All-new Honda Jazz goes hybrid only

Published: 23 October 2019

► New Honda Jazz supermini
► Hybrid power and Crosstar model
► On sale in Europe in mid-2020

This is the new Honda Jazz, revealed both at the 2019 Tokyo motor show but at a European event in Amsterdam. For the first time ever, Honda’s supermini will be hybrid only.

The Jazz isn’t the only Japanese supermini to focus more on hybrid power. It’s too early to say that whether the new Toyota Yaris (a close rival to the Jazz) will be purely hybrid, or make use of the two available petrol engines is has in its portfolio in Europe.

Anyway, the new Honda Jazz will go on sale in Europe in mid-2020 with a Crosstar variant, too.

Hybrid only, you say?

Yup. It’s far from the first time since Honda released a hybrid model, with the brand saying there’s now much more of a focus on combustion-electric powertrains. Honda wants all of its cars in Europe to have hybrid power by 2022. 

The Jazz itself has been a hybrid in previous generations, but it’s a bold step to solely use that powertrain. The only issue for now is that Honda haven’t really released any specs for the Jazz's powertrain yet, only that it's a two-motor system and that it'll have ‘EV-like’ driving dynamics. We’ll update in due course.

Honda Jazz interior

The Jazz was always a practical thing…

And so is this one; it’s tidy inside and, naturally, full of storage cubbies. Honda’s also used some interior design techniques from the upcoming Honda e city car, including a new two-spoke steering wheel and digital instruments. 

Also, for the nerdiest Honda fans, the brand has kept the ‘Magic Seats’ in the rear (unlike the Civic), meaning the seat bases can fold up as well as fold flat.

You mentioned a ‘Crosstar’?

Honda Jazz Crosstar

Think of it as a Jazz Allroad, but it’s all just for show. Now low-range ‘box or all-wheel drive, just chunkier looks and raised ride height.

The new Honda Jazz will go on sale half-way through 2020.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches