Honda Jazz (2020-) review

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 verdict: Highly efficient master of spaciousness

The Jazz is an easy-to-drive, well-put-together package that delivers on its targets of practicality and flexibility. The hybrid power system works well, and although it’s neither the most refined or most fun-to-drive car in its class, it’s pretty economical. Safety and equipment levels are strong suits, too, helping to earn it a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Tremendous space inside
  • Easy to drive
  • Well equipped
Cons
  • Unrefined under hard acceleration
  • Pricey
  • Not as sharp to drive as some rivals

Mini Mini hatch (2014-) review

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74%

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  • Small
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: The drivers’ small car choice

This third-generation Mini hatchback is pricey, but it beats the competition hands down for performance and poise.

Pros
  • Superb cornering ability
  • Strong engine line-up
  • Better dashboard layout
Cons
  • Pricey for such a small car
  • Very small boot capacity

Toyota Yaris Hybrid (2012-2020) review

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74%

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 verdict: Hi-tech, Best Buy supermini

The Yaris Hybrid is an excellent example of this technology in action. It’s a very good small car and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Very efficient with low running costs
  • Spacious for a small car
Cons
  • CVT gearbox not brilliant
  • Some diesels more economical
  • Harsh ride

Honda Jazz Hybrid (2011-2015) review

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verdict: Highly convincing small car

The Jazz Hybrid may not be sporty to drive but it gets the basics right and is well suited to drivers looking for simplicity. Practicality remains a great plus point: although the Hybrid version loses around 100 litres of boot space due to its batteries (they’re under the boot floor), it’s still highly capacious and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Hybrid system has little impact on practicality
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to drive
Cons
  • Expensive
  • A bit noisy
  • No big efficiency gain versus petrol

Suzuki Swift (2010-2016) review

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73%

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  • Small
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Which? Best Buy

It’s a really good small car choice and gets most things spot on. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Good safety and spacious in the front
Cons
  • Small
  • Impractical boot
  • Visibility isn’t great
  • Refinement lags behind rivals

Toyota Yaris (2020-) review

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73%

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  • Available new
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verdict: Appealingly frugal small hybrid

The hybrid-only Yaris is priced higher than many of its rivals, but it should provide very low-cost motoring thanks to very good fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. Safety and equipment are strong suits, too, and it’s a very easy car to drive. It’s a deserved Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Fuel efficient
  • Easy to drive
  • Well equipped
  • Safe
Cons
  • Not very refined
  • Pricey
  • Some rivals are more practical

Honda Jazz (2008-2015) review

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72%

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verdict: Versatile, practical small car

A spacious cabin and well-designed seats help make the Jazz feel bigger than it actually is. The clever folding rear seat system only increases that practicality. Honda improved the harsh ride quality of the original Jazz in this model, and it’s easy to drive – if not quite as sharp as class-leading rivals.

Pros
  • Great packaging
  • Comfortable seating
  • Well made
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Expensive for a small car
  • Bit noisy
  • Not terribly economical

Mazda 2 (2015-) review

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71%

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verdict: Likeable and well-equipped, but practicality is lacking.

The Mazda 2 is a decent small hatchback, offering a pleasing interior and good equipment levels with a premium ambience. It’s decent to drive but doesn’t feel class-leading in any area. It’s not very roomy for rear passengers and you may tire of the stiff ride.

Pros
  • Spacious up front
  • Safe
  • Well-equipped
Cons
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Cramped rear legroom
  • Poor braking performance

Mini Coupe (2011-2015) review

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71%

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verdict: Fun and feelsome

Performance and handling are excellent, though it lacks practicality.

Pros
  • Pin-sharp handling
  • Strong performance from petrol and diesel engines
Cons
  • Harsh ride
  • Restricted visibility
  • Cramped feel to the cabin

Honda Jazz (2015-2020) review

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verdict: Small car practicality embodied

Practicality is the main reason to buy a Honda Jazz. From massive amounts of passenger space to Honda’s clever magic seat system, the Jazz’s ample storage and versatility puts it in competition with much larger cars – and together with its good reliability, makes this car a Which? Best Buy. However, we were disappointed by the underpowered 1.3-litre engine, and while the newer 1.5-litre is noticeably quicker, it’s also very noisy.

Pros
  • Huge boot
  • Clever magic seat system
  • Safe
  • Easy to drive if opt for CVT
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Pricey by small car standards
  • Not particularly fuel efficient
  • 1.3-litre is underpowered
  • 1.5-litre is noisy

Mini Electric (2020-) review

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 verdict: Electrifyingly exciting small hatch

With full electric power, the Mini Electric lives up to its Cooper S billing by offering tremendous fun, in terms of both performance and handling. It’s refined to ride in and benefits from a great cabin, too. If you can live with its restricted range and limited carrying capacity, it’s a great choice.

