The supermini sector is awash with choice, regardless of your needs.
Cars like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2 are fun to drive, while the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia feel sturdy and refined. The Honda Jazz, on the other hand, has always been known for being well-built, reliable and more roomy than a car this small has any right to be.
Let’s see how this latest version of the Jazz measures up against some of the best supermini contenders.
While the Jazz isn’t significantly longer or wider than the big players in the segment, it is taller than most – it’s 88mm taller than the VW Polo, for example. That’ll never be an issue in daily driving, though, and its compact footprint on the road makes it easy to thread through busy traffic.
The extra height the Jazz boasts over its rivals – not to mention the clever packaging of all of the oily bits in order to maximise cabin space – means that interior space is vast for a car in this class.
Rear seat passengers are treated to 115mm more legroom than the (already very spacious) previous generation Jazz, bumping up overall space to be on a par with a Mercedes S-Class. Yep, this small Honda is as roomy in the back as a German executive saloon.
Owners of the old model will be impressed to discover that front-seat occupants get 30mm more shoulder room than before, while rear seat occupants gain 20mm each – in reality this means you’ll have more personal space when reaching into pockets and changing gear.
It isn’t just in the cabin where the extra space has been uncovered either. With a 354-litre boot, the Jazz can boast the largest in the class – and that’s even before you fiddle with the seating plan.
The rear seat backs can fold completely flat, revealing a space 884 litres in volume. Need more space? Not to worry: the front passenger seat back can fold flat too, enabling objects up to 2,480mm in length to fit inside.
|Seats up||354 litres|
|Seats down||884 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
With a 10.8m turning circle, there are cars which turn tighter in this class – the Fiesta needs only 10.1m to perform a U-turn – though the Jazz isn’t significantly behind the competition.
While the Jazz is only available with one engine, fuel economy varies slightly depending on gearbox choice and wheel sizes. Brim the 40-litre fuel tank, and on a gentle drive, the most frugal variant of the Jazz should be able to go for about 540 miles before needing a fill up.
|Turning circle||10.8 metres|
|Fuel tank||40 litres|
With only a single 1.3-litre petrol engine to choose from, the only variations in weight in the range depend on the equipment specified, and whether the car is fitted with the six speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.
|1,066kg (S manual)||1,113kg (EX Navi automatic)|
Want to know more?
Read our Jazz review for more information, including how it compares to its closest rivals. If you’re interested in buying one, then use our Honda Jazz configurator to see how much you could save on the list price from the best Honda dealers in the country.