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Improved Honda Insight hybrid

06 December 2010

Improved Honda Insight hybrid

 
Prices start at £16,325 for the SE model, but with Honda’s current Affordable Driving consumer offer, the hybrid is available at £14,995 OTR until the end of December, making it even more attainable – and the least expensive hybrid on the market by a mile.

A new, top-of-the-range, EX model, featuring black leather upholstery and DVD Sat Nav and hands-free telephone, is another addition to the 5-door hybrid line-up.

A number of chassis changes have been implemented, including: adjusting the recoil rate of the springs, changing the rear camber angles, altering the V-shape rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. The amendments promise to deliver improved ride, handling and stability.

As well as these upgrades to suspension, Honda has added rear parking sensors to ES-model Insights and above, and updated the trim to smarten the interior. Dashboard and seat colours have also been changed to give a more uniform finish, and some plastics were improved. Chrome rings now surround air vents, and the doors have been given a silver garnish feature.

The changes made to the Insight were in direct response to the comments received from early customers and the media. The initial focus was on suspension, to which improvements have been made to address negative feedback on ride and comfort levels.

There are also two new paint options for Insight customers, with the introduction of Dynamic Blue Pearl and Carnelian Red Pearl.

Prices start at £16,325 for the SE model, but with Honda’s current Affordable Driving consumer offer, the hybrid is available at £14,995 OTR until the end of December. The highly-spec’d EX model with leather upholstery starts at £20,215 OTR.

Review by W.P. Metcalf from Chester le Street on 01 May 20111

Honda Insight: In the Review by JEAN LOMONT on the Honda Insight, I can achieve 4.1 litres per 100 KM (69 MPG) by taking extreme care and regularly get 4.7 litres/100 KM (60 MPG) on distances over 10 miles.  The model I have states 60.8mpg - he just needs to take off his lead boots and drive with a bit more care.  The Insight is a joy to drive and the only fault I can find is the small petrol tank (9 gallons).

 

Review by JEAN LOMONT on 07 February 20111

I HAVE HAD MY INSIGHT FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS. THE STICKER SAID THAT HIGHWAY DRIVING WOULD GET ME ABOUT 4.4 LITERS PER 100 KLM. AND IN URBAN DRIVING APPROX 4.7 LITERS PER 100 KLM.
I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN CLOSE TO THAT. ONCE IN A WHILE I CAN GET DOWN AROUND 5.6 PER 100 IF I HAVE A LOT OF DOWN HILL RUNS BUT I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN 4.4 PER 100 ON THE HIGHWAY. MY AVERAGE IS ABOUT 6.2 PER 100 KLM AND THAT IS DRIVING WITH GREAT CARE NOT TO STEP DOWN ON THE GAS.
I LOVE THE CAR AND ENJOY DRIVING IT BUT HONDA NEEDS TO REVISE THEIR FIGURES ON URBAN AND CITY DRIVING.

 

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