would change, and with the launch of the new version, Europeans will only have the choice of an electrified Jazz, as the model would sell “exclusively across Europe with an advanced hybrid powertrain.”
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1Exterior design & features
The car measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,694 mm in width, and 1,539 mm in height, while riding on a 2,530 mm wheelbase.
There are a few changes, visually speaking, compared to the previous model. They include an A-pillar that is half the width of the one used before, as a means to improve forward visibility. The modification was made possible because of the improved torsional rigidity of the new body.
The overall lines of the car have changed as well, making it look wider and closer to the ground. A small roof spoiler is available at the rear, above the new light cluster.
For the first time, the Jazz is offered in both the conventional body style, and a Crosstar variant that move the range closer to the crossover segment.
The biggest challenge for Honda engineers was to make the new Jazz as roomy as the one before it, despite having to fit more hardware for the hybrid powertrain. To that effect, several modifications had to be made to the engine intake system, the transmission, and the power control unit.
With careful cuts and additions, and with the fitting of the fuel tank beneath the front seats, in the center of the chassis, Honda managed to squeeze 298 liters of space for cargo with the rear seats in a normal position and 1,203 liters with them folded down.
New Honda Jazz 2020
The new Jazz comes with a center touchscreen that can be used to access information about weather, parking locations, music, navigation, location finding, and telephone services. As far as the other control means of operation go, time for the most regularly-used controls is reduced by 58% compared with the previous model, Honda says.
The new Jazz is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, either wirelessly or via an USB cable, and for the first time the model offers a Wi-Fi hotspot. Also, the Personal assistant that debuted on the Honda e is available as well.
The ICE unit in this case is a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC gasoline, linked to two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery, and a fixed-gear transmission. Available in three driving modes, the combined powertrain develops 109 ps and 253 Nm of torque, translating into an acceleration time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 175 kph (108 mph).
The combined fuel economy for the new Jazz with this powertrain is 4.5l/100km as measured according to the WLTP procedure, and 4.8l/100km for the Crosstar variant.
For the first time, the new Jazz comes with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. There’s a new wide camera for increased front view, and a collision mitigation system that has been improved to detect pedestrians and cyclists during night time.
As on other Honda models, the Sensing suite of safety technologies is available, with speed limiter, high-beam headlights and traffic sign recognition.
The new Jazz goes on sale on the continent in the summer of 2020. Prices start in Germany at €22,000 for the Jazz and €26,250 for the Crosstar variant.