Honda announces specs for new Jazz
12 February 2020
Author: Illya Verpraet
Honda has confirmed that its Jazz supermini will go on sale in summer with a hybrid powertrain as standard.
The Jazz e:HEV will have a system output of 110hp from its 1.5-litre petrol engine and the electric motor-battery combo. This results in a 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds.
Customers will get the choice of a standard hatchback body style and a rugged, pseudo-SUV version called the Crosstar. The hatchback will emit 102g/km of CO2 and do 62.8mpg, while the slightly less aerodynamic Crosstar will emit 110g/km and do 58.9mpg.
Note that these are WLTP numbers, obtained on the newer, more accurate test cycle. From 6 April, the WLTP CO2 figure will be used to calculate BIK tax. As such, the hatchback will incur 23% of BIK tax, while the Crosstar will be in the 25% band.
The Jazz e:HEV is a full hybrid (not a plug-in hybrid), but the way it works is rather different from most hybrids such as its rival the Toyota Yaris. Just like its big brother the CR-V hybrid, it will always use electric power at low speeds as it has just a single-speed gearbox.
To top up the battery, the petrol engine can act as a generator. At higher speeds, a clutch will lock up so that the engine drives the wheels directly, while also being assisted by the electric motor.
Practicality should be one of the Jazz's strong points, as it gets the 'magic seats' also seen in the HR-V. This allows the rear seats to be completely flipped back to create a large, versatile space behind the front seats. Of course, they can also be folded flat in the normal way. With all the seats up, the boot measures 298 litres, while with the seats down, the Jazz has 1203 litres of load volume.
On the connectivity side, the Jazz gets a redesigned infotainment system with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as a voice control-based 'personal assistant'.
Finally, Honda has given the Jazz a host of new active safety features, centred around a new, wider, higher-definition camera, replacing the previous camera and radar setup. It enables automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist to be standard across the range. Blind spot monitoring with cross traffic monitoring is standard on 'Executive' grades. Furthermore, there are automatic high beams, as well as an intelligent speed limiter which recognises road signs.