Honda Malaysia (HM) launched the new City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia earlier this year, and the first few units have already begun making their way to eager customers. While there are those that have openly embraced the new the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive) technology, some still have their doubts.

To ensure the public is well informed, as well as provide better peace of mind, the company has now released a slew of details relating to not just the technology, but also what the after sales situation is like for current and prospective customers.

According to data from Japan, over 256,565 units (sales to date) of the Sport Hybrid i-DCD-equipped Fit Hybrid have been sold in the country since it was introduced in September 2013. Since then, the hybrid battery replacement ratio stands at just 0.103%, and some simple fiddling with the calculator reveals just 264 cars needed their hybrid batteries replaced.

As for the present-day Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid, HM is pulling out all the stops to provide proper after sales support to its customers. This is why both cars come with an eight-year/unlimited mileage warranty for the lithium-ion battery. Even if a battery replacement is needed (outside the warranty period), a unit will cost RM5,513, which HM claims is the most affordable compared to other car manufacturers.

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The company provided a comparison chart involving the two Honda hybrid models and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (also a CKD model), where the figures are clear for all to see – RM5,513 for the Hondas versus RM9,800 for the Hyundai. Of course, it is important to note the battery capacity on the Honda hybrids are 0.860 kWh compared to the Ioniq’s larger 1.56 kWh unit.

Other notable differences include starter battery replacement costs, maintenance costs across five years and tyre replacement costs. As the Ioniq is in a different segment from the Honda hybrids (C-segment instead of B-segment), such a comparison should be taken with a pinch of salt and retrospect.

Beyond replacing the hybrid battery, HM also claim its new hybrid models do not require any special service to maintain the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system. The standard warranty coverage (excluding the hybrid battery) is five years or unlimited mileage (Ioniq gets five years too but with a 300,000 km mileage cap), with 10,000 km service intervals, as per a regular City. Customers will also receive six free labour services at 20,000 km intervals, alternating with paid service (Ioniq gets free service for three years).

As a brief recap, both the City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid use the same Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, which is a step up from the previous Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) in terms of power and efficiency. The setup combines a 1.5 litre engine with idle stop, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an integrated electric motor, a lithium-ion hybrid battery and an electric driven compressor.

Overall system output is rated at 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque, making it more powerful than the regular Jazz or City’s 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (120 PS and 145 Nm). The claimed fuel consumption figures are 4.0 litres per 100 km for the Jazz Hybrid and 3.9 litres per 100 km for the City Hybrid. Furthermore, the hybrid battery is automatically charged thanks to the cars’ electric servo brake system for improved energy regeneration.

With all the facts and figures laid out before you, will you opt for the City Hybrid (RM89,200 OTR without insurance) and Jazz Hybrid (RM84,880) instead of their non-hybrid versions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

GALLERY: Honda City Hybrid

GALLERY: Honda Jazz Hybrid