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Rugged Jazz adds visual appeal

Honda Jazz Crosstar (20 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,635 - £22,635
Lease from new From £255 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 58.9 mpg
Road tax cost £140
Insurance group 19 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Lots of cargo space
  • Power and economy
  • Improved interior design
  • Major infotainment upgrade

CONS

  • Hatch has a bigger boot
  • Less economical and slower
  • Same restricted engine choice
  • Looks won’t suit all

Honda Jazz Crosstar rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

The Honda Jazz is one of our favourite small cars thanks to its hugely practical interior and no-nonsense ease-of-use. This Crosstar variant takes all of those features and adds very of-the-moment SUV styling and a slight boost in ride height.

It’s inclusion in the range is a no brainer – cars like the Jazz remain popular with buyers, but some are keen to swap their small hatchback for an SUV. Given how the Jazz already has some SUV-like features (flexible cabin space and an upright driving position) the addition of plastic cladding and longer travel suspension allows Honda to attract buyers of all persuasions.

The Japanese maker is by far from alone in this plan – just look to the Ford Fiesta Active, Hyundai i20 Active and Citroen C3 Aircross for proof of that.

Off-road styling and high spec

Separating this from the standard Jazz are 30mm longer suspension springs, water resistant upholstery, roof rails and a seriously fancy stereo.

You also get a tweaked front grille, unique 16-inch alloys and a special blue paint colour with the option of a contrasting roof. Inside there’s a swathe of tweed material on the dashboard, which we think looks great.

Overall the visual impact of these changes is considerable – the standard Jazz can look a little plain, and that’s not a problem for this amped up Crosstar variant.

Still hybrid power only

As with the hatchback you have only got the choice of a hybrid powertrain, using a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors to deliver 109hp.

The additional size of the Crosstar means it’s slightly slower to accelerate but it still pulls away quickly and feels muscular on the move too.

As you’ll probably have guessed the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also affected detrimentally by the additional metalwork, but not enough to put you off considering this car over the hatch.

Huge practicality as standard

Curiously the Crosstar also gives away a few litres of bootspace compared to the hatchback – but with 298-litres it’s not likely you’ll notice the difference.

And of course the smart Magic Seats remain in the real, allowing long, tall or otherwise awkwardly shaped items to fit with ease, and loads of legroom for passengers.

You also get a pair of roof rails as standard, unlocking a world of storage options for the top of the car that would otherwise be impossible on the hatchback.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Honda Jazz Crosstar SUV including its practicality, how much it costs to run, and whether we'd recommend buying one.

2020 Honda Jazz Crosstar rear static

Honda Jazz Crosstar rivals

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