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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
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£18,130 - £22,530
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2020)87%83%76%

A five-star rating from the independent experts at Euro NCAP provides reassurance that the latest Honda Jazz will do a great job of protecting its occupants in the event of a crash. 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

A five-star overall safety rating from Euro NCAP, with 87 and 83% scores for adult and child occupant protection respectively, is confidence-inspiring here. The Jazz's list of standard safety kit bodes well, too. 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 versions also come 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, 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.

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