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Honda CR-Z V-TEC Sport: One Minute Test Drive Review

Date: 15 October 2010   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Sports
P11D price: £17,944
Key rival: VW Scirocco

What's new: On sale in June this year, Honda has tried with its hybrid CRZ to create a stylish, good-looking car that also has environmental credentials.

Excellent: As a new, relatively unknown model, this car is a head-turner. Admittedly, it's hard to tell whether reactions are positive or negative, but it certainly gets attention for its interesting spaceship looks.

Good: The mid-trim Sport has good spec levels including rear parking sensors, privacy glass, USB connection, cruise control and a multi-function steering wheel.

Average: While it's supposedly an eco-friendly sporty car, it isn't outstanding on either. CO2 emissions are 117g/km, which fall under the lowest BIK band but only until April 2012, while the 1.5-litre petrol engine is a little underpowered.

Poor: The rear visibility is appalling. The bracing bar across the rear windscreen blocks traffic and often gives the impression that people are flashing you - when they are not.

Verdict: The perfect car for an attention seeker with a vague green agenda and not-too-much speed.

Honda CR-Z V-TEC?Sport 1.5 112hp 6-sp manual
P11D price£17,944
Model price range£16,999-£19,999
Fuel consumption56.5mpg
CO2 (tax) 117g/km/(10%)
BIK 20/40% per month£30/£60
Service interval12,5000mls
Insurancegroup 17
Boot space (min/max)233/389 litres
Engine size/power1497cc/114hp
Top speed/0-62mph124mph/10.0secs
On sale June 2010