Honda Jazz Hybrid undercuts all other Aussie hybrids at A$22,990

As with other Honda hybrids, the new-to-Australia Jazz Hybrid undercuts its nearest competition — in this case the Toyota Prius C — and in the process becomes Australia’s cheapest hybrid vehicle.

The 1.3-litre petrol engine and electric motor can work in concert to deliver 72kW of power and 167Nm of torque. Power is sent to the Jazz’s front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is rated in official testing at 4.6L/100km in the city, 4.5L/100km out on the highway and 4.5L/100km combined.

By itself the electric motor can generate 10kW of power and 78Nm of torque, although, as with other Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) systems, electric only motoring is only provided at very low speeds (below 8km/h in our experience), stopped at the traffic light or cruising downhill. An 8 year warranty covers the nickle-metal hybrid battery pack that powers the electric motor; there’s a 6 year anti-rust warranty, while the rest of the car is covered by a 3 year/100,000km warranty.

Car spotters will notice that the Jazz Hybrid is distinguished from other Jazz models by its unique clear plastic grille and silver coloured LED tail-lights.

Other standard features on the Jazz Hybrid include power windows and mirrors, climate control air-con, 6 airbags, traction and stability control, 15-inch alloy wheels, space saver spare wheel and tyre combo, steering wheel that adjusts for tilt and slide, cruise control and 10 cupholders. As with other Jazz models, the Hybrid features the company’s innovative Magic Seat system, which features underseat storage, split-fold rear bench, and fold flat and fold forward rear seats. Carrying capacity with the rear seats up is 223 litres and 722L with the seats down.

The audio system has 4 speakers, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, auxiliary jack and USB port, CD slot, and AM/FM radio.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]