«Move steering». Reluctantly you obey the order that appears in the display in the center of the dashboard, a sign that it is time to get your hands on the steering wheel of the new Jazz Hybrid under test (Crosstar version, a small SUV) after the adaptive cruise control and the Honda sensing safety has “driven” a little for us. Moreover, by drawing very clean paths and slowing down in the presence of obstacles both on the highway and in the last corners before the port of Talamone (Gosseto).

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TPAfter parking, it’s time to take stock of the over 300 km driven between Rome and the Argentario experiencing everything: from the ferocious traffic of the capital to the monotonous flow of Rome-Civitavecchia, to the narrow and rough internal roads that lead to the Maremma beaches. Sitting in a spacious cockpit on comfortable and enveloping seats, one kilometer after another, we appreciated more and more the silent and reactive hybrid system developed specifically for the new Jazz and called “e: HEV”: two powerful and compact electric motors that they work remarkably well together with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine (97 hp), a lithium-ion battery and a continuously variable e-CVT transmission.

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The maximum power supplied by the electric propulsion is 109 HP (with 253 Nm of torque, 160% more than the current Jazz). The new Jazz Hybrid goes with panache and progressivity from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 175 hours, while CO2 emissions are around 102 g / km in the WLTP cycle (110 for the Crosstar ) with consumption starting from 4.5 liters / 100 km (4.8 l / 100). In all driving conditions, the hybrid system e: HEV smoothly alternates the three driving modes: EV Drive (electric only), Hybrid Drive (the internal combustion engine powers the electric one) and Engine Drive (only internal combustion engine).

The dashboard is characterized by modern lines and a large screen Touch LED with which you can easily manage all the functions of the infotainment system which also integrates the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Personal Assistant Honda services, the AI ​​of the Japanese company that debuted with Honda and. Finally, thanks to the Wi-Fi hotspot, it is possible to connect to the car remotely via the My Honda + app.

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