What is the Honda Insight? In fact it’s not the most common car on Britain’s roads.
Well, it’s another one of those eco friendly motors and it’s existed a few years now.
There’s always the question of who can buy this sort of car though.
After all, we’re not all vegetarian sandal-wearers who care passionately about global warming.
But, interestingly, Honda have their finger in the pulse here.
A more affordable family hybrid
The Japanese automaker’s aim in producing the model is usually to make petrol-electric technology open to more people by developing this more affordable family hybrid car.
The 5-door hatchback includes Honda’s IMA hybrid system and offers excellent value for money.
IMA stands for Integrated Motor Assist, which means that an electric powered motor sits alongside the petrol engine it supports and before the transmission.
Throughout the years the system has has and evolved become smaller, more lightweight and cheaper to generate.
And the latest version within the new Insight is the most advanced IMA technology introduced by Honda to date.
Uninspiring looks but a well-kitted out interior
The engine is new, but is based heavily on the 1.3-litre petrol unit from your Civic Hybrid.
While the car has decidedly uninspiring looks, the Insight has a generously kitted out interior.
The 1.3 i-VTEC IMA Hybrid CVT HS model I test drove costs £20,925 on the road.
It provides 16-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, front fog lights, heated front seats, leather steering gear and wheel knob, paddle shift, privacy glass and a USB port.
Well-stocked cabin aside, you can tell Honda has concentrated on making a car that gives decent actual fuel efficiency when you get traveling.
Honda Insight delivers 65.7mpg
The figures speak for themselves: fuel economy (combined) is up to 65.7mpg, while CO2 emissions are only 99 g/km.
Behind the wheel, the electric motor and engine together produce performance perfect for urban environments.
Good throttle response and acceleration times rival many conventional 1.6-litre petrol cars with automatic gearboxes.
Don’t expect any thrills away from town though.
The Insight reaches 62mph from a standing start in a dawdling 12.5 seconds, and has a top-notch speed of 113mph.
Key parts of the hybrid system
During driving, there are two main elements to maintain you on your “green” toes.
These include an Eco drive bar indicator within the white and black Multi Info Display, and an ambient meter behind the digital speedometer display.
Both instruments are synchronised, to present real-time information on the consumption of fuel and provide help with how you should alter your driving style.
Honda’s been building production hybrids for over decade.
In that time, the company’s learnt a lot about the making of electric motors and other key elements of the hybrid system.
Lower price point
This understanding has led to improved production techniques, which undoubtedly reduce production costs.
Consequently, the Insight’s lower price point means it ought to appear on the lists of more companies for user choosers and also be entitled to the lowest Benefit In Kind (BIK) tax bracket.
For the companies themselves, not only will the balance sheets cash in on all the savings that retail customers enjoy.