Honda Jazz - MPG, CO2 and running costs
High list prices for the Jazz are offset by excellent economy and low emissions, while residual values should hold up well
With just one engine option available for the Jazz, Honda has confidence that its hybrid-only supermini can deliver the efficiency customers expect. According to the brand, in Elegance trim, the Jazz’s 1.5 i-MMD hybrid system will return a hearty 62.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. Advance and Sport spec models aren’t too far behind on paper, with both expected to achieve 61.4mpg, while Honda says the heavier Crosstar model will return up to 58.9mpg.
We drove a Sport trim model in our twin test against the Toyota Yaris Cross, and found the Honda’s electrical system tended to put in more effort than the Toyota’s set-up. This certainly helped the Jazz achieve the 58.5mpg we saw during our testing, compared to the 48.7mpg we got from the Yaris Cross. Keep to lower speeds around town and we reckon you could easily blow past the 60mpg mark in the Jazz.
The jacked-up Jazz Crosstar also proved to be very efficient when we tested it, returning 55.4mpg when we pitted it against the Dacia Sandero Stepway which managed 44.3mpg in the same conditions.
The new engine’s hybrid tech also ensures low emissions, with CO2 levels ranging from 102g/km to 108g/km.
Insurance premiums will potentially be a touch higher than some rivals. All Jazz models fall into either group 19 or 20 (with the Crosstar in group 19), while for comparison, the recently facelifted 143bhp Renault Clio Hybrid will be cheaper to insure as it sits in group 15 or 16 depending on the trim you pick.
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Residual values for the Jazz are strong, with all models in the standard range holding onto around 55-64 per cent of their original list price after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. The Crosstar model lags behind a little with a predicted 52-57 per cent retained over three years.
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In this review
- 1Honda Jazz reviewPractical, efficient and highly-specced, the hybrid Jazz supermini is an attractive if relatively pricey package
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Jazz is available with a single hybrid engine option, offering solid performance and superb fuel economy
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingHigh list prices for the Jazz are offset by excellent economy and low emissions, while residual values should hold up well
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a fresh interior design and new on-board tech, Honda will be hoping to attract younger customers to the Jazz
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jazz still holds the ace card for practicality; nothing in the supermini class comes close to its versatile ‘Magic Seat’ system
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Jazz performs consistently well in the Driver Power survey, while Honda continues to offer impressive levels of safety