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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Insight - 2nd Report

Date: 16 April 2010   |   Author: Tony Rock

In London
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £19,233
Key rival: Toyota Prius

In January, crash safety assessors Euro NCAP named its top five cars tested in 2009.

Second on the list, which shows how the cars performed for overall crash protection, was the Insight, behind the VW Golf and ahead of hybrid rival the Toyota Prius. Clearly, then, the Insight is an extremely safe vehicle.

However, there is an initial perception - voiced by one other driver and a few early passengers, and no doubt the result of the weight-saving measures such as the removal of sound-deadening, which has led to the car being described as "tinny" - that it doesn't 'feel' safe.

It's a view at odds with the hard proof, but it's an interesting emotional response worth highlighting.

Honda Insight 1.3 IMA ES-T Hybrid CVT
Mileage3003
Claimed combined
consumption
61.4mpg
Our average consumption42.4mpg
P11D price£19,233
Model price range£16,225-£19,290
CO2 (tax) 105g/km (10%)
BIK 20/40% per month£32/£64
Service interval1yr/12,500mls
Insurancegroup 6e
Warranty3yrs/90,000mls
Boot space (min/max)408/584 litres
Engine size/power1339cc/102hp
Top speed/0-62mph113mph/12.5secs
Why we’re running itCan Insight can match
Honda’s high
expectations?
PositiveCongestion charge
exemption
NegativeView through rear
windscreen

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