Practicality has always been a Jazz strong, not least because it’s larger than the class average. The Hybrid is no different, with five wide-opening doors for easy access and a cavernous load area - 883 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Compact yet packs in five doors
Stuffing a NiMH battery in the rear has compromised the cubbyhole in the boot floor, though - in the standard Jazz it will swallow 64 litres, in the Hybrid it is replaced by a three litre slot. There's no spare tyre - just a can of 'get you home' filler spray. Move forward to the passenger cabin and you will see that Honda has gone berserk with interior pockets and cubbyholes - I’ve seldom driven a car with so many places to put a mobile phone.
Irritatingly, the Insight’s eco-rating display that awards you digital shrubbery for efficient driving has been carried over to the Jazz Hybrid. Far more useful and less patronising is the Eco Assist illuminated speedometer, which changes from green through blue to red depending on how wastefully you drive.
Equipment levels are reasonable rather than aspirational, so if you want the handy USB connector, 15in alloys and cruise control you will need to go for the HS rather then basic HE model. Leather upholstery is limited to the top-of-the-range HX.
No matter which model you go for, it won’t be cheap. Prices start from £15,995 which is not far south of the entry-level Insight’s £16,675 - which also sits in a lower insurance category - and £1500 more than the 1.4 litre CVT model.
Like Toyota’s Auris Hybrid, Honda’s third petrol/electric model is both a conservative and expensive affair but it’s efficient for a large super-mini with a petrol engine, extremely practical and very easy to drive around town. So if you can get past the price tag it’s a sound choice. ®
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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.