3. You’ll be helping to protect the environment
Hybrids burn less fuel, and that means they produce less of the CO2 that can act as a greenhouse gas and promote global climate change. And because a hybrid can switch off the petrol engine and run on electric power only at low speeds, for example in a traffic jam, it can help to reduce noise, lower pollution and improve local air quality. Driving a hybrid sends a powerful message about your respect for the environment.
4. They hold their valuE
Hybrids are growing in popularity as more people look for greener and more economical ways to drive and realise the benefits of combining petrol and electric power, such as low running costs. That means there’s a demand for used hybrids, which keeps resale values high. Leasing and finance costs consider what the car is likely to be worth at the end of the contract, so the hybrid’s higher trade-in values help to keep the cost of ownership down.
5. They're affordable to maintain
Because hybrid cars spend some of their time running on electric power, there’s less wear and tear on the engine. The brakes last longer, too – they don’t have to work as hard because the regenerative braking system helps slow the car down. As the brakes need replacing less often, servicing costs are kept down. For peace of mind, the Honda i-MMD battery is covered by a comprehensive warranty for the first five years or 100,000km – whichever comes first.
8. You’ll get the best of both worlds
Hybrid cars offer a great combination of petrol and electric virtues. Electric power provides quiet, zero-emission running at city speeds, while the regenerative braking system captures energy that would otherwise go to waste and turns it into electricity that can be reused. At high speed, there’s the power of a petrol engine, and as with a conventional car, you can quickly refuel and continue on a long journey.
9. They have the latest technology
The petrol engines in Honda’s CR-V Hybrid and Jazz work on the Atkinson cycle, which improves efficiency by extracting more useful work out of every engine revolution. The latest-generation lithium-ion batteries store more electricity but weigh less than ever before.
The hybrid Honda NSX supercar takes it a step further with the most advanced engine Honda has ever built for a road car, as well as three electric motors driving all four wheels through the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.