The current generation of Honda’s small hatchback has been around for less than two years, so it makes perfect sense to see the 2023 Honda Jazz coming without more important updates. Instead, it brings a familiar design, which has so many great things to offer, starting from a pretty smart overall design that combines attractive aesthetics with some practical solutions, especially on the inside.
Therefore, the latest iteration brings familiar pros and cons. When it comes to things we like about this small hatchback, we should probably start with the spacious and functional cabin. Also, the styling feels modern and attractive to a broad range of generations. We particularly like the hybrid system, which is peppy but very efficient, while the overall ride quality is more than pleasing.
On the other hand, the main complaints go to things like small cargo areas, as well as not a particularly smooth ride at lower speeds.
2023 Honda Jazz Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Honda Jazz brings the same layout we’ve been seeing since early 2020. The current generation looks pretty attractive when compared to the previous generation and finally has something to attract younger generations. Still, Jazz has always been much more about mechanics and other things that are under sheet metal.
One of the first things that come to mind is the chassis and suspension setup, which is calibrated pretty well. The simple suspension setup means that the ride quality at lower speeds isn’t spectacular, as you can feel more bumps than in models like Fiesta or 208. On the other hand, the chassis setup has been done very well and the ride seems much better at higher speeds. You may even count on a pretty decent level of athleticism, which hasn’t always been the case with previous generations.
There are many things to like about the Jazz interior, even though this year’s model brings no changes. The cabin still feels pretty fresh, thanks to the nice portion of funky details. We like the instrument cluster, as well as the infotainment system, which feels way more intuitive compared to some previous versions of Honda’s software. Furthermore, the driving position is excellent, probably the best in class, with excellent ergonomics and great outward visibility.
The front seats are well-shaped and offer decent comfort and side support, while the second row is also surprisingly spacious. On the other hand, things aren’t all that impressive when it comes to cargo capacity. You may count on about 300 liters, which is less than you get from most small hatchbacks on the market. However, this is compensated with Honda’s famous Magic Seats, which provide an impressive level of flexibility. These seats can fold back or fold flat and in the latter scenario, the total cargo volume goes up to 1205 liters, which seems pretty decent.
Tech and Safety Features
In Honda’s well-known tradition, base models come with a pretty basic list of features. There aren’t many flashy details, especially not in terms of tech features, where you get a pretty rudimental 5-inch non-touch-sensitive screen that includes no more than Bluetooth and USB when it comes to connectivity features. Therefore, we would always recommend higher trim levels, which add a much nicer 9-inch touchscreen, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Range-topping models also include satellite navigation.
Things are much different in terms of safety. In this aspect, even the most basic variants come with a full load of advanced technologies. The well-known Honda Sensing suite of safety features is part of the standard equipment and includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, and forward collision warning with automated emergency braking. Additionally, you can opt for upgrades like parking sensors and keyless entry.
2023 Honda Jazz Engine
Things under the hood remain the same, as the 2023 Honda Jazz continues with a single powertrain option for the European market. We are talking about a familiar, pretty refined setup that combines a 1.5-liter inline-four engine with an electric motor. The gasoline engine puts out around 98 horsepower the front wheels mostly get power from the electric motor. The system output is rated at 109 horsepower, while the max torque is rated at a pretty impressive 253Nm. As a result, 0-60 time takes just 9 seconds, which makes Jazz faster than most classmates.
With the claimed fuel economy of 62.8mpg, this is one of the most efficient models in the class, comparable with the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Also, it offers pretty good 102 g/km of CO2 emissions.
2023 Honda Jazz Release Date and Price
The 2023 Honda Jazz is already available in most showrooms. The starting price in the UK market goes around £21,000.