Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Insight - 9th Report
10 August 2010
Author: Tony Rock
|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 consumption||42.4mpg|
|Model price range||£16,225-£19,290|
|CO2 (tax) ||105g/km (10%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£32/£64|
|Boot space (min/max)||408/584 litres|
|Why we’re running it||Can Insight can match |
|Negative||Hard ride quality, |