Review: Honda Jazz EV (2012)

Honda Jazz EV (2012): At A Glance

The Jazz EV concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November 2010 and hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production battery electric vehicle, the Fit EV, which will be introduced to the U.S and Japan in 2012. The all-new plug-in hybrid platform showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.

The EV Concept is designed to meet the daily driving needs of the average metropolitan commuter and utilises the same 5-passenger layout found in the popular Fit hatchback (known as Jazz in the UK).

The Honda EV Concept will achieve an estimated 100 mile driving range per charge using the US EPA LA4 city cycle. Driving range can be maximised by use of an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid. In addition to this, the Honda EV Concept will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximising battery range.

Alongside the Honda EV Concept will be a prototype Honda charging stand, providing a glimpse at the future of an electric-charging infrastructure that is easy to use and intuitive for consumers.

What does a Honda Jazz EV (2012) cost?

List Price from £14,600
Buy new from £11,557
Contract hire from £123.61 per month

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Choosing a replacement hatchback

I live in deepest, darkest Wales and need to replace my diesel Volkswagen Golf. It will not pass the next MoT and I'm looking for a used (or possibly new) hatchback within a budget of £12,000. I drive up to 6000 miles per year, with the longest journey being a weekly 30 mile round trip. I daily carry two border collies in the back and occasionally have to carry an ancient relative, aged 94, in the front seat so access needs to be easy. My heart says another Golf, but what does your head say?
The best new bargain is the Dacia Sandero 90TCe Ambiance at £7395, or the Dacia Sandero Stepway 90TCe from £7995. But £12,000 might get you a nearly new Honda Jazz, Ford B-Max, Hyundai ix20 or KIA Venga, all of which are fairly upright and offer easier entry and egress to an elderly person.
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