Those looking for a compact hybrid car without a plug can choose from several cars. Such as the hybrid versions of the Honda Jazz, the Mazda 2, the Renault Clio and the Toyota Yaris shown here. But which hybrid car should you have if you are looking for a spacious car?
Our compact hybrid quartet feels right at home in heavy traffic. With a length of 4.10 meters, the Honda Jazz is the longest test car, and at 1.80 m the Renault Clio is the widest. In short: dimensions that allow you to work well in tight parking garages. The fear that the compact external dimensions also lead to tight internal dimensions appears to be unfounded. The Honda Jazz in particular offers an unprecedented amount of space for a car in this segment.
“The Honda Jazz offers an unprecedented amount of space for a car in this segment.”
Two adults can comfortably sit on the back seat of the Honda Jazz. The high body almost makes you feel like you're in a bigger car Honda HR-V. The Mazda 2 and the Toyota Yaris, as identical twins, are also relatively high for a compact hatchback. The Renault Clio is 6 centimeters lower than the Yaris. However, you hardly lose any headroom. However, legroom is tight on the back seat of the Clio. But that also applies to the Yaris, and therefore also the Mazda 2.
If you want a flexible luggage compartment, you cannot ignore the Honda Jazz. The Honda has a trick that you won't find with the competition: the so-called Magic Seats. By folding up the rear seat cushion, you have plenty of space, from the floor to the headliner, to transport large house plants, a complete garden set or even a mountain bike.
If you want to use the entire loading space, the backrest of the rear seat can be folded down into two separate parts (as with the three other test cars). The Honda then has 1205 liters of luggage space to offer. The three other cars do not exceed the cubic meter with the rear seats folded down.
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The Honda Jazz also managed to win the 'engine and transmission' test item. The e:HEV system consists of an electric motor, a four-cylinder Atkinson engine and a second electric motor, which has a transmission for power transmission.
Sounds complex (and it is), but the great thing is that the occupants experience very little of the interplay between the individual parts. Usually the electric motor takes the lead, and the Honda Jazz behaves like an EV.
When you demand more power from the drivetrain (which delivers a maximum of 122 hp), the petrol engine starts to interfere with the drive via the electronically controlled e-CVT. Despite its ingenious technology, the Honda Jazz is not the most economical hybrid car in the comparison test. You can read which one it is in the sub-report below.
Read the full test of the compact hybrid cars Auto Review 02/2024.
This post was last modified on February 9, 2024 6:09 am
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