New Car: 2011 Honda Jazz

Honda has released the first details and prices on its facelifted Jazz supermini - and confirmed that the hybrid version of the car will reach UK dealers next February.

The revisions include a mild restyling, particularly at the front end, that’s designed to reduce the Jazz’s drag co-efficienct. The car’s Cd figure falls from 0.336 to 0.330. The cabin gets chrome trim on the dashboard, plus the option of leather seats on higher-spec models.

The basic engine line-up, of 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrols, remains unchanged, although small tweaks to both powerplants bring minor reductions in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The 1.4 manual now emits 126g/km and returns 51.4mpg (combined), while the 1.2 delivers 123g/km and 53.3mpg.

The hybrid model shares much of its powertrain with the Insight. It offers combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

In addition, Honda is bringing back a CVT option that was available on the first-generation Jazz. The transmission is standard on the hybrid, and an option on the regular 1.4 petrol model.

Other mechanical revisions include new suspension settings - claimed by Honda to “increase ride comfort and improve handling” - and changes to the steering set-up to improve feel.

The base 1.2 S Jazz will cost £11,295 (including 20 per cent VAT) when the range goes on sale on 1 February, although you’ll need to add £700 to that to get air conditioning. The CVT models start at £14,495, and the base Hybrid HE costs £15,995.
Thanks to: Autocar
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