Pros
  • Superb cornering ability
  • Strong performance
  • Pleasant cabin
Cons
  • Limited range
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Tiny boot capacity

Suzuki Swift Sport (2018-) review

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69%

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  • Small
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Fun to drive, less so to sit in

The Swift Sport is cracking fun to drive, and is about as sporty as you can reasonably expect a car to be at this price. It’s well equipped, too, including all the desirable active safety kit that much of the regular Swift range does without. The main compromise is in its firm ride quality – this is a car for those who put driving dynamics over passenger pampering.

Pros
  • Hugely entertaining to drive
  • Well equipped
  • Safety pack fitted as standard
Cons
  • Plasticky trim
  • Relatively small fuel tank

Peugeot e-208 (2019-) review

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verdict: A stylish and well-equipped small EV

The new e-208 is a great new addition to the growing EV supermini class. With a reasonable driving range, it will be ideal for urban drivers looking for a premium-feeling small electric model with a modicum of practicality. It can’t quite match the best small hatchbacks we’ve tested for passenger space or driver engagement, but it holds plenty of appeal, not least due to its easy-going, refined driving experience.

Pros
  • High-quality interior
  • Well-equipped
  • Nippy acceleration
Cons
  • Infotainment complex to operate
  • Inconsistent ride comfort
  • Tight rear passenger space

Toyota Yaris (2011-2020) review

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 verdict: Excellent in most regards

This third-generation Yaris is a very good car overall, and it’s very reliable, too. It’s safe and easy to drive, if not the most engaging car in its class, and comes well equipped as standard.

Pros
  • Roomy interior
  • Safe
  • Easy to drive
  • Long warranty
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Rivals have better luggage space
  • Firm suspension (especially pre-2014 models)

Vauxhall Corsa (2014-2019) review

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67%

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verdict: Decent, affordable small car

On the outside, not much appears to have change with this new version of the Corsa. But step inside and the difference is more obvious. Also, the driving characteristics are much better than before, too – new suspension makes the car more compliant in the corners and has had a big improvement on ride quality. Overall it’s enough to earn this generation of Corsa a Best Buy rating.

Pros
  • Affordable running costs
  • Improved interior quality
Cons
  • Diesel engine efficient
  • Wide turning circle

Volkswagen Polo GTI (2010-2018) review

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verdict: Sporty and fun

The Polo GTI is fun to drive, with a fantastic engine. Its well-engineered chassis is also very safe. The Polo GTI remains very comfortable, at least for those in the front. But with a small boot and a tight rear cabin that can only really fit two adults comfortably, it does have its drawbacks.

Pros
  • Superb engine
  • Well built
  • Spacious
  • Safe
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not as thrilling as a Fiesta ST
  • Noisy on motorway

Suzuki Swift (2017-) review

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67%

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  • Available new
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verdict: Fun to drive, good-value small hatchback

The Swift is easy and fun to drive, but not as sharp to steer as the likes of the Mini or Ford Fiesta. Owners who want lots of room should look elsewhere, as luggage space is tight. The updated model benefits from autonomous emergency braking as standard across the range, meaning this model can now be recommended.

Pros
  • Nippy around town
  • Well equipped
  • Four-wheel drive available
Cons
  • Three-star Euro NCAP score on early models
  • Plasticky trim
  • Not much luggage space

Volkswagen Polo GTI (2018-) review

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verdict: A mature-feeling performance hatchback

The Volkswagen Polo GTI takes a grown-up approach to high performance. Rather than assaulting the senses with rock-hard suspension and twitchy steering, the GTI simply offers more power and the hardware to effectively use it on the road. It doesn’t spoil the easy-going nature of the regular Polo. For some, this lack of focus may be off-putting, but if you just want to inject some fun into your daily drive, the Polo GTI fits the bill.

Pros
  • Spacious and practical
  • Powerful and responsive engine
  • Secure road-holding
Cons
  • Small fuel tank
  • No manual transmission option
  • No roof grab handles

Peugeot 208 (2012-2019) review

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 verdict: Beware fuel efficiency claims

Peugeot needed to up its game after the disappointing 207 – and it did. The 208 hatchback is roomy, refined, and well equipped, as well as being good-looking and value for money. Its fuel economy was short of Peugeot’s claims in our tests, however, and it’s still not the sharpest drive.

Pros
  • Comfy and refined
  • Good value for money
  • Hi-tech kit
Cons
  • Not most practical or fun to drive
  • Wide turning circle

Skoda Fabia (2015-) review

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verdict: Fun yet practical small car

The Fabia is a fun little hatchback to drive, while also being refined and comfortable. It offers slightly more space in the boot, too, compared to the model it replaces, boosting practicality.

Pros
  • Easy and safe to drive
  • Roomy interior
  • Low pollutant emissions
Cons
  • <div>Turning circle could be tighter
  • Pricier than previous generation</div>