4th-gen Honda Jazz debuts in Europe with lower specs, higher price
The new generation is coming in summer as a plug-in hybrid car that replaces its less economical, more CO2-producing predecessor. Naturally, this entails a price bump to €22,000 from just €17,290.
In terms of exterior styling, the 2020 Jazz looks like its Japanese twin, the Honda Fit. It packs a proprietary hybrid powertrain called e:HEV that has three operating modes and combines a gas engine and two electric motors for 109 hp (81 kW) and 253 Nm (187 lb-ft) total. The previous generation shipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder worth 130 hp (97 kW) and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft). The hybrid accelerates 0-100 km/h in 9.4 seconds (previously: 8.7 s – 12.3 s) and hits its speed ceiling at 175 km/h (previously 182 km/h – 190 km/h).
On the plus side, the new Honda Jazz consumes only 4.5 liters of gas per 100 kilometers covered, according to WLTP measurement protocols (previously: 5.8l–6.6l). It also produces much less carbon dioxide (102 g/km, previously 131–150 g/km).
The SUV-like Crosstar becomes even more expensive in the fourth iteration, now starting from €26,250. It boasts slightly larger dimensions, a plastic body kit imitating some kind of off-road padding, a contrast roof with railings, and hydrophobic interior trim. The new Crosstar PHEV consumes 4.8 liters of gas per 100 km and exhausts 110 g/km in emissions.
Inside, the digital dashboard measures seven inches across, and the infotainment display gets a size boost from seven to nine inches. The trunk size varies between 298 liters with the seats up to 1,203l with everything folded down, according to VDA standards (previously: 354l – 1,314l).
Finally, the most basic trim level now packs more safety-features than before. Refer to the manufacturer’s website for the full list.
Editor Andrew Raspopov