Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC IMA HS Hybrid CVT 5-dr
roomy five-door supermini
Jazz is currently its best-selling
model range in the UK with a 28,000
annual sales target and with 70%
going to retail customers. With over
220,000 of them sold here since its
2002 launch, its
pretty clear that so
far as customers are concerned
the Jazz plays a good tune...
PRICES RANGE FROM £11,605 to £18,750 for the petrol-powered 1.2/1.4-litre
built-in-Britain models. There's also the option of the Jazz Hybrid (which is
made in Japan) with its 1.3-litre IMA petrol/electric powertrain and priced
from £16,300 to £19,335.
I've just had a spell in the Jazz Hybrid
not the best-selling version because of its high purchase price, but they do
save money on running costs. For owners, it is just a case of doing the sums.
Another financial consideration for some motorists is the all-important feature
of an automatic transmission
and the Jazz Hybrid has a CVT autobox as standard.
official figures show the Jazz Hybrid 1.3-litre/electric-assist version will
return 62.8mpg in the Combined Cycle with CO2 emissions of 104g/km; meaning
road tax is £0 for the first year then, as an alternatively fuelled car, £10
per annum. Company car drivers will pay 11% BIK tax.
When it comes to
performance the 1.3-litre
Jazz Hybrid has the
combined petrol engine
and electric motor
figures of 100bhp,
147lb ft of torque,
109mph and 0 to 62mph
in 12.1 seconds...
When it comes to performance the 1.3-litre Jazz Hybrid has the combined petrol
engine and electric motor figures of 100bhp, 147lb ft of torque, 109mph and
0 to 62mph in 12.1 seconds.
The most significant difference to petrol-only powered models is the extra torque
provided by its electric motor, which makes the Jazz Hybrid's petrol/electric
drivetrain more responsive and smoother in the midrange
exactly the right area most drivers need for our UK country and urban roads.
The extra torque also smoothes out the gearchange steps from the 6-speed CVT
transmission; and the engine doesn't sound stressed under acceleration
a typical feature of CVTs.
My test drive in the Jazz Hybrid, using mainly its ECO setting mode and covering
the usual motorway journeys and trips into town plus country lane, was an impressive
54.4mpg. This is not close to the official figure but better in real-life conditions
than I would get from the 1.2/1.4-litre petrol models.
The Hybrid employs a fairly simple hybrid system with the electric motor element
only involved in boosting power as an assist to the petrol engine, and giving
an increase in performance and improving fuel economy. However, this still doesn't
get the Jazz into the sub-100g/km which would exempt it from road tax costs
all together as well as from the London Congestion Charge.
And neither does the Jazz Hybrid have the facility or battery capacity to allow
it to run full-time in electric vehicle only mode for zero emission zones
it can though, if the conditions are right, run automatically in electric power
only for a very short distance.
The Jazz, Honda likes to think, is targeted at young families either as their
main transport or as a second car for 'mum's family bus duties'. In reality,
from my experience, it is the older generation empty-nesters who appear to be
the main customers.
people appreciate the easy access, the comfortable seats, the ability to carry
whatever long or heavy loads they need, the easy parking, plus that it's reliable
and cost effective to run and it looks youthful as well.
The Jazz, Honda likes
to think, is targeted at
young families either
as their main transport or
as a second car for
Mums family bus duties.
In reality, from my
experience, it is the older
who appear to be the
mobile and Motability users can carry whatever walking or transport aids they
need in the Jazz's cavernous (300 to 1,320 litres) load space and, of course,
the automatic transmission is also a significant reason to purchase one; if
not the Hybrid, the 1.4-litre model will also meet their requirements.
As for fixtures and fittings, my Jazz Hybrid had the midrange HS specification
and is priced at £16,810.
For this money the specification includes automatic climate control, cruise
control, electric windows and door mirrors, fabric upholstery, front fog lights,
plenty of front, side and curtain airbags, height-adjustable front seats, adjustable
steering column, on-board computer, paddle-shift gear change, remote central
locking, 15-inch alloy wheels, and much more. Another neat touch: as a prompt
to driving economically, the well-positioned instrument panel glows green!
Against? More pricey to buy than petrol-only models, unsettled ride quality,
no facility or battery capacity to select EV driving mode only, does not get
under the important 100g/km CO2 level, no spare wheel
there's just no space for it. And while the Jazz might hit the right notes,
it can be a bit Soul-less to drive.
Reasons to buy include: Roominess, comfortable with high and supportive seating,
it's easy to get in and out, has clever 'magic' seating combinations and a large
load area with a flat floor, fuel- and CO2-efficient, low taxes. It's also agile
and easy to park.
Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC IMA HS Hybrid CVT 5-dr | £16,810
Maximum speed:109mph | 0-62mph: 12.1 seconds | Overall Test MPG: 54.4mpg
Power: 100bhp | Torque: 147lb ft | CO2 104g/km