Honda Jazz review - Reliability and safety
Customers rate the Jazz’s reliability, while Honda continues to offer impressive levels of safety.
Customers have consistently rated the Honda Jazz as a solid performer in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys. In 2019, the Japanese supermini finished in 62nd place out of 100 cars and, despite coming to the end of its lifespan, the third-generation car still managed 57th position in 2020. Honda itself achieved 7th out of 30 car makers in the Best Manufacturer poll. Highlights were practicality and running costs, although the on-board infotainment systems came in for some criticism - something Honda will be hoping to rectify with its latest set-up.
The fourth-generation Jazz hasn’t yet been safety tested by industry experts, Thatcham. However, the previous model was awarded a full five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2015 and we’d expect the new car to meet the same standard.
There’s a comprehensive level of safety kit for all Jazz versions. Aside from the myriad airbags, each trim level includes automatic emergency braking, a forward collision warning system, lane keep assist, a lane departure warning and a traffic sign recognition system, among a host of other safety tech. The EX-spec variants add blind-spot monitoring and cross traffic monitoring, which helps to detect vehicles approaching from the side when you’re backing out of a parking space or driveway.
Honda offers a three-year/90,000-mile warranty for its vehicles, which is a generous mileage limit when compared to some rivals. The manufacturer also allows customers to purchase extended cover for a further two years.
Service intervals for the Jazz are every 12 months or 12,500 miles - whichever comes first. Honda provides fixed servicing plans for new vehicles, or a tailored service package if your car is a little older.
In this review
- 1Honda Jazz reviewThe Honda Jazz supermini delivers practicality, excellent fuel economy and improved on-board tech, but cheaper rivals could prove tempting.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Jazz is available with a single hybrid engine option, offering solid performance and superb fuel economy.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsHigh 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 safety - currently readingCustomers rate the Jazz’s reliability, while Honda continues to offer impressive levels of safety.