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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Insight - 6th Report

Date: 06 July 2010   |   Author: Tony Rock

Boof full
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £19,233
Key rival: Toyota Prius

It's been a little while in coming, but a family trip - a short break to Ribby Hall Village near Blackpool - has given the Insight the first chance to really stretch its legs.

Knowing as I do all too well that long-weekends away with the kids usually calls for a car with lorry-like storage space, I wasn't altogether hopeful that the Insight would have the necessary capacity to cope.

Oh me of little faith. The 408-litre boot, with the seats up (which beats the VW Golf at 350 litres, Vauxhall Astra at 351 and Ford Focus at 385) just about held the lot, meaning I didn't spend the journey north from London wishing I'd requisitioned something bigger from the BusinessCar fleet. Mind you, every last scrap of space was used, including under the boot floor where the puncture repair kit, wheel locks etc live.

It's not all good news, though. I suffer from back-ache, which isn't helped by seats that are less than comfortable for long journeys, and a hard ride that too readily transmits every bump in the road surfaces to the interior. On the positive side, however, the longer trips are having the desired effect on economy, which is now up to 42.4mpg.

Honda Insight 1.3 IMA ES-T Hybrid CVT
Claimed combined
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
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
PositiveRival-beating boot,
climbing economy
NegativeHard ride quality,
seat comfort