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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Insight - 9th Report

Date: 10 August 2010   |   Author: Tony Rock

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

Technophobes have no reason to fear the Insight's touch-screen.

Used for both the satellite navigation and stereo functions, it is intuitive to the extent that you won't have to resort to either thumbing through the handbook or bribing teenage nephews to demonstrate how to operate it.

While satnav images are clear and easy to comprehend, my favourite use of the screen was as an iPod controller. Connect up to the socket in the armrest, and you have full touch control of your music. Whether it be my Deeper Groove house mixes (which is as close to clubbing as I can manage these days) or Coffee Break French lessons (in preparation for a family holiday across the Channel), I tend to use my iPod to listen to podcasts, and the Insight's method of operation is much simpler than some other systems I've encountered.

If, like me, you still haven't made the transition fully from CD to MP3, then inserting/ejecting an old-fashioned compact disc is straightforward - pressing the 'open' button to left of the screen causes it to tilt up from the bottom, revealing the CD slot behind.

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
NegativeHard ride quality,
seat comfort