In-depth reviews

Honda Jazz hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

Good quality and decent packaging join much-improved infotainment inside the latest Honda Jazz

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£18,530 - £23,930
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

The latest Jazz enjoys some welcome improvements inside – Honda has gone for a more minimalist and functional approach this time around, with a particular focus on ergonomics and comfort. Broadly speaking that aim has been met: the Jazz’s interior is simple, very well put together and, although there are a fair few hard plastics, most are soft to the touch and decent quality. There’s a great view out, too: thin A-pillars and a deliberately low dashboard mean there’s an inherently relaxed feeling to proceedings.

Honda Jazz hybrid dashboard

There’s a touch of Honda e in the Jazz’s dashboard. There’s not the same number of infotainment screens, but there’s a similarly clean design that’s far removed from the dated dashboard of the old car. Even the steering wheel has been streamlined, dropping a spoke and featuring easy-to-use buttons.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Jazz can seem a little pricey next to some rivals, but you shouldn’t feel short-changed when it comes to standard equipment. The range was initially split into four trim levels: entry-level SE, followed by SR, EX and Crosstar EX. In November 2021, an additional 'EX Style' trim level, with some visual enhancements, was added to the line-up.

All get climate control, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control and those famous Magic Seats that offer extra versatility compared to rivals. The step to SR adds front and rear parking sensors, plus Honda’s improved nine-inch CONNECT infotainment screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.

EX adds big-car features like leather trim for the steering wheel and gearknob, plus heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, along with a rear-view camera and Garmin-powered sat-nav for the infotainment. The EX Style trim, added to the range in November 2021, brings black-painted body-side mouldings, mirror caps, rear spoiler and a painted two-tone roof. There's also a specific 16-inch alloy-wheel design in black with a machined finish. Integrated satellite navigation, a parking camera and blind-spot monitoring are also fitted.

The Jazz Crosstar only comes in EX trim, but gets a few welcome extras over the normal EX: besides the exterior plastic cladding, an eight-speaker 376-watt audio system is added, along with the option of a two-tone roof. SE and SR cars get 15-inch alloys, while the EX and Crosstar are fitted with 16-inch items.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Previously, infotainment was a major sticking point for modern Honda products, but with the advent of the bar-setting Honda e, the company took big steps forward. The Jazz is the first Honda to benefit from the filtering down of that technology.

SR cars and above are equipped with a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen, mounted high on dashboard. The system is snappy, with clear graphics and slick Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay integration. If you’re an Apple Maps or Google Maps user, it’s not worth stepping up to the built-in sat-nav on the EX model. Honda Personal Assistant allows for voice control, too, if specified. 

A separate seven-inch display sits behind the steering wheel on all Jazz models. It’s similarly well resolved and easy to navigate, but we found that the lack of a cowl made reading it in bright sunlight difficult.

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