Drive – Honda Insight Hybrid Review

20 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Honda Insight Hybrid Review


Most affordable on the market

Clear instruments


Decent performance

list of equipment


is always running above

Not as efficient as Prius

Average from tyres

Cramped seats

Digital speedo can be by steering wheel

Road-marking in rear windows

Green are big business these days. as diverse as Suzuki and Ferrari are their attention to reducing use and carbon dioxide emissions as as our dependence on Big Oil.

The four-wheeled crusade is in many ways led by hybrid vehicles that two power sources, most a petrol engine and an electric Toyota’s Prius is the most but Honda has been there the start with the freakish-looking that drove more an experiment.

Fast forward and the Insight has some geekishness, been and has extra doors – and about 40 per cent cheaper. But the is the same: team an electric with a proven internal-combustion to maximise fuel saving.

and equipment

There’s little Honda has the Prius in its sights; even taken on something of a look and feel, with seats, decent space and a hatchback design.

But with a from $29,990 (plus costs), the Insight undercuts its rival markedly. There’s plenty of standard gear, power windows, airconditioning, control, Bluetooth connectivity, wheels, an alarm, audio and separate USB input as well as a computer.

Safety is taken care of six airbags (dual front, and curtain) as well as a display in the computer that lets you which rear passengers buckled up.

Shell out another and the VTi-L brings a bunch of that include larger, alloys (one inch rain-sensing wipers, auto leather-wrapped steering wheel, and satellite navigation.

Cosmetic include unique wing that incorporate indicators.

the bonnet

Unlike the Prius, can drive in electric mode in situations, the Insight’s 1.3-litre engine is always working in Mated to a CVT transmission and aided by the motor (there’s a gauge assisting or recharging), it accelerates enough. There’s a modest of power from the engine but the 10kW electric motor the combined peak output to (the motor and engine produce peak power so combined power never 75kW).

Propulsion is only adequate and sometimes reluctant to tramp the for fear of ruining economy. up long hills there’s a as the engine hovers around the continuously variable transmission infinite ratios) matching to driver wishes.

When the car is there’s a green glow the speedo to indicate frugality but it turns blue in motion, to green for coasting or braking. an Eco mode designed to reduce use slightly by relying more on the motor, though there’s not difference other than an propensity in Eco to automatically shut the down when stopped. than at a standstill, the only the Insight’s petrol engine runs on regular unleaded) itself off is when decelerating coming to a halt (at speeds than 11 km/h).

As with the Prius, it’s impossible to get fuel use anywhere the official claim, which is 4.6 per 100 kilometres. In regular driving it about 6.5L/100km, while an freeway run lowered that

How it drives

You don’t have to dig too to see where Honda has saved in the quest for fuel economy. bitumen has tyre roar through the cabin at freeway while bumps can be a bigger than need be.

The average – chosen to reduce resistance and thus fuel use squeal too easily and don’t much confidence. But the Insight is enough in everyday driving, bumps and manoeuvring effortlessly. In challenging situations, its dynamic become obvious.

Rear is obscured by the split window, the wiper on the upper half minimal help with the view.

Reflection of painted road into the upper screen can be

Comfort and practicality

The interior is less ground-breaking than the features. That said, the speedo above the steering (other instruments sit in a more central position) looks albeit with the steering slicing through the vision of drivers. It’s a shame the controller hanging to the right of the looks as if it’s an afterthought.

The familiar Honda layout a multifunction steering wheel and layout. The average sound has a large volume knob in its A similar knob is circled by for the ventilation system, which is enough except when the cuts out (part of its normal on hot days it can heat too much

In the main instruments is a trip that gives the usual on how much fuel you’re as well as odd graphs with symbols to indicate how well been driving.

Rear is tight, while taller might graze heads due to a that falls away at the The boot is shallow but wide and a space-saver tyre underneath), a split-fold seat that flexibility.


Toyota Camry

Ford Fiesta

Toyota Prius

Price Engine 1.8-litre, 4-cyl 100kW/142Nm, CVT auto, FWD Fuel emissions 3.9L/100km, 89g/km Seven airbags, stability Pros Lowest CO2 output of any decent size, plenty of legroom; stop-start; good frugal. Cons Ride a choppy; handling not enthusiastic and tinny at times. Our score 4/5

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