New 2020 Honda Jazz e hybrid specifications, prices and economy

A brand new Honda Jazz is set to arrive in 2020, coming with hybrid power as standard and in off-road style Crosstar form

James Wilson
Nov 18, 2019

The Honda Jazz isn't the most exciting small car, but it has long been one of the most practical, easy-to-drive compact cars, with tonnes of space for passengers and all sorts of luggage - thanks to rear seat bases that fold up, allowing you to load bulky items in the boot or where the seats would normally be.

Honda Jazz fans need wait no more as the next-generation 2020 Jazz has officially been revealed. While performance specifications will be released closer to the Jazz’s launch date, Honda has confirmed that all models will be hybrids as standard and that there will be a off-roader style Crosstar variant added to the range. Prices are yet to be confirmed but order books are due to open halfway through 2020.

While superminis such as the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio capitalise on their youthful, stylish character, the Jazz has always been a little different. It offered customers an easy-to-drive vehicle which was incredibly practical, and the formula doesn’t look to have changed for the new model – evidence of this is the fact Honda’s rather useful 'magic seats' - with those seat bases that fold up as well as seat backs that fold down - have been carried over.

Quick facts

  • New crossover-inspired Crosstar variant
  • 'Magic seats' are once again available
  • Hybrid powertrain as standard
  • Order books expected to open mid-2020

Much like most other manufacturers, Honda is pushing to have a wide range of electrified cars in the next few years. This doesn’t necessarily mean Honda will only sell all-electric vehicles, hybrids are an important part of the plan, too.

The new Jazz is the first to carry Honda’s new e:Technology branding which will eventually feature right across its range of electrified vehicles, which aim to offer the prospect of improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

 

2020 Honda Jazz specs and models

Honda has only confirmed one trim variant so far, and that is the crossover-inspired Crosstar model. It features a mild ride height lift, roof rails, black cladding around their wheel arches and water-resistant upholstery, which gives it a tougher, more SUV-like feel.

Apart from that Crosstar variants are expected to be the same as other Jazz models. Even though Honda hasn’t officially confirmed trims and specifications, the bulk of its current range is offered as S, SE, EX or Sport trim. Whether the next-generation Jazz will follow this trend remains to be seen.

2020 Honda Jazz prices and delivery dates

With European order books anticipated to open mid-2020, it seems likely that deliveries will begin before the end of 2020. Prices are as yet unannounced, but back in 2010 Honda did launch a hybrid model of the then-new Jazz.

It carried a hefty price tag around £5,000 more than the entry-level petrol Jazz. This is normal, as hybrid cars have a lot of complex engineering under their bodies with batteries and an electric motor in addition to a normal engine. The outgoing Jazz starts just shy of £15,000 but the addition of a hybrid powertrain as standard would suggest this is going to rise for the new model, with a starting price of around £17,000-£18,000 more likely.

2020 Honda Jazz economy and performance

Honda is keeping details of the 2020 Jazz’s economy and performance under wraps – most likely while it puts the finishing touches on it before sales start next year. As a result, any suggested figures are merely conjecture, but the previous hybrid Jazz can be used as a yardstick.

With that in mind, the old 2010 Honda Jazz Hybrid came with 113hp. This translated to a 0-62mph time of 12.3 seconds. Furthermore, economy and emissions were claimed to be 62.8mpg and 104g/km.

It would be natural to assume a new model would trump its predecessor in every respect, however, emissions and economy tests have become much more challenging since 2010. This means that the official economy and emission figures might be slightly worse on paper, but out in the real world they should be better.

Similarly, while the old model’s performance figures are anything but spritely, many cars of this type aren't particularly fast. After all, the Jazz is designed to be a practical runabout, rather than a sports car.

As the 2020 Jazz will be offered as a self-charging hybrid it doesn’t come with a charging time. This is because its electronics are there to assist the petrol engine - and get topped up when braking instead of you plugging the car in - rather than the other way around. For a refresher on the different types of hybrids, take a read of our dedicated hybrid article.

2020 Honda Jazz rivals and alternatives

While the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is the only hybrid supermini currently on sale, this is due to change in the next few years. For starters, Toyota is releasing a new Yaris Hybrid in 2020 and then there are a number of other manufacturers wading in on the hybrid supermini market. A prime example of this is Renault, which will shortly be launching a hybrid version of its popular Clio.

Toyota’s 2020 Yaris Hybrid and the Jazz largely differ in their design. While Toyota is aiming for a more youthful-looking vehicle, Honda is very much sticking to its roots with a practical vehicle that will likely be favoured by more mature motorists.

Away from hybrid rivals, the Jazz has the tough job of pulling buyers away from the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza. None of these can hold a candle to the Jazz when it comes to practicality, but the reverse has been true for previous versions of the Jazz when it comes to driver enjoyment.

2020 Honda Jazz technology

You can’t have a new car these days without a veritable mountain of technology and the 2020 Honda Jazz is no exception. For starters, the traditional driver dials that show how fast you're going and engine speed have been replaced with a seven-inch digital display.

Similarly, there is a nine-inch central touchscreen display which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. For staying connected on the move, Honda will offer the new Jazz with a WiFi hotspot.

Furthermore, the next-generation Jazz will be treated to Honda’s suite of safety gear called Honda Sensing. This includes autonomous emergency braking (which works in the dark), adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and blindspot monitoring.

2020 Honda Jazz design

Back by popular demand are Honda’s 'magic seats'. These won’t read your mind or saw you in half, but they will allow motorists to adapt the rear seating area (by folding flat the backs of the seats or flipping up the bottoms) to help accommodate loads of varying shapes and sizes.

Other things to note in the cabin include a retro-looking two-spoke steering wheel and de-cluttered ventilation controls featuring three prominent dials.

Outside, the new 2020 Jazz is somewhat toned down compared to the outgoing model and if anything, looks more like a natural successor to the old old Honda Jazz rather than the model about to go off sale. As a final note on styling, Crosstar models get a unique slatted front grille.

2020 Honda Jazz luggage space

As the outgoing Honda Jazz is amongst the best in class for luggage space (offering up to 1,314 litres of cargo area with the rear seats folded flat) the new model has big shoes to fill.

Whether Honda improves upon this with the 2020 model will remain to be seen, but one thing is for sure Honda will be keen to keep practicality levels as high as possible, since this has long been one of the Jazz's real selling points.

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