FIRST DRIVE: Honda City & Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD

The year 2017 was supposed to be moderately-paced for Honda Malaysia after announcing plans to introduce no more than four cars, but the company went on to launch three surprise models – the Jazz Sport Hybrid, City Sport Hybrid and FK8 Civic Type R.

However, one can argue that the hybrid pair, which is presently the country’s most affordable hybrid offerings (RM85k for the Jazz, RM89k for the City), pretty much stole the show. The City Hybrid even earned itself two well-deserved spots in our latest Top Five edition, and for justifiably good reasons.

Here’s a quick refresher. Powering the Jazz and City Sport Hybrid i-DCD is a new 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor. Together, they produce a combined system output of 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque, numbers which tread close to what the Honda Civic 1.8 makes.

Unlike the older Jazz IMA, the i-DCD hybrid system permits driving in full EV mode, and comes with an electrically driven air-con compressor as well. Honda claims the Jazz Hybrid sips just 3.9 litres of petrol per 100 km, while the City Hybrid is a touch more at 4.0 litres per 100 km.

We’ve sampled both cars and detailed them at length, so be sure to read the comprehensive review – click here for Jazz, and here for City – if you’re deciding between the hybrid or its respective non-hybrid range topper.

For now, enjoy the video as well as the full gallery below.

GALLERY: Honda City Sport Hybrid i-DCD

GALLERY: Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD

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  • Hondaman on Jan 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    110K new Honda’s and 2018, top non-national 4-year in a row? All the best!

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    • Sidek Kamiso on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Jazz Hybrid should be much lower in price cause it benefits from tax incentives given by the Government.

      The rich enjoy it. The X5 was RM590k but with the tax incentives given for EEV Hybrid, the X5 40e becomes RM380k. Same with S400Hybrid Mercedes. Original price RM900k but tax incentive given price drops to RM580k.

      But the poor people who buy cars like the Jazz hybrid and City Hybrid see prices going even higher for the Hybrid version

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      • Malaysia Sungguh Boleh on Jan 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm

        Got nothing to write so recycling news?

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        • karam singh on Jan 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

          the hybrid is good? this shows that even though city has high power output but low end is not so much. luckily CVT helps to camouflage the lack of that. the electric motor makes it even better.

          i am a big fan of Honda but when its a weakness. it is a weakness.

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          • PlaySafeDriveSafe on Jan 14, 2018 at 7:41 pm

            I reckon both models equipped with DSG, not CVT.

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        • dragric on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

          Jazz Sport Hybrid faster than Civic 1.5T.

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        • Sohai on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:49 am

          City Hybrid price. Prices start at 1,950,000 yen (RM56,200) for the base two-wheel drive DX model, rising up to 2,409,800 yen (RM69,700) for the top-of-the-range all-wheel drive EX. Honda expects to sell 3,000 units of the Grace a month in Japan. –>

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          • Transportation cost is not free, dude.

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          • Sohai on Jan 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

            City hybrid over 100k without tax break –> only mesia who betul-betul sohai will believe… In Australia,
            Ioniq:au$23,085=rm72,522 |
            Prius:au$24,370=rm76,559 | Golf-E:au$31,345=rm98,510 |
            LexusCT200h:au$32,245=rm101,200 | AudiA3PlugInHybrid:au$39,850=rm125,190 | MercedesB-electric:au$40,895=rm128,473

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  • Kuinosan on Jan 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I think it’s time for Honda to move on and leave the current City to finish off its shelve cycle or risk being another Toyota Vios. Totally new design for the City with the existing Hybrid powertrain please. TQ

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  • Avatar 168 on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Not worth paying expensive car, when you can get P2 with Toyota engine with similar or better safety features, gadgets and so on..

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    • AxiaMildHybridWhen on Jan 11, 2018 at 12:14 am

      P2 no hybrid. This car if using engine only + 7spd transmission, cruises with 28 km/L at highway speed (68 km/h at 1300 rpm). P2 with Toyota engine only gets 20 km/L on paper. Nuff said. Pack your bags. We done.

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  • janice on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Who the heck wants to buy these outdated, hideous dinosaur H cars when the new Iriz Facelift, Malaysian Icon Myvi now back from the grave and the cute Picanto are currently available?
    Honda does not define quality and success. Full of negative reviews on their FB page. Expensive branded Jap car to buy with S*** built quality.

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    • BashingWrongTopic on Jan 11, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Show us a p2, p1 or Kia with a proper hybrid with traction battery at this price point, then you have a point. “Outdated”. Pffft. 4AT myvi/Rio/picanto since 2005, and lol “Iriz EV”.

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    • hondasux on Jan 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      If for petrol models yes they are all outdated but for hybrid Jazz it comes with the current JDM Fit DOHC Engine.
      Interior design and quality is garbage as usual for a Honda compared to the Iriz, current Myvi and Picanto.
      Good RV but quality poor AF inside out for Honda cars.

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  • Will Malaysia ever get the HR-V hybrid? Considering the success of the City/Jazz hybrid duo… I saw a HR-V hybrid at the Sg.Besi toll wearing Singapore numberplates… It did not look out of place on our roads.

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  • Ben Yap on Jan 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

    after watching the entire video, there is no shootout with the civic 1.8 even though claim to deliver similar power. performance such as century sprint or top speed may not be the same but there is no review on that.

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