Honda Jazz review - 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 it will deliver on the high expectations of customers. The manufacturer claims that, in SE and SR trim, the 1.5 i-MMD unit will return a handy 62.8mpg on the combined cycle. Top-spec EX cars aren’t too far behind with 61.4mpg, while the heavier Crosstar manages 58.9mpg - although we saw 55.4mpg during our own test. In comparison, the Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost with 94bhp also achieves a claimed 55.4mpg.
There’s no doubt that the Jazz is an efficient performer - our testers saw an average of over 70mpg, albeit on a mixture of traffic-free motorways, A-roads and urban streets. The new engine’s hybrid tech also ensures low emissions, with CO2 levels ranging from 102g/km to 110g/km.
Insurance premiums will potentially be a touch higher than some rivals. All Jazz models fall into either group 19 or 20, while by comparison, a Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre Titanium with 123bhp is in group 15. A 129bhp Renault Clio in R.S. Line trim will also be cheaper to insure as it sits in group 16.
The Jazz range starts from almost £20,000, with the top-spec Crosstar EX at over £24,000. Residual values are strong, with all models in the standard range holding onto around 56 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 53 per cent.
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 the versatile ‘Magic Seat’ system.
- 6Reliability and safetyCustomers rate the Jazz’s reliability, while Honda continues to offer impressive levels of safety.