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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Honda Jazz Hybrid 2012 test drive at Imavest Honda 3S Centre

Date: 7th April 2012
Time: 10am
Venue: Imavest Honda 3S Centre

Honda Jazz Hybrid

This is my first time driving a Hybrid car, a brand new experience and I'm gonna share my experience here although I'm not an expert in car reviewing.

Some of the features are as follows

1.3L I-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) 
(same as Honda Insight)

Econ Mode
for better fuel economy and reduced emissions

Jazz Hybrid VS Insight (Jazz Hybrid compare with Insight)

1. CVT Paddle Shift
7 speed paddle shift like you are driving a manual, shift your gear from D to S and feel a higher RPM. At D, you can still use paddle shift.

2. Larger legroom, larger space
the moment I sit on Jazz Hybrid my leg doesn't touch the front seat, note that I'm seating on the left passenger back seat. The seat back is slightly slanted as compare to Insight which is more stiff.
Further more, my head does not reach the top of the car
3. G-Force Control Technology (G-Con)
G-CON helps to minimise injuries by absorbing and distributing collision energy to other sides of the car. The technology works cohesively with seatbelts and airbag systems, reducing impact on the passengers. This brilliant force control design is even able to minimise injury to pedestrians in the event of a collision involving them.

4. Nicer dashboard
from my opinion, nicer dashboard compare to Insight. Although Insight has the digital speedometer, but I still prefer Jazz Hybrid dashboard.

5. Auto Wiper, High mount stoplight, 4 disc break
4 disc break as compare to Insight 2 disc break with rear break drum.
Brighter stoplight, especially at fog areas like Genting.

6. Does not have Spare wheel
Due to the battery placing, but there is Temporary Repair Kit.

7. Better Rear View
As compare to Insight. The rear view is relatively small for Insight. Jazz Hybrid tends to have clear rear view.

8. Boot space
Insight has larger boot space.

Features that Insight does not have: Side Curtain Airbags, Hill Start Assist, Arm rest, 

9. Price
Jazz Hybrid: RM94,800
Insight: RM99,800

Overall: For a cheaper price, you get more space, G Con, paddle shift but I know even for my own perception although the interior is awesome but the exterior still looks small compare to Insight. I would want a car that looks large outside.
For a reduction of RM5000, you get a smaller exterior car, more features. Worth it? See which is your preference!


Hybrid car pick up is not that efficient compare to fuel injection system, I think it is mainly due to electric motor assist. In addition, if you want to pick up like a sports car I don't think that is the concept of an Hybrid car.

Handling is good. When at sharp corner, speed at about 60-70km/h it is still stable.

Feel the difference of using Paddle Shift as compare to Normal. 
When Gear Mode S - Gear speed 7, I can reached the speed of 130km/h but needs to lower Gear to 6 to reach at 140km/h. You can still reach 140 but hardly. 
At about 120km/h if you switch back to Normal D mode, you can feel that the RPM is lower thus less power.
FYI: Manual Mode means higher RPM, more consumption of fuels.

After 120km/h, you can hear the wind blowing noise. Perhaps they need a better wind proof.

This car review is based on my opinion, please test drive yourself to experience it.
Pictures credit to
Thanks to Ryan and also Imavest Honda 3S Centre.

There will be a Honda Roadshow at following place:

3rd of April – 15th April :
Jusco  @ Balakong

23rd of April – 6th of May
Tesco @ Semenyih

15th May – 20th May
Alamanda @ Putrajaya

They will be giving vouchers for free Engine Oil to Honda Owners to be used at their Service Centres.
Some details of Honda Imavest Service Centre

20 service bays and can service up to 200 cars a day, customers have the choice to either walk in or make an appointment to service their cars.

List of services we offer besides Sales and Service :
1. Insurance Renewal (MSIG)
We do insurance/roadtax renewal for any cars (not just Honda)

2. Fuel Injector Cleaning
[Attached picture explaining the advantages of cleaning your Fuel Injector]

3. Polishing/Waxing/Disinfect & De-odorising

4. Aircond Servicing

5. Brake,Sideslip & Suspension diagnostic service
A video demonstrating the test :

Contact number :
+603-8737 8606 (General Line)
+603-8737 8909 (Service Appointment)


  1. I can only hit 120kmh on that day LOL

  2. gear 6, 140km/h not a problem! :)

  3. I prefer the Jazz compared to the Insight :D

  4. Your blog about Honda jazz is informative. It is really great work. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I have a Honda jazz which has nice feature, good interiors ,nice looks, diesel F9Q750 , 1.2l engine , mileage is ok .I have bought it in 2008. Honda jazz has good combination for space and power. It has high quality driving, good mileage, interior and exterior looks good. We really enjoyed driving this car .

  5. I bought Honda Jazz in 2014 from AutoPortal . I like it because it has great features with excellent mileage .

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