Honda Insight VTi Review and Road Test |

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Honda Insight

Honda Insight VTi Review and Test

In the battle for Hybrid buyers, Honda’s all-new is off to a flying start with its price advantage over the Toyota Prius. And Honda’s in this race has some as the original Insight was the first to market locally back in

Sure Toyota has since the ‘Hybrid High Ground’ aggressive marketing of both the and Camry Hybrid. But don’t Honda’s Insight and Civic we’re talking about the top-notch engineering as the scintillating Type R.

Honda Insight

After our intial drive of the Insight at the launch on the Gold Car Showroom was keen to put the new Hybrid through our normal test in Melbourne.

Honda handed-over an VTi model ($29,990). The up-scale version, priced at $33,490, some handy extra kit a reversing camera, satellite and 16-inch alloy wheels, but our VTi boasted Honda’s usual interior in its excellent value-for-money

Virtually identical to the Prius in the Honda Insight looks a tad racy with its sharply rear three quarter

And interior space is impressive a handy 408-litre luggage

Honda Insight Engine

We the Honda Insight down in department only for fuel The Insight is rated at 4.6l/100kms to 3.9l/100kms for the Prius.

And with the Prius is just one kW ahead of the Insight with 72kW although the Honda wins on with 167Nm to the Prius’

Honda Insight shares its four-cylinder petrol engine the Civic Hybrid, however the version fitted to the Insight has re-engineered and is actually two per cent fuel-efficient. The petrol engine is for 65kW/121Nm

Honda employs a different system to Toyota where the engine is the primary source of (Honda calls it ‘Parallel supported by the 10kW/78Nm electric

Drive is to the front wheels via a CVT transmission with steering paddle shifters for manual

Combined cycle fuel for the VTi model Honda Insight is at 4.9l/100kms.

Honda Insight The

The Car Showroom team is keen on current interior styling and a lot of cues from Civic and inside the Honda Insight. means the two-tier dashboard a digital speedo on top although the features a coloured surround switches colours according to the of your right foot green when you’re frugally).

Secondary information is on the lower panel, including a gauge which tells you if making charge for batteries on deceleration mostly, although a right foot delivers results as you try to maximize efficiency.

There’s rake/reach adjustment for the Honda three-spoke steering and manual height adjustment for the seat.

Honda Insight a six-speaker audio system, for iPods, USB and MP3 plus Bluetooth latter with controls on the A-pillar).

Rear seat like the Prius isn’t but the Car Showroom juniors were enough.

Out back, there’s of cargo space and a split rear seat for load Honda Insight does a high boot floor as batteries are stored underneath.

Insight Exterior Styling

Insight is based on the Jazz but its looks trace back to the FCX concept especially the aerodynamic

Its appearance is noticeably more on-road than the more Prius. This is highlighted by the rear three-quarter panels.

We the large hatchback glass on the rear spoiler is mounted the Civic Type R and this the Honda Insight a high look from the rear.

Insight On The Road

In a good hybrid motoring presents Like the Prius, the Honda has a prominent gauge which you how economically you’re driving and you’re a Caveman the test time you drive is to keep gauge and the accompanying speedometer in the

And if you doubt the effectiveness of the green button, do as we did – switch in humid, rainy weather and as the changed air-conditioning function causes the windows to fog before down and clearing them

We deliberately spent most of our in the ‘ECON’ setting and really the subdued gearing coped with both city and driving but there’s no doubt it off does deliver more acceleration. And that’s the point of motoring really you choose how you want to be according to the circumstances.

our high speed mountain loop, the Honda Insight a high quality performance the CVT transmission keeping things while the McPherson strut beam rear suspension good grip levels, turn-in and balance with body roll. Sure its no Civic Type R, but the Insight was impressive.

Around town our minor points deduction from the thick C-pillar restricted rear three-quarter a little when changing and reverse parking.

Honda Challenges

We deducted points the Honda Insight on two scores:

Firstly with the start/stop which delivers a noticeable in restarting after you first hit the Sure that’s only a quibble but it’s especially in stop/start traffic and for example you’re undertaking a tight maneuver and try to edge forwards.

And as we during the launch drive on the Coast – tyre is noticeable on secondary roads.

Insight Verdict

The Honda excels because the same responsible for the racy Civic R has turned its might to Hybrid

The week doing our usual runs has not dulled Car Showroom’s for the Honda Insight generated at its on the Gold Coast. You get Honda’s engineering, quality, efficiency and dynamics in a very sharply and good-looking package.

And you get planet-friendly motoring as well.

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