Honda trumpets Jazzy fuel economy

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2009 Honda Jazz

With the recent release of the MY09 Honda Jazz the Honda PR department conjured up the Urban Fuel Economy Challenge at national media launch last week. The results are now in! During the challenge, both 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre versions of the all-new Jazz returned pretty damn impressive consumption figures of just 5.1 litres/100km across a 60km drive through suburban Melbourne.

That’s better than Honda’s published ADR81/01 figures of 5.8l/100km and 6.4l/100km for the 1.3-litre manual and 1.5-litre manual respectively. Apparently the national average consumption figure for Australia’s vehicle fleet is 11.4l/100km, so naturally Honda is pretty pleased with itself, coming in under half that national figure. The 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine produces just 138gCO2/km when fitted with the manual transmission. However, you may be surprised at how those numbers stack up against another small hatch. Read on…

2009 Honda Jazz

Honda Australia Managing Director and CEO Yasuhide Mizuno said, “The all-new Jazz is a smart choice for owners and the environment. The fuel economy benefit of the market’s shift to smaller cars means substantial hip-pocket savings for every owner, with consequential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced future dependency on foreign oil reserves.”

Fuel economy aside, the all-new Jazz hasn’t hit many high notes over at CarAdvice, with the car’s lack of ESP and more tech-savvy auto coming under scrutiny from the site’s readers. Moreover, with Honda sounding off so loudly about the Jazz’s consumption figures, which are impressive no doubt, but they do make the new MINI John Cooper Works figures look pretty clever. Sure, on paper they don’t match the Jazz, but the JCW’s fuel consumption of 6.9l/100km and CO2 emissions at 165g/km are not far behind.