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Honda Jazz review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

There are no diesels or hybrids, but the petrol Jazz is a frugal machine

With the 1.5-litre engine exclusive to Sport trim, there’s effectively only one engine – the 1.3-litre unit – to choose from, and due to the fact that most cars are sold to private buyers, Honda doesn’t have much interest in more frugal diesel or hybrid models.

Honda has tested the Jazz under the latest WLTP test regime, and as a result there's slight differences between all cars in terms of fuel economy. The best performers are the 1.3 i-VTEC in S and SE trims, which manage 48.7mpg. Add the CVT gearbox to the S model, and fuel economy stays the same, but it deteriorates slightly on the SE, to 47.9mpg. That's the same figure for the EX manual (which is poorer due to its larger wheels), while the EX CVT version manages 46.3mpg.

Emissions range from 106g/km to 119g/km, although the best performers in this instance are the CVT auto-equipped cars.

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There's not much of a price to pay if you go for the 1.5 i-VTEC. Claimed WLTP economy delivers 42.8mpg combined whether you choose the six-speed manual or the CVT auto. Emissions are 134g/km for the manual and 125g/km for the CVT.

Insurance groups

As simple as they come here. Every Jazz with a 1.3-litre engine, irrespective of specification or gearbox, is in insurance group 13. Choose the 1.5 Sport, and its more powerful engine bumps insurance groups up six to 19.

Depreciation

According to our experts, the Jazz will hold on to more of its new value after three years than most rivals, which should go some way to off-setting its reasonably high purchase fees. The most basic Jazz S manual will cost around £14,500, whereas the Vauxhall Corsa starts from about £12,000 for a five-door model, to cite an example. 

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.3 i-VTEC S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £13,880

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 i-MMD Hybrid SE 5dr eCVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £18,130

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 i-MMD Hybrid SE 5dr eCVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £18,130
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