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First drive: 2018 Honda Jazz remains no-nonsense choice for fleets

"Even with its firmer suspension, the Sport model offers a smooth ride. Honda has also focused on reducing cabin noise and vibration, making the new Jazz a nicer place to be."

7 2018 Honda Jazz Sport
Honda
BIK List Price
£17,140
Honda Jazz BIK list price
BIK Percentage
27%
Honda Jazz BIK Percent
CO2
133g/km
Honda Jazz CO2
Combined MPG
47.9
Honda Jazz MPG

Review

Honda has given the Jazz a mild refresh for 2018, with the big news being the addition of a new 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine.

It is available in conjunction with a new Sport trim, which Honda hopes will attract a younger audience to the model.

The Sport is lower and stiffer and features a subtle body kit, but the Jazz isn’t about to take on the Ford Fiesta ST in the performance stakes.

It’s a warmed-up version at best. The 1.5-litre engine serves up 130PS, a welcome improvement over the 1.3-litre model – which is a bit wheezy with 103PS.

With a manual gearbox, the zero to 62mph time is a respectable 8.7 seconds, while average fuel consumption is rated at 47.9mpg. 

For fleets, the 1.3-litre Jazz is still the pick of the line-up, with emissions from 106g/km. The Sport emits 133g/km and, when combined with its £17,115 list price, will cost drivers around £200 per year more in benefit-in-kind tax than a Seat Ibiza FR. Running costs are also higher, by around 2p per mile.

However, the Jazz fights back when it comes to practicality. Clever packaging means there is as much interior space as some cars in the class above. The boot offers 354 litres, more than the Ford Focus, which extends to more than 880 litres with the rear seats folded.

Even with its firmer suspension, the Sport model offers a smooth ride. Honda has also focused on reducing cabin noise and vibration, making the new Jazz a nicer place to be.

With prices from £14,115, the Jazz is still a no-nonsense choice for fleets that need a practical and compact car. 

While the Sport is the better drive, it is likely to have less appeal among user-choosers when comparing it against a Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza.

Top Speed
118mph
Honda Jazz Top Speed
VED band
H
Honda Jazz Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol
Honda Jazz Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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