Is the Honda Jazz a good car

Actual consumption: Honda Jazz Hybrid in the test

As a small car with a full hybrid drive, the Honda Jazz is a pioneer. Unlike plug-in hybrids, it has a battery that cannot be charged at the socket, but only via recuperation. And it can only drive short distances purely electrically.

In the fourth generation, the Japanese small car with van-like properties is also aimed at lovers of crossover vehicles. He does this in the form of the higher version Crosstar. This is the protagonist of our new consumption test. On our standard test route from Rome to Forlì, the small hybrid car only needed 3.95 liters / 100 km - an excellent result. This corresponds to German fuel costs of 4.82 euros / 100 km. The car has thus made the leap into the top 10 of the full hybrid cars tested to date.

Among the top 10 full hybrids

The new Honda Jazz e: HEV combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor with a system output of 109 hp. The technical details of the hybrid drive need not be of interest here. But just looking at the ranking of the consumption test results from Motor1.com Italy is enough to see that the Jazz Hybrid with its 3.95 liters is just as economical as the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid is even better as the front runner among small cars with 3.60 liters / 100 km.

There is not much difference to the Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid (3.90 liters) either. A comparison with pure gasoline engines of the same class shows a tie with the new Opel Corsa 1.2, which also needed 3.95 liters.

As practical as a small van, with a crossover look

The new Honda Jazz has a unique position with its short length of 4.04 meters and a van-like interior. It impresses with a good view to the outside, which is also made possible by the triangular front pillars. There is also a high, airy and light passenger cabin. The tested Crosstar version has all of this.

The Crosstar has a slightly higher body, the roof rails and the black strips below some elements in off-road style. In addition, it offers a lot of travel comfort, easy loading and high everyday use thanks to numerous storage compartments. It's a relaxed way of driving, especially in the city in the quieter suburban areas.

However, if you expect a little sportiness from the 109 hp of jazz, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, the two engines remain relatively quiet even when the accelerator pedal is pressed down to the stop for overtaking maneuvers. The e-CVT transmission does nothing to satisfy sporty drivers either.

The tested vehicle had the top equipment Crosstar Executive, which comes as standard with LED headlights and LED taillights, leather steering wheel, front and rear parking beeps, water-repellent fabric covers inside, Honda sensing assistance systems including active lane departure warning and cruise control and navigation system with 9.0- Inch touchscreen is equipped. The German price is 26,124 euros.

It is really amazing how constant the consumption of the new Jazz Hybrid is. Even if you don't pay particular attention to consumption, the little Honda always remains economical.

The result in city traffic is only surpassed by the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid: Here the Jazz needed an unbelievable 4.1 liters / 100 km - just as much as in mixed traffic in the city and in the suburbs. Consumption increases somewhat on the motorway, but the range remains large because of the 40-liter tank.

Consumption in different driving situations

  • City traffic (Rome): 4.1 l / 100 km, 972 km range
  • City-rural mix: 4.1 l / 100 km, 972 km range
  • Motorway: 6.1 l / 100 km, 652 km range
  • Fuel saving test: 3.2 l / 100 km, 1,248 km range
  • Maximum consumption: 16.0 l / 100 km, 248 km range

From the official data sheet

modelfuelpowerEmission standardCO2 emissions
(NEDC)
consumption
(NEDC)
Honda Jazz 1.5 Hybrid Crosstar Executivepetrol109 hpEuro 6d-ISC-FCM89 g / km3.9 liters / 100 km

Test vehicle data

Vehicle: Honda Jazz 1.5 Hybrid Crosstar Executive
German list price: 26,124 euros
Test date: October 23, 2020
Weather (departure / arrival): bright, changeable 23 degrees / changeable, 17 degrees
Total driven: 967 km
Average speed on the Rome-Forlì route: 79 km / h
Tires: Dunlop Enasave EC300 + - 185/60 R16

Consumption and costs

On-board computer display: 3.9 liters / 100 km
Consumption determined at the pump: 4.0 liters / 100 km
Average of these values: 3.95 liters / 100 km
Fuel price: 1.22 euros / liter (Super E10)
Fuel costs: 4.82 euros / 100 km

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And this is how we determine the consumption

If you ask a friend about the consumption of their car, they will likely give you a figure that does not claim to be scientific. Perhaps he has read the value from the on-board computer, or he has kept his fuel bills and calculated consumption from them.

We determine our test consumption in a similar way: It is the mean of the on-board computer value and the consumption determined at the petrol station. The test cars are always driven by Fabio Gemelli from Motor1.com Italy. The journalist often travels from the editorial office in Rome to his home town of Forlì (in Emilia-Romagna) for the weekend.

He deliberately drives the cars sparingly: he stays just below the maximum speed (on the Italian motorway: 130 km / h), avoids sudden acceleration and braking and drives with foresight. The test route Rome-Forlì is around 360 kilometers long and comprises 65 percent Superstrada (motorway-like expressway, speed limit between 90 and 110 km / h), 25 percent Autostrada (motorway, speed limit 130 km / h), five percent Strada Statale (federal road, speed limit 90 km / h) and five percent city traffic.

The Apennines are crossed, so the route also contains gradients. The average speed is usually 70 to 80 km / h. At the end of the route, our tester notes the on-board computer display and calculates (for cars with a combustion engine) the consumption at the petrol pump.

"From full to full" is measured, where full means: Refueling ends with the first click of the nozzle. Then Fabio calculates the mean. However, we calculate the costs based on the German prices (average costs according to ADAC at the time of publication).

For electric cars, we use the on-board computer consumption and an average electricity price of 30 cents per kWh (rounded average price for 1 kWh of household electricity in Germany according to BDEW, as of 7/2019). For natural gas and LPG vehicles, the average price is shown on www.gas-tankstellen.de.

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