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Honda Jazz Crosstar verdict

2020 - 2023 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.1 out of 53.1

Written by Adam Binnie Published: 6 July 2023 Updated: 6 July 2023

Should you buy one?

This ruggedised version of the Honda Jazz doesn’t add any tangible off-roading ability (save for the 30mm boost in ride height), so it’s unwise to consider a Crosstar for greenlaning. But it does offer a little more than a mere styling upgrade, as it includes extra features – such as the waterproof fabrics and roof rails – that practicality-minded buyers may appreciate.

However, it is also the most expensive Jazz in the range. The boot is a tiny amount smaller (mostly due to the standard-fit fancy stereo), and it is slightly slower and more expensive to run.

Thankfully, that additional suspension travel makes it comfortable on the road without undermining neat and tidy driving experience. And we continue to be big fans of Honda’s impressive petrol-electric hybrid drive system. So this is definitely a small SUV that deserves to be on your shortlist.

What we like

The exterior upgrade adds interest to the standard Jazz’s slightly bland design, while specific features help make the Crosstar more practical. The Magic Seats, the hybrid system and the driving experience all remain great selling points, too.

What we don’t like

It’s a shame there’s no cheap and cheerful version of the Crosstar, and that performance is mildly reduced compared with the conventional hatchback. But these minor quibbles aside there are few reasons not to consider this confident and competent compact SUV.