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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Insight - 8th Report

Date: 28 July 2010   |   Author: Tony Rock

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

The Insight has three driving modes.

Firstly, there's auto, where you shift the gearbox to 'D' and set off. Then there's 'econ', when you again select auto but press the green button beneath the wing-mirror adjustment. This remaps the throttle, gearbox, cruise control and aircon, and has resulted in me recording an average economy of 47.5mpg, compared with 43.9mpg when I'm in non-econ mode. Lastly, there's a semi-auto mode that uses paddleshift gear selectors, although I'm not sure why this sporty option is on what's ostensibly an eco car.

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