Hybrid-powered SUVs are a sizzling commodity in 2022, with fashions just like the Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander forward of the pack. However there is a newcomer to shake up the established fashions within the type of the Hewlett-Packard Jolyon HEV (Hybrid Electrical Car), and it is a formidable package deal at its low value level.
In New Zealand, patrons have a alternative of two Julian variants: petrol and hybrid. The petrol mannequin will get a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that makes 110kW/220Nm. The Hybrid makes use of a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre mated to a hybrid system to provide a mixed 139kW/375Nm. Each Julians are front-drive; Whereas the petrol will get a dual-clutch transmission, the hybrid has a particular two-speed unit.
The vary begins at $29,990 for the entry petrol Jolyon Premium, and goes as much as $35,990 for the Jolyon Extremely. The Jolion HEV is barely obtainable in Extremely trim, the place it begins at $42,490; However after a wholesome $2026 low cost, $40,464 is the ultimate determine.
DRIVEN has frolicked in each variants of Jolion. It could be a Chinese language model on the cheaper finish of the spectrum, however the inside is rather well appointed, with gentle contact supplies and wooden grain panelling. An attention-grabbing distinction between the petrol and HEV interiors is the local weather management panel beneath the infotainment display.
The massive landscape-oriented touchscreen infotainment show helps each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Choosing the top-spec Extremely mannequin additionally provides in a wi-fi telephone charger.
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One minor difficulty I had with Jolyon was the dearth of hybrid operation info within the sprint cluster. Most individuals most likely do not need to know this info, however for the nerds amongst us, realizing what the automobile is doing with its cost is a beautiful side of hybrid driving.
Each mid-range Lux and prime Extremely fashions get a really spectacular parking digicam system, utilizing one of many highest decision shows I’ve seen. It additionally will get a surprising top-down monitor and a 360-degree digicam.
Adaptive cruise management, lane preserve help, and ahead collision warning are all included within the entry-level Premium mannequin.
On the street, each automobiles are achieved, however there are some key variations to remember. With its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the petrol Jolyon affords a extra standard driving expertise – however the HEV is noticeably faster, with an additional 155Nm of torque over its ICE sibling.
As anticipated, gas consumption is the most important distinction between the 2, with a mixed determine of 5.5l/100km for the HEV versus 8.8l/100km from the petrol Jolyon. Each figures might be bettered fairly simply in the actual world, however the HEV is clearly the higher alternative. With its 55-litre gas tank, the HEV additionally has a driving vary of 1000km, the sort of determine normally reserved for bigger diesel SUVs.
Even with all that thought of, saying the Extremely HEV is value $10,000 greater than the entry Jolyon is not a simple name to make. You’ll clearly save on the petrol pump with electrical help, however that is one thing that needs to be selected a case-by-case foundation.
When it comes to cross-shopping, the hybrid-powered small SUV phase has by no means had extra to supply. At $40,464, the Jolyon Hybrid is available in in opposition to the likes of the brand new Hyundai Kona Hybrid, and the Kia Niro Hybrid, coming in at $39,990 earlier than the significantly clear automobile rebate is added. However bear in mind the Jolion HEV is barely obtainable in range-topping Extremely trim, so that you’re additionally getting heaps of equipment within the Havel.
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Engine: 1.5-liter hybrid
Gearbox: 2-speed direct drive, FWD
Financial system: 5.5l/100km (WLTP)