Big Wins for Honda at What Car? 2023 Car of The Year Awards
The Japanese manufacturer has celebrated two awards for the Civic and Jazz models, with the Civic Type R shortlisted for Hot Hatch of the Year Award.
Honda have been awarded two coveted titles at the What Car? 2023 Car of The Year Awards, with the already popular Honda Civic and Jazz models coming out on top.
The Honda Civic was awarded Family Car of The Year Award, while the Jazz was named Small Car of The Year.
The awards take the total number of wins over the last four months for Honda up to 11, showing the manufacturer’s continued dedication to high-quality, excellent value cars with impressive technology.
To be considered for these awards, cars must be tested fiercely against competing models, on both UK roads and on the dedicated What Car? test track.
Honda Civic e:HEV – What Car? Family Car of the Year 2023
A self-charging, full hybrid hatchback, the new Honda Civic e:HEV combines distinctive, iconic design with the latest technology to create a forward-thinking family car.
Featuring Honda’s innovative hybrid powertrain, the Honda Civic eliminates the need for recharging, utilizing regenerative braking technology to capture and re-use energy lost from braking.
With up to 521 miles (WLTP) the Civic brings efficiency and convenience to everyday driving, with CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km. This brings you greater range and fuel economy, while reducing your impact on the environment.
Cleverly switching between electric drive, hybrid drive, engine drive, and regenerative braking modes, the Honda Civic e:HEV intuitively responds to your driving and the road conditions to ensure maximum efficiency.
This results in a smoother drive with impressive acceleration and smoother cornering, for more comfortable, enjoyable journeys all-around.
Inside, the Honda Civic features a redesigned sports windscreen for improved visibility, while creating a spacious in-cabin experience. With premium audio, you can immerse yourself with best-in-class sound thanks to 12 high-quality BOSE speakers.
A fully digital 10.2” driver’s display presents all the information you need at eye level, and is customisable according to your preferences, while you can easily connect your smartphone using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
There is also plenty of storage available, with up to 1,220-litres boot capacity for storing any luggage, and various storage compartments including cupholders.
Serious about safety, the new Civic e:HEV comes packed with features designed to make driving easier, such as Traffic Jam Assist, front and rear cameras, and enhanced recognition technology.
On the outside, the Civic lives to impress with a fun, sporty design. Highlights include a sleek silhouette, defined beltline, and a low streamlined bonnet.
Energetic and dynamic, the Civic e:HEV uses further stylish touches to add to the look – from the honeycomb grille design and LED headlights, to 18” alloy wheels.
Steve Huntingford, Editor at What Car? said:
“The Civic has the measure of all its family car rivals, not least due to its low running costs, effortless performance and smart interior.
That interior is one of the most spacious in the class, too, and features some of the most user-friendly controls. And the Civic is great to drive, because its steering is precise, and the suspension manages to blend tight body control with a settled ride.”
Honda Jazz – What Car? Small Car of the Year 2023
The Honda Jazz was already a firm favourite from the brand, with its distinctive, modern design and easy driving experience.
Though its popularity is only set to grow with the Jazz being awarded the What Car? Small Car of the Year for 2023.
Dynamic and spacious, the Honda Jazz e:HEV offers all you would expect from a fun hatchback, with Honda’s latest innovative hybrid power technology.
With a fuel-efficient range of up to 864km (WLTP) and between 79-141g/km CO2 emissions, the Honda Jazz brings something that few cars in this category can – both improved fuel economy and eco-friendly motoring.
As a self-charging hybrid, the Honda e:HEV does not need recharging at a charging station, using regenerative braking to harness energy lost during deceleration to charge the battery.
Automatically shifting between drive modes, Jazz e:HEV ensures optimal performance whatever the journey and the conditions, for efficient driving every time.
This enables you to experience smoother driving and improved handling, for more relaxed journeys.
Though it may be small, the Honda Jazz e:HEV does not compromise on capability and performance. Packed with Honda’s industry-leading technology, staying connected while inside the Jazz has never been easier.
A large 9” display houses all your central connectivity and infotainment needs, helping you access information quickly and efficiently, from navigation to your personal assistant. Wi-Fi hotspot technology also allows you to connect multiple devices simultaneously while on-the-go.
With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, you can easily connect your smartphone to play your favourite music or easily answer a hands-free call.
Though the Honda Jazz e:HEV’s technology is not just limited to the inside. Using the MyHonda+ app, you can remotely lock or unlock your vehicle, use Honda Roadside Assistance in the event of a breakdown, check where your vehicle is parked and more.
Incorporating clean lines and enhanced aerodynamics, the Honda Jazz e:HEV achieves effortless style. Features include large signature LED headlights, a sleek front profile, rear spoiler, LED rear lights and solid bumpers.
Featuring Honda’s SENSING system as standard, the Honda Jazz makes sure safety always comes first, complete with e-call for in the event of emergencies, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, and Road Departure Mitigation System.
Huntingford further commented:
“The Jazz’s mini-MPV shape gives it one of the most spacious interiors of any small car, while incredibly flexible rear seating only adds to its practicality.
The driving position is another strength, thanks to an elevated seat and slim windscreen pillars. And the car’s hybrid tech combines impressive real-world fuel economy with peppy performance.”
Rebecca Adamson, Head of Automobile at Honda UK, commented:
“To begin 2023 with two award wins is a great achievement for Honda, and being recognised at the 2023 What Car? Awards is a fantastic badge of honour.
Both models are key to our brand, with the Honda Jazz being our top-selling model and the Civic now in its 11th generation – I very much look forward to seeing the success continue.”
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