Honda Insight (09-14) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 01 May 2013
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The Insight is a five-door hatchback and looks similar to its main alternative, the Toyota Prius, with plenty of interior space and a large boot. There are some neat touches too, including the digital dash which tells you how green your driving style is.

Honda Insight (09-14)
Spacious and practical cabin, impressive economy, cheap road tax, clever digital dash
Interior trim cheap in places, engine has to be worked hard, sluggish performance

New price range:

£16,995 - £23,595

Used price range:

£5,194 - £15,873

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Insight is a five-door hatchback and looks similar to its main alternative, the Toyota Prius, with plenty of interior space and a large boot. There are some neat touches too, including the digital dash which tells you how green your driving style is. However on the move the Honda's engine has to be worked hard most of the time, which sees fuel economy plummet. It takes its name from Honda's first petrol-electric model and uses the same technology as the Civic Hybrid - known as IMA (or Integrated Motor Assist). It's basically an electric motor alongside a normal petrol engine. Electric power assists the engine by giving it a boost during acceleration, but the clever bit is when you brake or coast, the energy charges the battery for the electric motor.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Smooth to drive, eats miles on the motorway or to the coast.  

5 out of 5

Wayne Holton ,   02 Oct 2014    ... read more

 Everything has been thought about. Space, fuel consumption, etc....  

5 out of 5

Debby Stafford ,   08 May 2013    ... read more

 I get 20 mpg more than my last auto which means that, coupled with the very low road tax, I'm saving around £1,500 (I have a fairly high annual mileage).  

5 out of 5

Gregor Steele ,   07 Apr 2013    ... read more

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