When I took delivery of the Jazz a year ago I had never driven a hybrid.
Not because I wasn’t interested in driving one but simply because I hadn’t had the opportunity.
Until about 18 months ago there weren’t a huge number of hybrids about – bar the models offered by Honda and Toyota who are long-established in the hybrid market.
Since taking delivery of the Jazz I’ve added the Peugeot 3008 hybrid4, Infiniti M35h and Vauxhall Ampera (although Vauxhall describes the Ampera as a ‘range extender’ rather than a hybrid) to the list of hybrids I’ve driven.
I’ve been pretty impressed by the technology and, particularly in the M35h’s case, the power offered by hybrids.
There are also obvious financial reasons to consider hybrids – they typically fall into the lower company car tax bands due to their low CO2 emissions.
And in a toss-up between a full electric and a hybrid I’d opted for the hybrid every time. I live in a flat which can make a full EV prohibitive.
But I’m still not sure whether my experience with the Jazz is enough to make me switch from a conventional diesel engine to a hybrid – largely down to the mpg I’m seeing.
The average mpg is currently 51.6. That’s 3mpg more than I was achieving after my first month in it and I haven’t re-set the computer in the time that I’ve had it.
But when I had a diesel Seat Leon as a long termer it comfortably averaged in the high 50’s and would do 60-plus on a long journey.
In fairness to the Jazz, it will also do more than 60mpg on a long-journey, particularly a cross country one rather than a motorway or dual carriageway journey.
And perhaps that’s where the problem lies – too many of my journeys are on the A1 where I am perhaps not light-footed as I need to be with a hybrid.