Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

VerdictShould you buy a Honda Jazz Crosstar?

The rugged version of the Honda Jazz doesn’t add any tangible off-roading ability (save for the 30mm boost in ride height) so it’s unlikely you’re considering a Crosstar for a practical reason. Instead it comes down to a styling decision – the hatchback is very cleanly styled and as a result can look a little plain, whereas the Crosstar with its unique paint colour and optional contrasting roof, plastic cladding and fancy wheels, looks much more interesting.

Bear in mind it’s only available in a top-level trim though, making this the most expensive Jazz in the range, plus it comes at the cost of a slightly smaller boot. In exchange you get a seriously fancy stereo and special water resistant upholstery, which will come in handy if you have aquatic hobbies, and rails for carrying equipment on the roof.

Thankfully that additional suspension travel doesn’t seem to have affected the ride and handling too badly, so it’ is still a comfortable and confident steer on UK roads. Plus the smart hybrid system remains, and we’re a big fan of how it goes about its business.

While it certainly won’t give the Suzuki Jimny much to worry about when it comes to mud-plugging, we think the Crosstar looks significantly more adventurous than the standard Jazz, but whether that’s enough to warrant the price hike is something that you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Further reading

2020 Honda Jazz Crosstar rear static