The Honda Jazz isn’t a cheap supermini. In fact some versions, especially the hybrid - which comes perilously close to £20,000 - are positively expensive. Other running costs are reasonable, if not outstanding.

CO2 outputs, and therefore miles per gallon figures, are nothing to write home about. The hybrid is a particular disappointment - with most rival ‘minis offering a sub-100g/km model, you might expect a hybrid to better that. Sadly not.

The Jazz regularly tops customer satisfaction surveys

Neither of the two petrol models are especially frugal or efficient, either. In fact, we only managed an average of 35mpg in our tests of the 1.4 against an official average of just over 50mpg. By comparison, official figures for the 1.2 and hybrid are 53mpg and 62.8mpg respectively.

What will make a difference to your bottom line, should you buy a Jazz, is the lower-than-average insurance rating. Strong residual values also (the Jazz should retain 52 percent of its value over three years) make the Jazz a tempting way to spend your own money.

List prices may be high, but you’ll enjoy a decent level of standard equipment - all models with the exception of the 1.2s get air conditioning - and you’ll find powered front and rear windows, electric mirrors and Bluetooth connectivity standard across the range.

Honda servicing will set you back slightly more than average, but once you’re out of warranty you shouldn’t have to spend much on repairs - the Jazz has a strong following due in part to its reliability. Dealers are renowned for offering excellent customer service, too.


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