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Honda Jazz Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Specs & News

Honda has a long history devising clever urban runabouts like the City, Today and Logo of the '80s and '90s, but it wasn't until the GD Jazz arrived in 2002 that Australians really had their first taste of what the Japanese carmaker could achieve with baby cars.

Central to the compact Honda's classless appeal was its incredible packaging, brought about by boxy proportions and the relocation of the petrol tank from under the rear seat (like most cars) to a more forward location.

With a trick seating arrangement, the resulting available cargo space was cavernous, making for a massive little panel van if required. This continued with 2008's GE series, as well as the 2014 GF/GK series. The cheapest grade started from $11,500, rising to $25,740 for the most expensive version. 

Unfortunately, Honda Australia dropped the Jazz in 2021, meaning we miss out on the all-new, hybrid-optional fourth-gen version. A real pity.

Honda Jazz Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Honda Jazz varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $11,500 and going to $25,740 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,500 $25,740
2020 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,000 $25,080
2019 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,900 $23,760
2018 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,100 $22,110
2017 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,300 $18,810
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Honda Jazz Colours

  • Phoenix Orange
  • Rally Red
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue
  • Modern Steel
  • Lunar Silver
  • Platinum White
  • Crystal Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Honda Jazz 2019.

Honda Jazz Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda Jazz here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Looking at a second-hand Jazz for our eldest's first car. Does the engine have a timing belt or chain?

    The subject of a Honda Jazz timing belt or chain comes up pretty frequently, as would-be owners try to gauge how reliable these hard-working little engines are. For those who prefer solid, low-maintenance motoring, the news is good, because all three Australian-delivered generations of the Honda Jazz have used the company’s L series engines which feature a timing chain rather than a rubber timing belt.

    The task of the timing chain or timing belt is exactly the same: They take drive from the engine’s crankshaft to the camshaft and, in the process, keep all the moving parts in harmony. Many car makers moved away from a timing chain to the rubber, toothed drive belt as a way of simplifying engine design and driving down the cost of each engine. The rubber timing belt is also quieter in its operation and is also less prone to stretching (as a timing chain can) so the camshaft (commonly referred to as the cam) stays in perfect synch with the rest of the engine’s rotating parts. The timing belt is a simpler design because it doesn’t need to be tensioned via oil pressure from the engine as many timing chain systems are.

    The timing chain, meanwhile, is preferred by some manufacturers (and their customers) because it should last the lifetime of the engine and never need replacement. This isn’t always the case, however, and some engines designs from a variety of manufacturers suffer problems in this regard. But, in a properly maintained engine of sound design, the timing chain should never need attention, while the rubber timing belt generally requires periodic replacement, usually between 60,000 and 120,000km depending on the make and model.

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  • What is the best dog-friendly car?

    If you like the idea of the Honda but don’t want such a physically large package, take a look at the Honda Jazz. Yes, it’s probably one size down from your current Focus, but its interior is very spacious for its external dimensions. It’s also the car that has probably the most versatile interior in terms of flexible seating arrangements with a rear seat that folds, slides and tumbles. It also has normal ride height (as opposed to the jacked-up stance that SUVs boast) so your dog may find it easier to jump in without hitting anything. Beyond that, you really need to visit dealerships and check for yourself that rear doors, rear seats and general layout suit your very specific canine requirements.

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  • Which generation Honda Jazz had a transmission issue related to the CVT?

    The problem you refer to affected the very first Jazz models sold here up to 2008. Any car made after that date should not exhibit the same problem as Honda made running changes to fix it back in the day.

    The problem was actually traced back to the wrong transmission fluid being used in the CVT unit. These modern transmission are very particular about what fluid they use, especially with regard to the complex brew of additives that make up the fluid.

    Over time, the fluid in the affected Jazzes would start to break down as the additives became depleted, at which point, it wasn’t doing the complete job necessary. Specifically, the depleted additive package suddenly allowed the starter-motor clutch to remain engaged. Essentially, you had the transmission trying to drive the car and the starter clutch dragging at it, effectively trying to slow it down. Which is when the car would start to shudder.

    The solution was to switch to a new, reformulated transmission fluid which was added to the drained CVT, the car driven for a certain distance, the new fluid dumped and refilled and then the ECU reset to recalibrate the transmission. Problem sorted.

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  • Honda Jazz 2008: What's the difference between models?

    There’s a bit of detail missing from your question, Peter, but I’ll take a stab in the dark and guess that you’re talking about the Honda Jazz city car. The MY06 Jazz was, in fact, known as the GD model, while the GE you’re comparing it with was released in 2008.

    The GE was an all-new model Jazz, so fundamentally they’re entirely different cars. Yes, they share a similar mechanical specification and share a place in terms of their market segments, but beyond that, the GE is a newer design with better dynamics and superior safety levels.

    If you can afford the later GE model, then it would definitely be a better car.

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Honda Jazz Dimensions

The dimensions of the Honda Jazz Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Hatchback 1524x1694x3996 mm 135 mm
2020 Hatchback 1524x1694x3996 mm 135 mm
2019 Hatchback 1524x1694x3996 mm 135 mm
2018 Hatchback 1524x1694x3996 mm 135 mm
2017 Hatchback 1524x1694x3996 mm 135 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda Jazz Dimensions

Honda Jazz Fuel Consumption

The Honda Jazz is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.2L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
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Honda Jazz Wheel Size

The Honda Jazz has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 175x65 R15 for Hatchback in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 175x65 R15 175x65 R15
2020 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda Jazz Wheel Sizes

Honda Jazz Boot Space

The Honda Jazz SUV has a boot space size of 354 Litres.
Honda Jazz Boot space
Shown above are boot space details for the Honda Jazz 2019.

Honda Jazz Interior

Key to the Honda Jazz’s interior appeal are its ‘magic’ rear seats, which can be stowed with the bases folded up, or the backrests folded down, for the flexibility to carry large loads. Up front, you will find a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen in the dashboard as seen in these images, with features such as a HDMI input and AUX socket. Honda tries to spruce up the interior with touches of leather trim across the dashboard in higher grades, as well as gloss-black accents.

 

Shown above are interior details for the Honda Jazz 2019.

Honda Jazz Towing Capacity

The Honda Jazz has maximum towing capacity of 1000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Hatchback 800kg 1000kg
2020 Hatchback 800kg 1000kg
2019 Hatchback 800kg 1000kg
2018 Hatchback 800kg 1000kg
2017 Hatchback 800kg 1000kg
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Honda Jazz Seats

The following Honda Jazz comes with five seats, including Honda’s “Magic Seat” folding system. The VTi variant is available with Black fabric seat trim. Premium Black fabric trim is available on the VTi-S, with Black leather appointed seats reserved for the VTi-L.

Honda Jazz Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Honda Jazz 2019.

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