Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Honda’s hybrid technology combines the power from two sources, as the electric motor assists the petrol engine to aid fuel efficiency as well as acting as a generator during deceleration. Although there is no choice of engines, the 12-second 0-62mph sprint and 112mph top speed is reasonably good considering it's built to be eco-friendly, not fast. The combination of a light bodyweight and Honda’s uncompromising aerodynamics – even the rear wheels are veiled to decrease drag - has a direct effect on acceleration, and means that the engine works as little as possible.

The Insight is surprisingly good fun to drive, though not cut out for being driven quickly. The handling can be a little tricky at times, as the rear is unusually heavy due to the batteries located in the boot. But it corners well, feels reasonably agile, the light power steering (itself specially designed to aid fuel efficiency) makes light work of tight manoeuvres in town.