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Explore Lush Ireland in the Honda Jazz Hybrid

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Since their invention several decades ago, vehicles have occupied a special place in people’s lives thanks to the various purposes they serve, ranging from everyday usage to being status symbols. Technological advancements have since transformed them from simple transport machines to sophisticated contraptions such as the Honda Jazz car, which packs a lot for its size and cost.

As vehicles have changed, so too have lifestyles and aspirations, with many people nowadays aiming to enjoy the finer things in life, such as the ability to explore new places. For example, those wishing to discover what the Republic of Ireland has to offer could choose to explore the country’s roads in a hybrid vehicle such as the Honda Jazz, whose features are sure to make their journey as enjoyable as possible.

Designed to be compact on the outside, yet spacious and versatile on the inside, the Jazz Hybrid is the perfect vehicle for such trips, especially if going into narrow country lanes, which may require a keen eye and expert navigation. Thanks to the vehicle’s short nose and rear-end, motorists can look forward to enjoying the advantages offered by its incredibly tight-turning circle. This also means they can squeeze into the smallest parking spaces should such a need arise.

The third-largest island in Europe has a lot of unique attractions to offer visitors and so too does the Jazz Hybrid car. Because of the vehicle’s longer wheelbase and compact engine bay, those driving through Ireland can relax knowing the car’s ample cabin space for both driver and passengers will not leave them feeling cramped a few miles down the road. At the same time, its generous and flexible storage options will ensure they have enough room to stash away their belongings.

And should they come across a particularly big souvenir while visiting Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, the Honda Jazz’s folding magic seats and 883 litres of boot capacity (when the seats are down) should prove handy for getting whatever it is back home. There is an innovative two-tier shelving system in some models that could also come in handy for any other things those exploring the country may be interested in ferrying back.

However, with sustainability and efficiency increasingly becoming important, those embarking on such excursions may want to consider going for the greener option in motoring to ensure they do not leave behind a massive carbon footprint. For those who want to prioritise this, the Honda Jazz Hybrid car is the perfect machine. The hybrid version combines the Honda Jazz’s clever use of space with low C02 emissions of just 104g/km to deliver a versatile package.

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One of the cleanest cars in its class, the hybrid model “features a distinctive new headlight and front grille design for a more impactful look”, according to its manufacturer. The renowned IMA hybrid system used in the Honda CR-Z and Insight gives the car the green power needed to propel it, while its new stylish single-coloured dashboard design “incorporates Honda’s innovative Eco Assist function to help you drive even more efficiently”, adds the carmaker.

In a review of the vehicle, What Car? noted that the Honda Jazz is the smallest and cheapest hybrid vehicle in the UK and highlighted some of its attributes. The magazine stated that “the Jazz has always been one of the most practical super-minis and the good news is the hybrid system doesn’t really compromise that”. People wishing to use it for an excursion in Ireland will be glad to hear that its rear magic seats not only offer multiple seating layouts, but they “are just as clever as in the standard Jazz”.

More importantly, the Jazz Hybrid is significantly quieter at speed than the current petrol version, which should be a welcome thing for those wishing to spend long periods on the road. According to motoring magazine Auto Car, which took the Honda Jazz Hybrid on a test drive, the vehicle “offers a great ride, and at last employs sharper, more responsive handling, too”. It went on to add: “If you’ve been looking for a Japanese hatch that can take the mileage, emissions and handling battle right up the diesel dynasties of Europe, then this is your machine”.

With Ireland full of so many beautiful places and attractions to visit, including the stunning Glendalough valley in County Wicklow, Killarney National Park and Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral, what better car to explore the country in than the versatile and economical Honda Jazz Hybrid? Those keen on getting their hands on one can drop by their local dealership for a test drive.

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