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Honda Jazz Hybrid CAR review

By Ben Pulman


03 May 2011 13:45

You usually hybrids with Toyota and but not Honda – Honda makes VTEC engines, right? the torque-rich nature of electric mean they’re ideally to a synchronous life with a engine that produces at high revs. And with the of the new, facelifted Jazz, has squeezed an electrified powertrain its sensible supermini.

It’s the fourth hybrid, which Honda offers as many models as Lexus in the UK, and more Toyota. But things are a little not content with having the Insight as the cheapest hybrid on in the UK, Honda has now undercut itself and flog you the mechanically similar Hybrid for £680 less.

So how does the new Honda Jazz differ from the Honda

Both utilise the same petrol engine, electric and CVT gearbox, but thanks to a lower, shape, the Insight is marginally and greener: 64.2mpg and 101g/km 62.8mpg and 104g/km. Honda’s for the Jazz missing out on the tax-free smug grin-inducing) sub-100g/km is that such a feat have necessitated a bigger set of Still, you can hardly keep up the Joneses if your prospective new car as saintly as their pious .

However, on paper it looks against other Jazz No diesels are available, but the 1.2-litre 53.3gmpg and 123g/km, the 1.4 achieves and 126g/km, and a CVT-equipped 1.4 is a marginally with 52.3mpg and 125g/km.

How the Jazz Hybrid drive?

sharing the engine and electric with the Insight, the experience is raw and raucous, though the CVT ‘box means the engine drones at high rpms when you And while the CR-Z coupe weightier steering and a low-slung position, a stint in the lofty with its pensioner-friendly light will come as a bit of a shock.

Inside you get the same green-is-good/blue-is-bad dials as the Insight, and the same of fledgling saplings that can be grown if you’re light on the or instantly devastated if you’re a foot. It’s a constant that how you drive can be as important as you drive.

Of course, what you counts too, and if you use the Jazz for urban driving then it makes sense: it stop/starts and a dirty, NOx-emitting diesel. But the rarely switches into EV and no matter where you’re you’re always lugging those weighty batteries.

Hybrids may make sense to an company like Honda, but in we’re taxed on CO2 not NOx, so a diesel supermini like a Econetic or a Polo Bluemotion cost less to buy, to tax, and return better figures. And the extra this version of the Jazz costs and above its conventional petrol-powered will take time to as well, if it will actually the improved fuel figures it in laboratory tests. Plus the Hybrid is imported from rather than being in Swindon, so if you’re honestly eco then you need to factor in the that come with the transport.

What else is new on the new Jazz?

The Hybrid arrives just as the has endured a mid-life ‘lift, and adopts drag-reducing bumpers, resistance rubber and (yes, more aerodynamic brake while blue-tinted lights this electrified version.

The Magic Seats remain, and a reclining function, but the 70kg pack in the lower section of the means the clever double-decker space is lost. Still, the Hybrid’s 300 litres of space is only to the conventional Jazz.

The new Honda Jazz Hybrid is the hybrid in the country, but if money, CO2 or green are your concerns there are other solutions. If you have the cleanest Jazz we’d recommend it, but even there’s little wrong a conventional petrol-powered Jazz.

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