2012 Honda Jazz Review

2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid 1.4 from Israel

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic


Reliable, roomy, cheap to run, but underpowered


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This is my second Honda, the first one being a Honda Civic LS saloon.

This is my first Hybrid with a CVT gearbox, not as good as a conventional automatic, but certainly a lot better than that awful I-Shift. My main problem with the car, is its lack of power. When I need to put my foot down to overtake on the motorway, the engine screams with high revs, but the car doesn't move very fast; I suppose that this is an inherent problem with a CVT gearbox.

I had previously driven cars, both the Honda Jazz I-shift and Toyota Corolla MMT, and they were truly horrible to drive, with jerky gear changes, rolling backwards at traffic lights, and I understand quite unreliable as well.

My car is made in Japan, is quite comfortable, roomy and quiet inside with very clever storage and seating options.

All in all, I am very satisfied, if a little disappointed with its performance potential.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2013

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review