Overview of the Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is a supermini offering the choice of two petrol engines consisting of an 89bhp 1.2-litre and a 99bhp 1.4-litre as well as a hybrid power unit.

A CVT automatic gearbox is standard on the hybrid model and an option on the 1.4-litre.

The introduction of hybrid technology means the Jazz Hybrid benefits from free road tax for the first year and only £10 per year thereafter.

The Jazz Hybrid has the same powertrain found in the Insight – the 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with Honda’s IMA technology and automatic CVT gearbox.

This brings carbon dioxide emissions down to 104g/km and delivers 62.8 miles per gallon on the combined cycle.

The Jazz petrol models are built at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon alongside the Civic and CR-V while the hybrid model is produced in the Suzuka factory in Japan.

More than 220,000 Jazz models have been sold in the UK following the car’s launch in 2002. The second generation Jazz hit the streets in 2008.

Honda decided to freshen up its supermini recently. This included the reintroduction of the CVT transmission, along with a few tweaks, which appeared in the previous used Honda Jazz model.

The new gearbox matches the economy and emissions of the i-SHIFT 1.4-litre model with carbon dioxide emissions starting at 125g/km.

The 1.4-litre manual version has emissions starting at 126g/km and uses 51.4mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.2-litre model uses 53.3mpg and emits 123g/km of carbon dioxide.

Recent changes to the exterior included revised front and rear bumpers designed to reduce drag.

Design features distinguish between Hybrid and petrol versions with the front grille, headlights and tail lamps on the Jazz Hybrid all finished in a chrome blue surround.

Six new colours were available across the range  – Azure Blue, Polished Metal, Urban Titanium and Ionized Bronze are additions to the petrol variants– while the Hybrid version also gets Lime Green Metallic and Taffeta White along with Azure Blue.

Leather upholstery is included for the first time in the Jazz range.

The Jazz scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and every model comes with six airbags and active anti-whiplash head restraints. Honda also fits its Vehicle Stability Assist system while deadlocks, a visible VIN and a fully integrated stereo are installed to deter car thieves.

There are retractable headrests which mean you can move the Jazz's double-folding rear seats one-handed. The boot has a multi-functional parcel shelf that can be stashed vertically or horizontally in four different ways to hold any load in place.