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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 $12,650, 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 $12,650 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 $12,650 $25,740
2020 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,660 $24,310
2019 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $10,340 $22,770
2018 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,020 $21,560
2017 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,580 $18,590
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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.

  • My automatic 2018 Honda Jazz is not changing gears

    There are dozens (hundreds, actually) of reasons why a modern automatic car won't accelerate through its gears properly when you take off from a standing start. These can include sensors, wiring, fuses, mechanical issues within the transmission and even an on-board computer that has lost the plot.

    While the Jazz uses a CVT transmission rather than a conventional automatic with planetary gears, the Honda still makes use of hydraulic transmission fluid to operate its torque converter and effect the gear ratio changes as you drive. So, keeping the correct grade of fluid at the correct level is critical.

    In most cases, the best bet is to take the car to a workshop that knows this make and model and have it scanned electronically for clues about what's gone wrong. This will ultimately be the quickest, cheapest way to find out what's wrong. From there, you can make a more informed decision on how to proceed.

    However, if you want to be a little more pro-active, there are a couple of things to try. First, check the level of the transmission fluid. If this is low (due to a leak) then the gearbox may have difficulty shifting gears or taking off at all. The other thing you could try is to disconnect the battery from the car and leave it for at least an hour before reconnecting the battery. This forces an electronic reset and could fix the problem. It's a bit of a long shot, however, and you may have to recode your radio and reset the car's clock.

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  • How do I check if the 2005 Honda Jazz was recalled for a gearbox problem?

    The 2015 model Jazz was recalled for a CVT transmission problem which could see high internal hydraulic pressure cause an internal shaft to break, at which point the car would lose all drive. However, your 2005 model Jazz was not fitted with a gearbox with the same potential problem.

    Even though there was no recall for the 2005 Jazz's transmission, those with the CVT transmission could suffer shuddering problems which were linked to depleted additives in the transmission fluid. The solution was an improved fluid which was added to the gearbox once the old fluid had been drained and the car's ECU reset. While Honda dealers were performing this change, the problem was not deemed to be a safety issue, so no recall was issued.

    The Australian Federal Government operates a website that lists all recalls for all makes and models officially sold here. It makes for some interesting reading. You can find it here.

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  • I have a CVT transmission in my car. It has a jerky response in stop/start traffic, in Eco mode and when slowly accelerating... Is this normal for this transmission?

    To be honest, those do very much sound like the normal characteristics of a CVT transmission. The CVT saves fuel by allowing the engine to work in its most efficient speed range more of the time. That’s why, when you hit the accelerator, the engine sounds like it’s flaring. Which, of course, it is, to get into that sweet spot where it makes more power from less fuel. Essentially, the engine takes off and the rest of the car catches up with it.

    The on-board computer can also interpret a burst of acceleration as the driver wanting to press on. That’s why the car will sometimes hold higher engine revs, because it wants to be ready for the next burst. When you back off, the computer interprets that as the need for speed having passed and it drops back to cruising revs…just as you’ve noted.

    The jerkiness is another thing some owners notice, others never do. It’s all to do with the way the torque converter is calibrated. If you have any doubts, you could ask for the transmission to be scanned at the next service to see if it’s all in good condition.

    Either way, you should report your concerns to Honda now so that if anything goes wrong down the track, the problem will be listed as a pre-existing condition and will still be considered by the factory warranty.

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  • 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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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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda Jazz Pricing and Specs for 2021

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.