Honda Jazz

The 2020, fourth generation, Honda Jazz is a little less boxy than its predecessor and slightly longer but it retains the practical and moderately uninspiring look from the previous car. Like before, all Jazz models get Honda’s brilliant Magic Seat setup, allowing the rear bench to fold completely flat in a swift and easy-to-operate single motion. It’s really handy and makes the Jazz one of the most practical cars in its class, think cinema seats. The Jazz is a very easy car to become comfortable in, particular for the driver, the high seating position makes the most of the room available and rear passages fair particularly well. The boot measures a decent 304 litres, expanding to 1,205 litres if you fold down the back seats.


The Jazz is available in two trim levels, Elegance and Advance, the latter adding a heated steering wheel ands keyless entry and start.


The new Jazz is powered by a single Hybrid engine, the 1.5 litre petrol engine is paired to two electric motors connected to a 0.86kWh lithium ion battery which lives under the rear floor. This is similar size battery to the Toyota Yaris. The way the Jazz works is that the petrol engine drives a generator that in turn powers the batteries that drive the motor to turn the front wheels in normal driving mode. It is a complicated system but it works well, electric power can be used solely for low speeds, assisting acceleration and thus increasing fuel consumption, at higher speeds the batteries are bypassed and the petrol powers the second motor that drives the car.  As in an electric car there is no gearbox only a sole gear, the torque of the electric motor is able to provide acceleration at lower speeds, negating the need for a spread of gear ratios. With a total of 108bhp and 253Nm of torque, the Jazz can get from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and the official economy is quoted at up to 62.8mpg.

Prices are £1999 Advance Payment in Elegance and £2499 AP in Advance trim.