Honda Jazz hybrid Review | Autocar

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Honda Jazz


is it?

This is the final piece in the puzzle that we’ve waiting for – the Jazz hybrid. It be the third hybrid model to forth from Honda in as years, after the Insight and but strangely, it was actually the first to be from the ground up as a hybrid.

to chief engineer Kohei Honda wanted to first the ‘hybrid’ waters before a petrol-electric version of its hugely Jazz.

With a positive to the Insight and the new CR-Z, they the time was now right for the Jazz.

That’s why the 1.3 litre powerplant and IMA Motor Assist) system snugly inside the tiny bay, and more to the point, why the bulky battery pack and IPU Power Unit) fit cleanly the rear floor section sacrificing luggage space.

it like?

You’ve got to look to see the exterior modifications on this new to the current lineup. Fully that the Insight returns of 84 mpg and that the Jazz’s Cd is less than that of the Insight, tells us that his team did in their power to reach same level. And they did by a slightly edgier look to the

To give the car the best aerodynamic as possible, stylists tweaked the and tail light cluster and added underbody panels. also reduced kerb by 70 kgs (compared to Insight), added a front brake design and eco tyres, which all combine to the Jazz hybrid better off the acceleration.

On the road, the difference is obvious. The lighter Jazz the Insight’s 1.3 litre 4-cylinder IMA with CVT that develops and 89lb/ft of torque at 4500rpm. But it is one second faster from than the petrol model and those herbs in a more quieter way.

“Customers paying a higher for the Jazz Hybrid will expect a quieter, more ride than that of the or current Jazz, so we had to reduce NVH admits Hitomi. To enable the to better handle inner-city driving, Honda has added a system that combines to just 104g/km of CO2.

“We a substantial amount of lightweight, fiberglass wool inside the panels to reduce engine and CVT reaching the cabin,” says And the result is surprising. The Jazz is significantly quieter at speed the current petrol version.

Pushed hard, the CVT still at high revs but the sound material works superbly to out mechanical sounds entering the Oh, and for the record, Honda are not offering the of a Jazz hybrid with the 6-speed manual. Not for the time that is.

Honda Jazz

The CVT delivers the best insists Honda. In fact, are so confident that they say the hybrid is not only more efficient at low speed city (up to 28mph) than a Polo 1.2 but that the Honda’s 104g/km is now on a par with that of the VW. Hitomi focused on revising the Jazz’s which has come under in some circles for its “waffle.” By an additional performance rod and thickening by 3mm (from 20-23mm), the Jazz’s now delivers better weight and while generating less

Should I buy one?

Well, if been looking for a Japanese that can take the mileage, and handling battle right up the dynasties of Europe, then is your machine.The Jazz offers a great ride, and at employs sharper, more handling, too.

But more that, according to Hitomi, it is the Japanese hybrid to offer a well-packaged, small hatch to B-segment diesel hatchbacks in of mileage and emissions. And that’s many potential buyers been waiting for.

Peter Lyon

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Price: £13,300 Top speed: 100mph (claimed); (claimed); Economy: 84mpg CO2: 104g/km; Kerb kg; Engine: 4-cyls, 1339cc, Power: 86bhp at 5800rpm; 89lb/ft at 4500rpm; Gearbox: CVT

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