Honda is positioning the Honda Insight as the affordable hybrid. It’s a move which could easily find favour amongst the large numbers of people who are more interested in saving money than the planet but would be delighted if they can do both. This small family hatch is already the cheapest petrol electric model at £15,990 and now you can get one on finance for £199 per month.
The five-door body style of the Honda Insight opens up the possibility of using it as family transport. Head room in the back seats is restricted by that aerodynamic roof line but otherwise space is plentiful. Despite the presence of the batteries, the boot is a generous 408 litres and the rear seats can fold to increase that capacity. Compared to conventional family hatchback models, the Honda Insight can hold its own.
The trim levels available take on a familiar Honda structure with SE, ES and ES-T models on offer. All have the five-door bodystyle and a CVT gearbox with seven artificially constructed ratios. Equipment available when purchasing the Honda Insight includes climate control air-conditioning, a CD stereo, electric mirrors, electric windows and VSA stability control. Buyers will need to upgrade to the Honda Insight ES in order to get 16" alloy wheels, cruise control, wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the gearbox and other extras. The Honda Insight ES-T adds satellite navigation and a hands free phone kit.