Car review: All that Jazz and more

The new Jazz is the first Honda here to have a hybrid system which allows it to be driven in electric mode.
The new Jazz is the first Honda here to have a hybrid system which allows it to be driven in electric mode.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The high-compression engine of the Jazz 1.5 e-HEV has a lot more torque than its non-hybrid twin as well as its predecessor.
The high-compression engine of the Jazz 1.5 e-HEV has a lot more torque than its non-hybrid twin as well as its predecessor.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - The new Jazz is the first Honda here to have a hybrid system which allows it to be driven in electric mode. All its previous hybrid systems acted solely as power assistants which complement the engine.

But unlike the Toyota hybrids, which can also be driven in emission-free mode, the Honda hatchback's combustion engine does not cut in too readily, allowing it to cruise silently for longer periods and at higher speeds.

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