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.
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Honda Jazz reviewThe Honda Jazz has served as a versatile supermini for many years, and the latest car is the most practical and well equipped ever
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Jazz has two engines to choose from, both Honda i-VTEC petrol units that need revving hard
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThere are no diesels or hybrids, but the petrol Jazz is a frugal machine
- 4Interior, design and technologySharper exterior, classy interior and vibrant colours all make the Jazz more appealing to younger buyers
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jazz is one of the best superminis in terms of space and the ingenuity of its interior packaging
- 6Reliability and SafetyA top Euro NCAP rating and Honda’s reputation for reliability mean the Jazz is an easy car to live with