Try Honda Jazz Crosstar: you always travel (or almost) with zero emissions

Try Honda Jazz Crosstar: you always travel (or almost) with zero emissions

Try Honda Jazz Crosstar

The new generation of Honda Jazz is a response from the Japanese brand to the growing need for sustainable mobility. A product that in the Crosstar set-up offers trendy solutions: SUV look, good technological and connectivity equipment, excellent roominess and very low consumption. Especially in the city, where you frequently travel without consuming a drop of fuel. Prices for Honda Jazz Crosstar start at € 27,150.

Compared to the common set-up, Crosstar adds aesthetic details that increase its presence and tone on the road, making it effectively similar to a crossover. A type of bodywork now very popular, even (and above all) by those who often travel to the city. The lines are however quite slender, with few stylistic virtuosity and a rather linear but convincing development. The technical structure has been improved, with the adoption of McPherson at the front, a rear torsion bar and the use of high-strength steels. Introductions that have made it possible to improve rigidity by 13% compared to the previous model.

The driving position is rather raised and the overall dimensions can be perceived with good precision. Habitability is very good and even the two rear passengers will not struggle to find the correct and most comfortable position. The interior has been finished with good care: the plastics are of quality and do not give back an economic feeling; the seat covers, certainly not refined, are soft and welcoming. The organization of the space remains rational and ergonomic, in typical Japanese style.

Honda enriches the new generation of Jazz with state-of-the-art technological equipment: the instrumentation is entirely digital on a 7 ″ screen. Here you can check the travel information, from speed, range, energy flow, consumption. The graphics are of good quality but it is not possible to customize the screen. At the center of the dashboard, a 9 "screen makes its debut for the infotelematics system: it takes up the logic of use already seen on Honda and, with a very simple and intuitive structure. is among the best. However, the program supports the Apple Car Play and Android Auto protocols, to see the applications of your smartphone replicated. The real protagonist of the Honda project, however, is the hybrid system integrated into the vehicle. Here the relationship between the thermal and electric engine is almost reversed: the structure relies on a 1.5-liter four-cylinder 98 Hp which supports two electric units of 70 kW and 80 kW. The first structure is mainly used as a generator, the more powerful electric motor instead delivers energy to the wheels. The system power is only 109 Hp, because the heat engine actually works only as a generator for the electric units.

In most cases, the ignition of the heat engine regenerates the electric charge and up to 60 km / h you always travel in electric gear. In the city, therefore, in most cases we find ourselves with decidedly positive consumption: on average, the distance, in these conditions, never drops below 25/26 km / l. Only by venturing into fast-flowing stretches or motorways, the heat engine distributes energy to the wheels allowing motion. Even in this circumstance, fuel consumption remains positive with an average mileage of around 17 km / l.

The automatic transmission is a CVT optimized for hybrid use, no particular uncertainties or turbulence are noticed when traveling by electric motor; with the thermal engine on, however, the operating logic tends to drag the rotation speed too far until it stabilizes with an annoying acoustic interference that filters into the passenger compartment. Facing fast-moving sections, comfort is good and the provision of complete driving assistants allows you to experience long and demanding journeys with serenity. The driving dynamics are fairly accurate, the stiffening of the structure has made it possible to improve stability and response to stimuli; the steering is soft and precise, designed for city driving and the suspensions absorb any roughness very well.

During the test a total of about 660 km were traveled, the on-board computer reported an average consumption of 4,5l / 100km. An extremely positive value that demonstrates when Honda's hybrid structure is designed to offer the motorist the greatest possible efficiency.

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