Honda Jazz hatchback
Price: £11,695 - £20,245
- Very practical
- Superbly reliable
- Efficient hybrid model
- No diesel engine
- Expensive to buy
- Noisy engines and uncomfortable ride
The Honda Jazz is a supermini like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i20, but is very different to most rivals. That's because when designing the Jazz, Honda kept its focus on maximising its practicality. The result is a car that offers class-leading space thanks to an extremely innovative use of space. The interior is spacious, smartly laid out, and endlessly flexible – in fact it challenges some small MPVs for practicality and versatility, despite its tiny supermini dimensions.
The Jazz also benefits from decent equipment levels and a reputation for reliability that's tough to beat. This successful formula has led to Honda selling more than a quarter of a million Jazz models since it went on sale in 2002.
It comes with a choice of two petrol engines – a 1.2-litre or a 1.4-litre – plus a hybrid version. The standard cars come in a choice of five specification levels: S, SE, ES Plus, Si and EX. While hybrid models come in either HE, HS or top-spec HX. The downside to the Jazz is the fact that there is no diesel engine, plus it is quite expensive. A new model of the Jazz is due to launch in the spring of 2014.