Honda Jazz Review

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Price: £18,985 - £21,385

The new Honda Jazz is essentially an electric car without a plug. It uses a petrol engine to generate power and make it more efficient than a conventional car. 

Score

6.5/10

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  • Battery size: 0.8 kWh
  • Company car tax: 24%
  • Emissions: 102g/km
  • Range: 0.1 miles
  • Fuel economy: 62.8 MPG
  • Honda Jazz Hybrid car
  • Honda Jazz PHEV exterior front driving
  • Honda Jazz PHEV exterior rear
  • Honda Jazz PHEV boot space
  • Honda Jazz PHEV exterior front and side while parked
  • Honda Jazz PHEV interior rear seats
  • Honda Jazz PHEV interior dashboard
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 10/09/2020・Updated: 15/06/2022

Nicki Says

“The new Jazz is a clever car. Using the engine as a generator for the electric motor is an idea which will be copied by many car makers soon. I wish it had a bigger battery and a plug in option though, which would mean it could drive into zero emission zones in future.”

Ginny Says

“The clever interior is what keeps owners coming back to the Jazz year after year - especially those amazing double-fold back seats. But the little Honda is also taller than average, which makes getting in and out much easier for anyone who's not quite as mobile as they used to be.”

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Honda Jazz PHEV exterior rear and side while parked

The Jazz is cheap to buy compared to battery electric and PHEV cars - but do your sums to see if the total cost of ownership adds up.

  • Price:£18,985 - £21,385
  • Company car tax:23% (2020-1)
  • Insurance group:19
  • Vehicle warranty:3 years / unlimited miles
  • Battery warranty:5 years / 90,000 miles

Pricing

If you’ve been playing with the electrifying.com price slider on the home page you’ll see that the Jazz looks pretty cheap compared to fully electric and PHEV cars. The entry level model is £19,985 for example, compared to the mid 20 thousands for a Renault Zoe or MINI Electric. Only a VW e-UP! or SEAT Mii Electric can compete. 

Compared to the only other real hybrid in the class – Toyota’s new Yaris – the Jazz stacks up well too, costing about £1,000 less across the range.

There’s a Crosstar version of the Jazz too which is a pseudo SUV with a slightly higher ride height (30mm), a better stereo and water repellent fabric. It’s only available with the top trim level though and is priced at £22,635.

Running costs

The finance rates for the Jazz work out at between £200 and £269 per month with a 20% deposit, so do some sums to see if the total cost of ownership will be less than a pure EV – assuming you have access to charging of course.

Also bear in mind that the Jazz is an economical petrol car at the end of the day, despite its EV-like technology. So it may be worth checking the price of conventional rivals to see if they can be bought and financed for an amount which is cheap enough to make up for them being less economical with fuel. 

Honda’s reputation for reliability means the Jazz will hold its value well though and might offset the shorter-than average warranty. 

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