Drive – Honda Jazz Hybrid Review

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Pros

seating flexibility

Spacious and interior

Respectable city-car

Easygoing around-town nature

Tyre grip only

Hybrid system not as fuel-sipping as

Bluetooth functionality not great

boot floor reduces

Saving lots of fuel especially high on the agenda of motorists. Witness the lack of of the early breed of electric While we apparently like the of doing away with fuels and plugging in to keep our running, we’re a lot more to pay for it.

But hybrid cars – team a regular engine an electric motor – transgressed that price gap to the where such fuel are now serious considerations. Enter the Hybrid, which (for is the most-affordable hybrid on the market. the fourth hybrid from the maker, selling alongside the Hybrid, Insight and CR-Z.

The Hybrid doesn’t look different to the regular Jazz – other than a grille – which is why there are ”hybrid” badges prominently.

What do you get?

At the Jazz Hybrid lays to being the cheapest hybrid on the albeit by just $1000. But $2000 more than the non-hybrid VTi-S that the regular Jazz range.

Its is similar, with climate-control cruise control, USB input, alloy wheels, six airbags and control. There’s also but it looks an afterthought, with a controller bolted to the pillar to the of the windscreen. It also doesn’t neatly, requiring volume to be made from that rather than the audio volume knob, as is the case most cars.

There is no reversing camera parking sensors are optional), to be fair isn’t par for the course in the class, but it would have a nice sweetener to offset the The full-sized spare tyre of Jazzes has been replaced by a space saver.

What’s

Jazz drivers won’t be by changes with the Hybrid. said, it’s coming off a base. The plastics and presentation are a above most of the competition and a functionality that works

The instrument cluster is special, a green glow turns to depending on how economically you’re which effectively comes to how hard you press the accelerator.

Thoughtfulness extends itself to the of the cabin, too. The back flip and fold with and in a way that makes it easy to odd-shaped items or give more space. You can effectively the Jazz into a mini or fold only one side for items.

It’s a very seating execution.

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And while isn’t always …-friendly on the position of the front seats, better than many and brings headroom that’s above average.

The boot, is compact – even so than the regular Jazz due to the concealment of batteries; luggage is reduced from 337 litres to

Under the bonnet

The Hybrid the Jazz’s basic 1.3-litre (some Jazzes get a 1.5-litre) and it with an electric motor and pack to assist the motor. most hybrids, the Jazz’s motor can’t drive the car on its which means you’ll have the hum of the engine once on the only when stopped, or from stopping, does the automatically shut down.

Performance is more than and brings more spark the regular Jazz, especially at engine revs, where the of the electric motor provides city-car shove. There’s a 167Nm, which in itself is special but being available just 1000rpm gives it an over city-car rivals. It well with the continuously transmission (CVT) automatic, is quick to match the driver’s with an appropriate engine

Being a CVT, it also without the traditional gear

But despite the additional output, the batteries and electric motor it has more weight – 65 kilograms all up.

Claimed consumption is 4.5 litres per 100 well below the 6.6L/100km and figures for regular Jazzes. to use between 6L/100km and 7L/100km (it only regular unleaded) in driving around town. a non-hybrid Jazz would use upwards of 9L/100km in similar it will quickly lead to

Assuming you’re travelling 15,000 kilometres a year, it give you upwards of $500 in savings.

On the road

Light and a tight turning circle turning circle is 40 centimetres than that of the regular give the Hybrid the requisite around city streets, there’s a litheness to its manner. The power-steering assistance lacks the of some of the better city taking the edge off otherwise manners.

Noise suppression isn’t to the standards, with a constant from the tyres as speed Tyres optimised for fuel result in a decrease in grip. The skinny 175-millimetre hoops take much provocation to

Verdict

The Jazz doesn’t all the benefits we’ve come to from hybrids, with modest fuel savings. But it on a fantastic city-car package. of it as a better Jazz rather the most-affordable hybrid going.

And lies its biggest challenge convincing buyers it’s spending $2000 more the most expensive Jazz.

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