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Honda Jazz Hybrid (2013)
The addition of a Hybrid variant to the Jazz range should spark extra interest in a model that’s getting a touch long in the tooth.
Those looking for greener motoring options will welcome the newcomer as it’s now the cheapest hybrid model in the local market, undercutting the Toyota Prius C by $1000.
Its fuel economy and emissions are laudable, but aren’t quite as lean and green as the Toyota’s though.
Like the Insight, Jazz Hybrid utilises Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist technology with primary power from a petrol engine aided when required by a compact electric motor. Performance-wise, it never really feels underdone in city and urban areas.
Maintaining highway speeds isn’t a drama either, and there’s even something left up its sleeve for passing.
Jazz Hybrid is an easy car to drive, and offers a thoughtfully laid-out interior and controls. The bluetooth system switches mounted on the right ‘A’ pillar were the exception, looking like an ‘add-on’ and feeling a little awkward to use compared to a fully integrated system.
Jazz is surprisingly spacious for its size, though the change to a hybrid has robbed some boot space; around 114 litres by Honda’s figures.
Like other Jazz models, the Hybrid features the highly practical Magic Seat system, allowing the rear seat to fold in a myriad of combinations for load carrying duties.
Easy to drive, price, practical, reduced fuel use and emissions
Space-saver spare, reduced boot capacity, bluetooth system location
Climate-control, 15” alloys, auto stop/start system, cruise control, bluetooth, CD, Honda Magic Seat system, cloth trim, tilt/reach adjustment, security alarm
Dual front/front side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners
||Light Over $20,000
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||1.3-litre, i-VTEC petrol, 4-cyl. (plus electric motor assist)
||72kW @ 5800rpm
||167Nm @ 1000-1700rpm
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.