Honda Jazz hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
The e:HEV hybrid setup is efficient and should help reduce maintenance costs
Past generations of Honda Jazz have always been affordable cars to run, mostly fitted with small petrol engines and proving easy to maintain. For the latest Jazz, these traits have been amplified by the move to a hybrid-only line-up.
The hybrid powertrain doesn't require any plugging in - instead a small battery pack is topped up as you drive using energy harvested from braking and the petrol engine. This also reduces strain on other parts of the car, which helps to make hybrids very reliable.
Honda Jazz MPG & CO2
Choose the Jazz in an entry-level trim and its e:HEV hybrid powertrain can be expected to deliver up to 62.8mpg, a figure that's on a par with or better than many diesel rivals. With a petrol engine, the Ford Fiesta can return up to 55mpg, while the diesel gets around 65mpg. Choose to upgrade to the Jazz Crosstar, with its raised stance and bigger wheels, and its official economy figure drops to 58.9mpg. During our test drive consisting of several hours of motorway, A-road and urban driving, we saw over 70mpg on the trip computer.
You can also affect how the Jazz behaves, with three driving modes to run the Jazz with just petrol, electric or both. Unlike most superminis, it's also equipped with an automatic 'gearbox' with a single gear, which is meant to improve efficiency and is similar to those fitted in electric cars.
CO2 emissions are impressive, with as little as 102g/km in trims with smaller wheels. That's sure to make the Jazz an appealing choice for company-car drivers because the only cars with significantly lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rates are plug-in hybrids and EVs, which tend to be significantly more expensive to buy in the first place. The Crosstar emits 110g/km and road tax for every Jazz is £140 - £10 less than for conventional petrol and diesel models.
Insurance groups for the Honda Jazz are certainly straightforward, because it's only in groups 19 or 20 (out of 50), depending on which trim level is chosen. These are fairly high ratings for a supermini, with the 99bhp Ford Fiesta EcoBoost sitting in group 10 and a 108bhp Skoda Fabia in group 12.
Honda models come with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty, which can be extended in length for an additional cost. This is slightly more generous than the three-year/60,000-mile warranty offered by Ford and Volkswagen, but Hyundai and Toyota provide five years of cover, while Kia throws in a seven-year warranty.
Buyers can choose to pick up a fixed-price servicing package, either opting to pay monthly or in a lump sum. These often represent a discount over paying individually and are especially useful for budgeting and spreading the cost of routine maintenance.