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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Honda Jazz

Overall verdict
Not sexy, not fun, not a heartstring-tugger, but by gum is this a clever car. Brilliantly fit for purpose


Spacious cabin, versatile seats, easy to drive


Occasionally thrashy engine, no longer a bargain


What is it?

The third iteration of Honda’s endlessly bankable, largely unsung supermini hero. While Type Rs and NSXs steal the headlines, the new Jazz has arrived quietly, sporting some unhappy new angles and edges along its boxy form. But since when did a Jazz major on style? Honda’s worked to make the new car more efficient and higher quality inside, while keeping the price sensible. And it’s done a rather splendid job. This new car’s longer, by 95mm. Almost half of that has been swallowed by extra crumple zone for new crash legislation, but Honda’s also managed to stretch the wheelbase, so the new Jazz is even more cavernous inside. The perfect retirement car for a TARDIS-bereft Doctor.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.3 S [DASP] 5dr
11.2s 116g/km 56.5 102
The greenest
1.3 S [DASP] 5dr CVT
12.0s 106g/km 61.4 102
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