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HONDA Jazz Hybrid

Honda Jazz Hybrid first drive

Ahead of wheeling out the revised Jazz petrol powered range and the all-new Hybrid versions for the public to start buying on the 1 March with a brand new 11 registration plate, Honda aired their new line-up to the media last week and the following is a step by step guide to the new range.

The established 1.2-litre and best-selling 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines have benefited from some small reductions in CO2 values and improved fuel economy.


The 1.4-litre manual variant with manual transmission has emissions starting at 126 g/km, down from 128 g/km, and uses 51.4mpg on the combined cycle.

This means a VED road tax charge of £0 for the First Year and £90 per annum after that. The fuel sipping 1.2 litre engine uses 53.3mpg and also drops two grams of CO2 to 123g/km so the VED charges are the same as the larger unit. Prices for the 1.2 Jazz start from £11,295.

Honda Jazz 1.2 89bhp

The smaller 1.2-litre, 89bhp/84lb ft unit is very free revving and eager but it is linked with a five speed manual transmission. For a little less noise on the open road a six speed gearbox would bring benefits in noise reduction and fuel economy.

But priced from £11,295 this is a very affordable way into the Jazz supermini range. My rural test drive resulted in a real-life fuel economy of 46.5mpg. Top speed is 110mph, 0-62mph takes 12.5 seconds.

Honda Jazz 1.4 98bhp

The 1.4-litre 98bhp/94lb ft petrol engine is the mainstay of the range and I tried it with the re-introduced CVT auto transmission.

Many customers like this combination because it is easy to use and doesn’t really detract from the car’s performance. Indeed it is marginally more economical on fuel with a shade less CO2 emissions than the five speed manual versions.

The extra power and torque over the 1.2-litre unit makes it more relaxed and responsive for real-life driving conditions and more economical on fuel as well.

During my rural test drive the 1.4-litre model with the CVT transmission returned an impressive 50.4mpg and I wasn’t driving it in ‘doddle mode’. Top speed is 109mph (113mph manual), 0-62mph 12.8 seconds (11.5 seconds manual). Prices for the 1.4 Jazz start at £13,495 for the manual and £14,495 for the CVT auto.

Honda Jazz Hybrid first drive

The 1.3-litre petrol/Hybrid is the headline new addition to the range. This unit is the same as used for the Honda Insight Hybrid.

With Jazz Hybrid prices from £15,995 with the CVT transmission as standard it is £1,500 more than the conventional 1.4-litre petrol CVT model so out comes the family calculator to see if the sums add up for average annual mileage, fuel consumption, road tax savings versus the extra purchase cost.

Honda Jazz Hybrid performance

The petrol engine produces 87bhp/89lb ft of torque and the electric motor 14bhp/57lb ft. The extra torque makes it very responsive during acceleration from low speeds and in the cruise the power units allows the Jazz to just roll along effortlessly.

There is the ECO mode function available at the push of a button, lots of information as to power or Hybrid boost modes in operation and the dials change colour from blue to green as a prompt to fuel efficient driving.

Oh yes and little green tree symbols appear as frugal driving gets better. There is also the usual auto stop/start function as well. The official fuel consumption is 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

Top speed is 109mph, 0 to 62mph takes 12.3 seconds.

During my rural drive the test car returned 58.1mpg driven in a reasonable manner over the same route as the non-Hybrid 1.4-litre petrol CVT version. The lower CO2 emissions mean £0 VED for the First Year for the Hybrid and £10 a year after that.

Company car drivers will pay only 10% BIK tax as opposed to £15% for the non-Hybrid Jazz models. Tricky sums to be undertaken and for the record the 104g/km from the Jazz Hybrid means it doesn’t get around the London Congestion charge either.

Conventional diesel superminis such as the VW Polo Bluemotion and Ford Fiesta Econetic are cheaper to buy, return better mpg figures and have sub 100g/km emission levels as well.

The more expensive (£19,545) and slightly larger Toyota Auris Hybrid has emissions of only 89g/km and returns an official 74.3mpg.

Petrol and diesel Hybrids, plug-in Hybrids and all-electric powered vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace and we will have to embrace them but in reality the latest generation petrol and diesel engines can be just as fuel and CO2 efficient so the current hard financial choice will be even harder in the future. Time to brush up on our maths.

Honda Jazz Hybrid specification

HONDA Jazz Hybrid

There are numerous updates throughout the new 2011 Jazz range. As always being a Honda they are well built and feel very solid.

The suspension changes mean a more comfortable ride, still not perfect but better. The steering offers a little more feedback and its agility and light touch means it is easy to drive in traffic and compact to park.

A big omission though are the lack of parking sensors as standard and if you want those be prepared to pay an extra £600 for front and rear end protection. Indeed it is well worthwhile adding to your financial calculations the standard fit items and what it costs to move up the specification range.

A full ‘specced’ Hybrid HX weighs in at a costly £17,995. The lowest HE Hybrid specification includes 15-inch steel wheels, seatbelts for all five seats, air conditioning, on board computer, front and rear electric windows, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, on-board computer, paddle shift gear selector, full range of airbags and safety equipment, remote locking and hill start assist.

The latest Jazz is much improved but the Hybrid versions carry a hefty price penalty and new generation petrol and diesel competitor models are cheaper to buy and to run.

Honda Jazz MILESTONES

Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC HE Hybrid CVT.

Price:£15,995.

Engine/transmission:1.3-litre petrol engine with tandem electric motor, CVT auto transmission, 87 + 14bhp, 89 + 57lb ft of torque.

Performance: 109mph, 0-62mph 12.3 seconds, 62.8mpg (58.1mpg on test), CO2 104g/km, VED road tax £0 then £10 per annum, BIK company car tax 10%.

Insurance group:13.

Dimensions/capacities: L 3,900mm, H 1,6995mm, W 1,695mm, boot/load space 300 -1,300kg.

For: Roomy supermini, flexible use interior with easy fold rear seats and flat load floor, petrol/Hybrid power source works well with the CVT auto transmission, good fuel economy potential, low taxation costs.

Against: Expensive to buy against new lower emission petrol and diesel models, CO2 emissions higher than most ECO superminis, misses exemption from the London Congestion Charge, no parking sensors as standard.

HONDA Jazz Hybrid
HONDA Jazz Hybrid
HONDA Jazz Hybrid
HONDA Jazz Hybrid

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