Honda Jazz hybrid interior & comfort
Good quality and decent packaging join much-improved infotainment inside the latest Honda Jazz
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 is split into four trim levels: entry-level SE, followed by SR, EX and Crosstar EX.
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 Jazz Crosstar (pictured above) 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.
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 costsThe hybrid Honda Jazz promises to be an inexpensive car to run in all respects
- 4Engines, drive & performanceChoppy ride and decent-yet-dull handling let down the Honda Jazz hybrid's fantastic powertrain
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingGood quality and decent packaging join much-improved infotainment inside the latest Honda Jazz
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA large boot and trademark 'Magic Seats' mean the hybrid Honda Jazz is a very practical supermini
- 7Reliability & safetyThe latest Honda Jazz hybrid has yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the brand's reputation for reliability is well established