Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Probably the Jazz’s strongest selling point
  • Hugely versatile Magic Seats arrangement
  • Loads of space for passengers in the rear

The new hybrid drivetrain does eat into practicality a little – taking up about 50 litres of bootspace compared to the old car, but the Jazz’s interior capacity remains strong with 304 litres on offer. That increases to 844/1,205 litres depending on whether you measure up to the windowline or the roof when you collapse the clever rear seats (more on this later).

It’s managed this by growing a little in length, although the width remains the same, so the Jazz doesn’t feel any bigger on the road. Stubby door mirrors also help when threading through narrow gaps but don’t allow you to look all that far back on motorways.

That hybrid engine also uses advanced electronics to help keep the overall size down, and takes up space under the bonnet rather than eating into the cabin too much.

The versatility of the Honda Jazz has always been more than just numbers though, thanks to the Magic Seats in the rear of the car – these can be folded completely flat or flipped up from the base cinema-style in order to carry tall or awkward items. The front passenger seat also folds flat to fit longer items. It’s genuinely brilliant, offering a huge amount of flexibility in a car with such a small footprint.

Those rear seats have been redesigned for this car, moving the hinges wider apart and adding padding for more comfort – leg room remains strong at nearly a metre too, which would be impressive in a limo, let alone a hatchback. There’s more than enough room for a tall passenger behind a tall driver, and there are two USB charging points on offer too.

Interior storage is also good with a big box under the armrest, three smaller storage compartments in the centre tunnel, and two big cupholders built into the dashboard. You also get a split level glovebox, which not only looks cool but also allows more effective use of the space on offer.

Safety

  • Stronger body thanks to high strength steel
  • Clever new front centre airbag
  • Enhanced driver assistance tech

Before we get onto any new active safety systems it’s worth pointing out the increased use of high strength steel in the Honda Jazz, which should make it stronger in a crash. You also now get ten airbags as standard, including one in the front centre that protects the driver and passenger from injuring each other in a crash.

There’s no Euro NCAP rating for this car yet but the previous Jazz was awarded five stars, and this model comes with more driver assistance tech under the Honda Sensing umbrella. This has been enhanced this time around by a new wide angle camera (the previous system used a narrow view camera and a radar) which makes things like the autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping features more effective, particularly at night time.

Anecdotally we found the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping function worked very well indeed, even on winding country roads where driver assistance tech can sometimes struggle to keep up.

The full suite includes:

  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Intelligent speed limiter
  • Auto high-beam
  • Blind spot and cross traffic monitor (standard on EX grade)

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda Jazz Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels

EX equipment

EX standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
EX optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
SE optional equipment
None available

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
SR optional equipment
None available