New car review Honda Jazz Hybrid

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David McCowen

New car review: Honda Jazz Hybrid

Honda Jazz Hybrid

This is the new Honda . It’s not the company that once sold cutting-edge cars through the exploits of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, delivered a world-beating supercar (the NSX) and published scratch and sniff performance car advertisements that smelled of burning rubber.

The new Honda painted mother earth on Jenson Button’s Grand Prix car before pulling out of Formula One, and now wants to evoke blue skies for our children as its media campaign for the new Jazz Hybrid.

At $22,990, the Honda Jazz Hybrid is the cheapest petrol-electric hybrid car on sale in Australia, undercutting Toyota’s Prius C by $1000.

It has a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine coupled the brand’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system — lifted from the Honda Insight — that produces 72kW and 162Nm.

The petrol engine shuts off when the car is stopped in traffic, a feature that contributes to an official fuel figure of 4.5L/100km and 107g/km CO2.

That represents a 32 per cent improvement over the regular Jazz auto, though the hybrid Honda uses more fuel than the similarly priced ($23,990) Toyota Prius C . which uses 3.9L/100km and generates 90g/km of CO2.

The Jazz is rare among hybrids in that it cannot move away from rest without using petrol power.

The 10kW electric motor will sometimes drive the car without help from the engine, but only once the car is at speed and only moderate acceleration is required.

The electric motor gives the Jazz a useful extra dollop of torque that helps it tackle hills without exploring the upper reaches of the tachometer.

We drove it from Sydney’s western suburbs to Warragamba Dam and back, on a variety of back roads and motorways that tested its abilities.

The car returned fuel economy of between 3.7L/100km and 4.8L/100km, the former achieved with the air-conditioning turned off.

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The five-door rides well and is quiet is capable of quiet, frugal progress on all road types.

It s a relatively inconspicuous hybrid — unlike Toyota’s Prius line — identifiable through a couple of external badges along with styling touches such as a chrome blue grille and headlight surrounds, clear LED taillights and a chrome tailgate strip that separate it from the regular Jazz.

The hybrid Jazz is a little bit less practical than its petrol parent due to the battery pack in the boot; luggage storage down by 110 litres and a space-saver spare in place of the regular car’s full-size fifth wheel.

It’s also 70kg heavier and has low rolling resistance Michelin tyres that can be prone to a squeal or two when pushed around a corner.

It has little of the drivers’ appeal held by previous generation Hondas, but that’s beside the point.

This is an affordable, reliable hybrid hatch that doesn’t feel like a spaceship and should introduce more motorists to green driving.

Hybrid cars represent a tiny fraction of the Australian new car market, and Honda aims to sell just 50 Jazz hybrids each month, a target it should easily reach.

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