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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Honda Jazz?

It's recommended if you're looking for reliable, steady and efficient. The Honda Jazz has a nicely engineered feel, with crisp and responsive engines, a slick manual gearchange and responsive steering. In short, buy this car and you can be sure that it won't let you down; it’ll be very easy to drive and live with.

Choosing a Jazz is also just as easy as owning one, as there are only two engines to choose between: a 1.3-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre petrol. Both are offered with either a manual gearbox or a CVT; we’d take the sweet-shifting manual, unless you really don’t want to shift gears yourself. If saving money is a top concern, the cheapest Jazz to buy in the first place is also the least costly to run. Base-spec 1.3-litre Jazz S models offer lowest running costs of the whole range, thanks to emissions of 106g/km and claimed fuel economy of up to 48.7mpg.

Company car drivers interested in the Jazz will like the sound of the entry-level car’s low BIK costs, but the higher equipment levels of higher-spec models will appeal if a lot of time will be spent behind the wheel. The good news is there’s only a small variation in BIK costs for the 1.3-litre model.

Our choice is the 1.3-litre petrol. Besides being marginally more efficient, and less expensive, the 1.3-litre Jazz is available in four different trim levels. The 1.5-litre engine, on the other hand, can only be had in range-topping Sport trim. On the equipment front, if you’ve opted for the 1.3-litre engine, most just go straight for the high-spec EX. It’s packed with the kind of kit you’d expect to find on a larger and more expensive car, which makes the Jazz even easier to live with. If you really don’t need the kit offered by the EX, though, cheaper SE models offer a good balance of cost and equipment.

There are lots of other plus points for the Jazz. It has a roomy interior, a comparatively large boot and it’s incredibly flexible for such a small car. That’s not to say it’s devoid of flaws but, on the whole, it’s a worthy and safe choice – albeit one that lacks the finesse and charm of alternatives such as the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza.

2019 Honda Jazz rear view