Honda Jazz hybrid reliability & safety

The latest Honda Jazz hybrid has yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the brand's reputation for reliability is well established

Honda Jazz

We can’t rate the Honda Jazz on its safety credentials until the experts at Euro NCAP deliver their official crash-test verdict, but we’ve got little reason to doubt that it’ll meet industry and class standards. We also have few worries about reliability – Honda is synonymous with well made, thoughtfully engineered, dependable transportation and even though its hybrid technology is complicated, it should work well for the foreseeable future.

Honda Jazz hybrid reliability & problems

We don’t have long-term reliability data for this latest Honda Jazz yet, but in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Honda as a brand achieved a strong seventh-place finish overall. Practicality, safety and low servicing costs were cited as big pluses, as were build quality and reliability. The average share of owners reporting issues with their Honda was 14%. We’ll have to wait for more specific data on the latest Jazz, but the signs are promising. 

Safety

There’s no Euro NCAP crash-test rating with which to compare the Jazz against its rivals yet, but its list of standard safety kit bodes well. All cars come with 10 airbags, one of which is placed front-centre in a move that Honda claims is a first in the supermini class. 

All Jazz models also come as standard with ‘Honda SENSING’, a collection of active safety and driver-assistance features. These include autonomous emergency braking (which can spot cyclists and apply the brakes when turning into the path of another vehicle), adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic functionality, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition, automatic headlights and an intelligent speed limiter.

EX cars get blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic monitoring as well. Much of that kit is often not standard on some much more expensive machinery. We’ll have to wait and see if it helps the Jazz score well in its crash tests.