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Honda CR-V Hybrid


Published on 11 March 2014 06:18

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Honda has played with the latest Jazz, the basic formula the same but and refining the car’s detailing. As a it’s a little better more efficient, even to live with and better to There can be no denying it’s a accomplished package.


still trying to figure out why happened. The Honda Jazz by all established rules, have the sort of cheeky supermini car by twenty and thirtysomethings. Instead, it the sort of car you wouldn’t think of into without a disability a travel blanket and two Werthers to be taken four times a

Yes, it was easy to own, to get in and out of and easy to drive, but since have the younger generation up on an easy life?

The Jazz has improved since its low-key in 1984. That model lasted a year before and we then had to wait until to get the bigger and better version was the foundation for the model’s success. car was replaced in 2007 with an car that didn’t look different but which offered a flexible seating system and efficiency.

The latest Jazz is a refinement of car with incremental tweaks across the board.


One Jazz tradition prevails. search in vain for a diesel Honda instead playing a engine line up that of an 89bhp 1.2-litre unit, a more zesty 99bhp model and a clever petrol/electric version which uses from the Insight to offer drivers something occasionally to glide around in.

All three have one thing in common. uncannily smooth and the transmissions are beautifully engineered. Go for a manual and you’ll have a car that want to flick up and down the box for the fun of it, while the dual-mode CVT automatic can set it as a quasi-7 speeder if you tire of the rising and falling drone of the CVT mode) is extremely effective and efficient than a conventional with torque converter. out of the Jazz is excellent and this model improves ride and aims to reduce wind at speed via some aerodynamic

The steering has been adjusted to a bit more feel at motorway

Design and Build

Honda has for an evolutionary rather than design update; sleeker and rear bumpers as the key styling The bumper and air dam assemblies have been designed to reduce as the airflow passes over the body and to avoid turbulence the air detaches from the rear. styling improvements aid aerodynamic on all Jazz models helping the Cd to fall from 0.336 to

The projector headlights also the latest Jazz a sharper

Inside there’s additional and the option of leather, which the cabin feel a little upmarket and the instruments have revised with orange unique to the petrol powered while the Hybrid version blue lighting to differentiate it. The of the dashboard materials (already good) has also been

Otherwise it’s much as The retention of Honda’s ‘Magic system — where the seats can be folded down the footwell in one fluid motion the headrests in place — is welcome. Lift up the rear cushion against the rear back and there’s a tall space in the rear seat for items like plants.

model also gets seats which now recline to increase rear passenger

Market and Model

Prices in the £11,000 to £18,000 bracket, more than you’d pay for rivals like Ford’s or Vauxhall’s Corsa. Still, a difference you’ll probably get in a higher resale value the time comes to sell.

Instead of the sprawling line up of engines and trim levels are offered by rival manufacturers, likes to keep things simple with its models. The has one bodystyle and two mainstream petrol with a select group of options. Standard equipment a CD stereo with MP3 compatibility and volume control.

The petrol-engined follow an S, ES, EX trim walkup the hybrids are badged HS, HE, and HX. Leather are standard on the Jazz Hybrid in HX and available as a £1,250 option on the petrol EX model.

Safety has a major concern in the design of the Jazz. The car features Honda’s ACE structure which works to avoid crash situations larger vehicles ride up smaller ones. Standard equipment looks very with dual front and airbags plus full curtain airbags on all models.

of Ownership

Honda has worked at the economy and efficiency of the Jazz but the made aren’t huge. The engine manages a combined economy figure of 53.3mpg and dioxide emissions drop to Choose the 1.4-litre petrol with a manual gearbox and the are pegged at 126g/km while economy is a still creditable

The Hybrid is the model to look for if keen on reducing day to day bills, average of 62.8mpg and emitting Your savings will be larger if most of your takes place in the city, the Hybrid’s electric advantage to the fore.

The Jazz has always well in terms of residual largely because the mature profile means that are usually serviced on the nose, sympathetically, cover low mileages and destroyed by kids or borrowed by


Honda has long a company that follows its own refusing to be swayed by short-term trends and with the Jazz, it has hit a formula that Understandably, it has reluctant to make radical to something that works so Which is why this generation plays safe. The only is that so subtle are the upgrades, may fail to appreciate the work has put in.

The current Jazz will to appeal to its core market of owners looking for an easy reliable vehicle, but the hybrid may well reach out to a new group of who want a smart eco vehicle doesn’t sacrifice practicality for credibility. In summary, the Jazz be ‘sticking to the knitting’ but I suspect it’ll do very well as a

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