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HONDA Jazz Hybrid

Joel Helmes reviews the Honda Jazz hybrid.

For most people the term ‘hybrid’ summons up images in their mind of the Toyota Prius. But we should remember that Honda has also championed the petrol-electric option just as strongly.

In 2013 the Honda range boasts four models with hybrid power-trains – the CR-Z, Civic, Insight and the Jazz. I have had the opportunity to drive them all and was probably left most impressed by the Jazz.

What it is a good, honest and well-built little car that really suits the hybrid option and with pricing set at just $22,990 it’s a car that makes a great deal of sense.

Under the bonnet is a 1.3 litre four-cylinder mated to an electric motor – combined the output is 65kW and 121Nm. Now, that may not sound like a lot but I was actually quite impressed by how well the Jazz moves along, even in Eco mode.

The standard CVT also help deliver a surprisingly smooth and agile drive. As with the other hybrids in the Honda range when asked to work a little harder the noise and harshness does increase and this does take a little of the polish off what is an otherwise quite refined hybrid drive system.

Not surprisingly fuel economy delivered by the Jazz hybrid is impressive – I easily managed about 5.3L/100km in city driving, the official combined figure is 4.5L/100km.

On the road the Jazz offers exceptionally nice steering, a great turning circle and a generally favourable ride. Body roll in the corners however is a touch pronounced.

The external styling is crisp and attractive, it’s also helped along by nice 15”alloys which come as standard on the hybrid model.

Inside the cabin the Jazz has a quality look and feel about it. The seats are a touch firm though and the bases could be a little more generously sized, this is something you will notice if you’re a bit taller.

Taller people though will enjoy the generous headroom in the Jazz, though legroom front and back, boot space and cabin storage areas are probably slightly less than average for this size vehicle.

Comfort would also be increased with the addition of a centre armrest.

The Jazz offers a modern, well laid out dashboard and I enjoyed the speedometer colour changes which tell you what the hybrid system is doing i.e. blue means the petrol engine is at work, green lets you know the batteries are providing the power.

HONDA Jazz Hybrid

The driver info screen is a touch dated but is easy to read and navigate around.

Visibility is excellent from the driver’s seat and this is only helped by some really nice sized wing mirrors.

One major downside with the Jazz though is the exclusion of satellite navigation and a reversing camera, as with other Honda hybrids the air-conditioning also tends to lose its chill when the engine start-stop function switches down the petrol motor when the vehicle is stopped.

The Bluetooth system too appears to be a bit of an afterthought.

On the safety front the Jazz delivers a five star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up, the Jazz hybrid offers many positive qualities – including; great fuel economy, nice build quality, good safety and a bit of personality too.

Sure, you could save a few dollars opting for either a non-hybrid Jazz, or a model from another car company, but at just $22,990 the hybrid Jazz does make a very strong argument.

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