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Honda Jazz hybrid reliability & safety rating

The latest Honda Jazz hybrid has a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP and the brand’s reputation for reliability is well established

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£26,860 - £29,260
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

Honda finished a disappointing 18th out of 32 brands in the Driver Power New Car Survey 2023, which is lower than we’ve come to expect from the Japanese manufacturer.

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There was better news for the Jazz, which was ranked 32nd out of 75 on the list of the best cars to own. Despite the mid-table finish, we still expect the Jazz to be one of the most dependable superminis on the market.

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. The Advance and Advance Sport also get blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic monitoring as well, although not on the Crosstar version. Much of that kit is often not standard on some much more expensive machinery.

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