A fresh in­sight into Honda’s jazzed-up hy­brid launch

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE ma­jor change for the 2011 Jazz is the in­stal­la­tion of the hy­brid 1339cc-litre petrol and elec­tric power pack and CVT gear­box from the (cur­rent) In­sight – al­ready pre­viewed on these pages. Priced from £15,995, it is the cheap­est hy­brid in Bri­tain.

It is made in Ja­pan but Swin­don makes the other Jazz mod­els. The sus­pen­sion has been re­set for a more cos­set­ing ride and leather is a rare op­tion in this sec­tor – an at­trac­tion for the per­son com­ing out of a more lux­u­ri­ous larger car.

The con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion re­places the two-pedal robo­tised i-shift man­ual gear­box which own­ers (and the press) gave the thumbs-down. The re­vi­sions im­prove econ­omy and tailpipe emis­sions.

Prices for the non-hy­brid mod­els (all five-doors) start at £11,295 for the 1198cc Jazz 1.2 S. The 1.4 Jazz (ac­tu­ally 1339cc) opens at £13,495 for the ES, or with CVT gears £14,495. At present, I am un­con­vinced that the Hy­brid is worth its price pre­mium.

For en­gi­neer­ing rea­sons, it misses the 100g/km CO2 rat­ing by just 4g, mean­ing com­pro­mised its seat­ing and lug­gage ver­sa­til­ity.

Honda’s Mon­deo, the Ac­cord, has set­tled into a mi­nor part on our roads. Sales are a few thou­sand a year sa­loons – mostly diesel and sold for com­pany use, and half as many es­tates – bought mostly by owner-driv­ers.

There have been sub­lim­i­nal vis­ual changes (check the slightly nar­rower smile from the grill and the new lights) and, once again, at­ten­tion to ride qual­ity and sound­proof­ing as Honda chases the re­fine­ment tar­gets set by its Euro­pean ri­vals.

A re­duc­tion in diesel C02 fig­ures im­proves write-down al­lowances for com­pany buy­ers. This is an­other Honda with very high sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings. The 2.2-litre diesel emits 138g/km and 147g/km CO2, de­pend­ing on tune.

Prices for the 2011 Ac­cord be­gin at £21,695.

NEW LOOK: Honda’s hy­brid-en­gined Jazz

SUB­TLE CHANGE: Honda’s Ac­cord es­tate.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.