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Malcolm Flynn road tests and reviews the new Honda Jazz Hybrid, with specs, fuel economy, and verdict.

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Honda’s Australian hybrid artillery has swollen to four models with the recent addition of the Jazz Hybrid, complementing the existing Insight, Civic Hybrid, and CRZ petrol-electric hybrids.

Arriving more than four years into the second-generation Jazz’s model life, and more than two years after its Japanese debut, the Hybrid forms a new flagship for the local Jazz lineup, sitting atop the existing petrol variants.

Staring Toyota’s Prius C straight in the eye for hybrid light hatch supremacy, the Jazz sits a clearly strategic $1000 beneath the Toyota at $22,990, making it the current cheapest new car in Australia to wear a hybrid badge.

The Hybrid also carries a $2250 premium over the otherwise top-line petrol Jazz Vibe S, so the Hybrid’s green cred doesn’t come free.

Like the Vibe S, the Hybrid comes stocked with climate control, USB connectivity, and bluetooth telephony, but is the only Jazz without a leather steering wheel.

Curiously the Hybrid lacks the leather-wrapped steering wheel of petrol Jazzes, and joins its brethren in doing without a large multimedia screen and bluetooth audio.

Is the Jazz Hybrid therefore worth $2250 more than the petrol Jazz Vibe S? Many potential buyers will be lured by the green aura of the hybrid badge alone, but this is far from the sole reason to go petrol-electric.

In fact, it would take about 68,000km (with fuel at $1.50/l) for the Hybrid’s fuel economy advantage to balance out the extra outlay over a petrol Vibe S, or about four years of average driving.

The Jazz Hybrid can be identified by its clear taillights, chrome rear trim, blue-tinted headlights and grille, with the rest of the body matching the entry Jazz Vibe, without the more aggressive bodykit and larger 16-inch alloys of the petrol Vibe S.

On the inside, the Jazz is well known for its useful interior space, thanks to its carefully disguised miniature van profile.

There’s plenty of room for four average-size adults, with typical Honda-firm seat cushioning the only concession to comfort worth mentioning.

The hybrid batteries are mounted beneath the boot floor, causing a 114l reduction in cargo capacity, and eliminating the flat load floor with the rear seats folded.

Seats up, there’s still a useful 223l of space available, and the Jazz’s brilliant 18-way adjustable rear seats are unaffected. So, you can still carry around tall potplants that would otherwise require a bigger SUV or van.

Overall, the interior design has aged well, with hard-wearing plastics and cloth on several touch points.

The hybrid’s power consumption display is nestled within the driver’s instruments — which makes it more difficult to show off your green credentials to passengers than the larger displays of most hybrids.

To create the Jazz Hybrid, Honda has shoehorned the bigger Insight’s 1.3 litre petrol/10kW electric/CVT auto drivetrain into the plucky Jazz, adding just 68kg over a 1.3L auto Vibe S.

This means combined outputs of 72kW/167Nm with max torque available from a lazy 1000-1700rpm thanks largely to the electric motor’s zero rpm torque peak.

It may be relatively torquey, but the Jazz’s electric motor contributes just 14 per cent to its combined power output, compared with the Prius C’s 61 per cent electric assistance.

It may be Australia’s cheapest hybrid, but it’s not the most efficient, with its marginal electric assistance contributing to a combined figure of 4.5l/100km, using 0.6l more than the Prius C. The Honda’s figure is still more than 2.0l/100km better than any other automatic Jazz however.

Like other Jazzes, the Hybrid carries a five star ANCAP rating, thanks to its front, side and curtain airbags, plus stability and traction control, Brake Assist, and electronic brake force distribution.

In terms of drive experience, the Jazz Hybrid does an excellent job of battling the urban grind.

From rest, the Jazz’ electric motor helps the petrol motor to get off the mark quite well, and its modest outputs are plenty for ferrying around town.

The low rpm torque delivery means that there’s rarely much fuss from under the bonnet around town, and it’s only when pressed or faced with high-speed inclines that the Jazz Hybrid’s CVT auto will start to buzz or ask for more revs.

Open-road performance is adequate, but high speed climbs combined with the hybrid’s near-1200kg weight mean the Jazz won’t be winning the Pike’s Peak hillclimb anytime soon.

Like other hybrids, the petrol engine cuts out when stationary or coasting to conserve fuel, and its efforts to regenerate electricity when braking results in typical-hybrid variable brake feel.

This feel doesn’t noticeably affect the Jazz’s actual stopping performance, braking well on test despite being the only Jazz to use drums on the rear.

Similarly, the Jazz’s steering is typically electric numb, but is nice and light for parking manoeuvres.

Ride quality is surpisingly relaxed for a light hatch, with the extra weight of the batteries behind the rear axle contributing to a more planted feel than petrol Jazz models.

The Jazz Hybrid is hard to justify on pure economic terms, but the its around-town ease of progress eclipses any petrol Jazz, and maintains the Jazz’s diminutive size yet spacious interior balance. And you can still carry tall potplants in the back.

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