The fourth generation Honda Jazz Supermini switches to full hybrid power while maintaining the same practical benefits.A huge number of Honda Jazz owners mostly remain loyal to the brand, and buy updated models, and the new Honda Jazz hybrid 2019-2020 model year, which will be discussed today, seeks to maintain their loyalty. But the Japanese brand also needs to attract newcomers to its smart compact superminis, so the decision was made to move to a full hybrid powertrain in the latest generation. In addition, there is a small SUV-style version of the Crosstar that is designed to play on the Nissan Juke and Captur pitch. The good news is that despite all the new battery technology, the passenger compartment is still as flexible and practical as ever.
What does it look like
The new Jazz is the first car in Honda’s current lineup to run on hybrid equipment only, but it won’t be the last. The fully hybrid i-MMD system, first introduced on the CR-V, has been more compactly packaged for this model. And the designers have worked to ensure that the power plant does not interfere with the design and layout of the interior.
Honda agrees that a new typical (youth) audience may need to participate in a hybrid concept (we all strive to protect the environment), and expects this to happen rather quickly. So what is offered to the buyer? Let’s find out.
The Jazz comes with only one HEV powerplant. It’s an all-hybrid unit — as smartly electrified as the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, not lightly electrified like the MHEV unit you can now order from a Ford Fiesta to assist the main engine. The difference is important because a full hybrid can rely on battery power for much longer, especially in urban environments.
In this case, it is a 108 horsepower 1.5-liter engine that uses two electric motors and a compact lithium-ion battery as partners. The internal combustion engine sends power through a smart fixed-gear automatic transmission, which Honda says is smoother and more efficient than the belt-driven CVT that Jazz has previously (and the one Toyota uses in its hybrids).
Basically, the whole setup is a scaled-down version of the 2.0-liter electrified engine used in the CR-V hybrid, and there you can choose between driving modes. Most of the time behind the wheel of this Honda Jazz you will be in a «hybrid drive» that combines the engine and battery in the most efficient way, while simultaneously recovering electricity from deceleration and saving it for future use.
The EV Drive mode forces the Jazz to run on electric motors (although it can only do this over very short distances). And the «Drive» setting combines the power of a petrol engine with instant torque from an electric motor for maximum performance. In this mode, the e: HEV setting gives the Jazz an acceleration time from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 175 kilometers per hour.
Design and build
Honda has changed almost everything that is possible on the outside, but it’s still the same Jazz. It remains slightly convex and non-aggressive, but some of the details are now a little more daring. Up front, the A-pillars are engineered to improve forward visibility, and there are a couple of larger headlights and a heavier bumper than the old model. It is still quite compact, measuring about 4 meters in length.
At the rear, the vertically positioned lights of the previous model give way to more conventional horizontal lights. Opt for the Jazz SUV-inspired Crosstar trim and get roof rails, increased ground clearance, black plastic wheel arch liners, two-tone paintwork and a bespoke grille in an effort to bring more powerful and brutal crossover character to this supermini.
Inside are wider, more firmly stabilizing front seats that are supposed to reduce fatigue on long trips, and the dashboard has a more minimalist, less cluttered look. The central touchscreen of the media information complex is designed in the style of a smartphone and includes wireless mirroring on the smartphone «Apple CarPlay» / «Android Auto». The tidy is a digital instrument cluster. Perhaps the best news is that Honda’s clever ‘Magic Seat’ design sits at the rear. This allows owners to either fold the rear bench or fold the seat bases to create a more spacious cargo area. The boot capacity is 298 liters with the rear seat in place — or 1,203 liters when folded.
Prices start at £ 19,000 for the entry-level SE option. You’ll need another £ 1,200 to get the SR midrange trim, while the most expensive EX variant costs just under £ 21,500. Best version — Jazz Crosstar will set you back £ 25,500.
Standard features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic high / low switching, as well as mirroring on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones. Black paint will be a free option by default, and six other paint shades are also available. The Crosstar version is available exclusively in two-tone combinations with a high-gloss black roof.
Infotainment and communication capabilities benefit from a much improved voice command system, Honda’s «Personal Assistant», first introduced in the small Honda e. Basically, it is a next-generation voice control system that can respond to several commands: for example, «Ok, Honda, find me an Indian restaurant with Wi-Fi and free parking.» After that, suitable parameters are displayed on the central touch screen of the front panel, after selection, you can plan a route to your favorite destination.
For the 2020-2021 Honda Jazz hybrid, the manufacturer also offers the latest version of its Honda + smartphone app, which includes remote locking and unlocking of the vehicle, as well as smart geofencing, which alerts the owner if the vehicle leaves a predetermined area. geofences «. Plus it is possible to send travel information from the app to the car’s navigation system.