Honda Jazz Hybrid (2011 – 2015) Review

Honda Jazz Hybrid (2011 – 2015) At A Glance

3/5

+Spacious and high quality interior. Easy to get in and out of. Retains 'Magic Seat' versatility. Officially capable of 62.8mpg.

-Expensive list prices. Emits 104g/km of CO2 so not free to tax. CVT box smooth but this is no sports car.

Insurance Groups are between 16–17
On average it achieves 88% of the official MPG figure

While hybrid cars were once seen as a bit of a leftfield choice by many buyers, they are becoming more popular, reflected in the increasing choice of hybrid models on the market. The combination of a petrol engine with an electric motor, improving both performance and efficiency, works especially well for larger cars. Even Porsche has got in on the act with two hybrid models - the Cayenne and Panamera.

The challenge is making the technology work on smaller cars where the margins in efficiency are so much tighter and where traditional petrol combustion engines are the norm. Step forward the Honda Jazz Hybrid. Surprisingly it's the first hybrid supermini - beating many if its rivals, none so more than Toyota - to that accolade.

The cleanest Jazz uses the same powertrain as the Honda Insight - a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine combined with a CVT gearbox, with an electric motor sandwiched between the two to create a parallel hybrid system. And just like the Insight, the Jazz Hybrid is capable of running on the electric motor alone at low-speeds. It's ideal for city driving with a smooth and seamless gearbox - the CVT replacing the unloved i-SHIFT automated manual in the Jazz range - and will return a claimed 62.8mpg.

The only fly in the ointment is emissions - at 104g/km it doesn't qualify for free VED. But as a suburban car it's still a better choice than a diesel as there's no diesel particulate filter, plus to its quiet and relaxing to drive. Add in great flexibility with the clever Magic Seats - the best seating system around - plus a well built and easy to use cabin, and the Jazz Hybrid has plenty going for it.

However, what will put many off is the price. The Jazz Hybrid starts at a shade under £16,000 rising to £19,000 for the top version. That's a lot for a Jazz especially compared to the standard 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol models, both of which are already very economical.

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Honda Jazz review.

Real MPG average for a Honda Jazz Hybrid (2011 – 2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

88%

Real MPG

42–65 mpg

MPGs submitted

105

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How long will the battery last in a Honda Jazz Hybrid?
"I'm thinking of buying a new Honda Jazz Hybrid. My only concern is the lifespan of the batteries powering the motors. I intend to keep the car for 10 or more years so what's the likelihood of the batteries lasting that long? "
Batteries from older hybrid and electric cars seem to be standing the test of time. Honda has found that the battery in the Civic IMA (from 2002) usually lasts 10-14 years, and no replacements have yet been needed for newer models such as the Insight and Jazz Hybrid. The battery in the Jazz is covered by a comprehensive warranty for the first five years or 90,000 miles – whichever comes first.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I regularly drive the Honda Jazz Hybrid in B mode?
"I drive a new Honda Jazz Hybrid and I’ve read that a lot of people drive using B mode up to 45mph for almost one peddle driving. Will this damage the engine or transmission in the long run?"
It won't cause any damage, in fact it will prolong the life of your brake discs and pads by providing most of the car's stopping power. All it does is reverse the direction the electric motor spins – so it produces electricity from kinetic energy of the car slowing.
Answered by Russell Campbell
I have a damaged car to trade in, should I get it fixed first?
"I need to change my 2017 car but I had a bump recently and wonder if I should get it mended or trade it in as it is. I've loved the Yeti, but it's started to have a few problems lately so I'd like to get a more reliable car. I've had Skodas for years now and really like them, but they don't do a Fabia as a hybrid, which is what I was looking at. I'm not averse to changing makes, I just need a reliable car — preferably a hybrid that I can get my granddaughters' massive car seats in easily. My budget would be around £25k max. Thank you for any help and advice you can offer."
It's probably worth getting the damage repaired first – depending on the extent of the damage, you might be able to get a relatively affordable smart repair done. A damage-free car creates a better first impression and will increase the price offered in part exchange. We'd recommend a Honda Jazz Hybrid as a replacement for your Yeti. It's a really practical small car that'll be reliable and cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest a small, economical car to replace our old diesel?
"We feel that we need to sell our beloved Land Rover Freelander 2 because it's a diesel. We've started to look for a car which won't cost a fortune to own and run for the next three years. There's nothing wrong with our car, it's just the scary news going about at the moment, which is pressuring us into changing. It's worth about £7500 or so. We'd like to get an EV, but they're expensive to buy and depreciate rapidly. There's just two of us and our two small dogs, so anything with rear seats that's economical to run while we're saving for an EV in a few years will work. We don't do many long journeys and don't need to commute, but I'm a keen driver and can't deal with anything sluggish."
EVs don't do long journeys unless there are adequate charging points on the way, and even then the problem can be both the queue to charge and the time it takes to charge. Instead of refilling with fuel in five minutes, you can be stuck at a service area for four hours, and on top of that have to pay excess parking charges for being there for more than two hours. Meanwhile, get a Honda Jazz and they are so practical you will probably want to keep it. You might even find a Jazz hybrid.
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