Honda Jazz Hybrid
Third time a charm for Honda hybrid?
Review In the last 10 years, Honda has shifted over 3.5m examples of its Jazz hatchback, and now the evergreen runabout so beloved by the over-60s is getting hybrid power. Presumably, Honda, like Toyota with its Auris Hybrid, thinks a familiar exterior will prevent hybrid-fright among it’s more conservative customers.
Honda's Jazz Hybrid: relaxing urban ride
Unsurprisingly, the Jazz Hybrid uses the same power train as Honda's Insight, which pairs a 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. This uses an electric motor to add another 10kW (13.8bhp) of power and 78Nm (57.7 lb ft) of torque to the engine’s 86bhp and 121Nm (89 lb ft).
The petrol engine hits those peak outputs at 5800 and 4500rpm, respectively, but the maximum effect of the electric motor is felt much lower down the rev range at 1500 and 1000rpm giving the Jazz more low-end urge than you would expect from such a small engine and making urban driving an impressively relaxing affair.
Honda’s hybrid system is less complex than Toyota’s so silent electric-only driving is out of the question. Yes, you can potter along at low speeds with the power meter showing energy only coming from the battery, but the engine still turns over, albeit with the valves closed. And there is no magic “EV” button.
A nose for economy?
Despite being taller and more bluff than the Insight - the Jazz has a Co-efficient of Drag (CoD) of 0.33 compared to the Insight’s 0.28 - the two cars have an identical CO2 emissions figure of 104g/km, 21g/km less than the lowest-emitting 1.2 litre petrol Jazz. Being a little less slippery does have one advantage - you can actually see out of the Jazz’s rear window while reversing.
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It's nice to see the 'English as a seventh language' crowd are here practising their skills.
Re: Ah but
The Jazz has a boot, the iQ, to put it nicely, does not. That's why you might buy a Jazz. Alternatively, you could get a Skoda Fabia Greenline Estate, a regular diesel with a very large boot, and only emits 89g of CO2 per km.
@ Cucumber C Face
One important matter here is the spread of MPGs on standard vs. Hybrids
As an example your 1.4 Jazz has figures of (urban / combined / extra urban) 42 / 51 / 58 with probably the 51 figure quoted on the literature and towards the top end seen as you do mostly extra-urban (motorways). As a comparison the Hybrid Jazz gives 61 / 62 / 64 - which means you will do virtually as many miles to the gallon crawling round London as you would cruising along the M1
For you, no real difference, but for most people doing short commutes and school runs there would be potentially 30%-40% reduction in fuel use.
As for the iQ - I could only get one official MPG figure from Toyota's website - I will be generous and assume it is the combined figure - but a little research shows you many people complaining that on an urban run with passengers (adding 1 adult and 2 kids at about 180Kg will make a much bigger relative difference to a 950Kg car than a 1200Kg one) getting sub-30 Mpg. I suspect these are more based on whining than reality but there will be a grain of truth in the overall complaint of nothing like 60Mpg in real use.