What is it about hybrids and split rear windscreens? Both the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius favour this design style.

It’s a shame because the horizontal bar that divides the smaller upright pane from the slanted pane significantly reduces rear visibility. There are times in the Honda, for example, particularly on motorways and A-roads, when it conceals cars travelling a certain distance behind, and at night this problem is accentuated because it also blocks out headlights. Not only is this unsettling, it’s also irritating when the screened car’s lights suddenly appear again in the darkness, because it looks as if the driver behind has flashed you.

According to Honda, the reason why the tailgate, and the car in general, is shaped the way it is “is to help the aerodynamics”, the theory being that “making the car as slippery as possible exaggerates the already frugal hybrid technology on board the Insight, increasing fuel economy”.

That may well be the case, but I for one would be happier losing out on some extra mpg in return for the increased all-round visibility.

Honda Insight 1.3 IMA ES-T Hybrid CVT
Mileage 3003
Claimed combined
Our average consumption 42.4mpg
P11D price £19,233
Model price range £16,225-£19,290
CO2 (tax) 105g/km (10%)
BIK 20/40% per month £32/£64
Service interval 1yr/12,500mls
Insurance group 6e
Warranty 3yrs/90,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 408/584 litres
Engine size/power 1339cc/102hp
Top speed/0-62mph 113mph/12.5secs
Why we’re running it Can Insight can match
Honda’s high
Positive Congestion charge
Negative View through rear