Honda Jazz hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Good quality and decent packaging join much-improved infotainment inside the latest Honda Jazz
The latest Honda 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.
Now the range has been simplified to Elegance, Advance and Advance Sport, along with the Crosstar, which is available exclusively in Advance trim. No-cost, premium and premium+ paint options are available.
The entry-level Elegance trim gets 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, climate control, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, front and rear electric windows, two USB ports in the front, plus Honda’s nine-inch CONNECT infotainment screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and digital radio.
Moving up to Advance adds 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, a heated steering wheel and front seats, a pair of USB ports for rear-seat passengers, sat-nav, automatic up/down electric windows, a leather gearknob and some cosmetic tweaks to the exterior.
The high-spec Advance Sport features a choice of driving modes, regenerative braking and deceleration control paddles, sports pedals, a leather three-spoke steering wheel and an array of cosmetic upgrades, including a rear spoiler and unique alloys.
The Jazz Crosstar is available exclusively in Advance trim, but gains a few welcome extras over the standard Advance trim. The list includes water-repellent fabric upholstery, roof rails, LED front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and SUV-inspired body styling.
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 was the first Honda to benefit from the filtering down of that technology.
All versions are equipped with a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen, mounted high on the 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 Advance 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe now hybrid-only Honda Jazz is technologically impressive, very efficient and practical – but not much fun to drive
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Honda Jazz hybrid is one of the most efficient superminis around
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe hybrid Honda Jazz promises to be an inexpensive car to run in all respects
- 4Performance, engine & driveChoppy ride and decent-yet-dull handling let down the Honda Jazz hybrid’s fantastic powertrain
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingGood quality and decent packaging join much-improved infotainment inside the latest Honda Jazz
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA large boot and trademark ‘Magic Seats’ mean the hybrid Honda Jazz is a very practical supermini
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe latest Honda Jazz hybrid has a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP and the brand’s reputation for reliability is well established