Such a rare In­sight

The eco-Honda is a light­weight con­tender that’s easy on fuel, writes Neil Dowl­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

HERE’Sa good num­ber — 1017. That’s the the­o­ret­i­cal sav­ing in dol­lars of a Honda In­sight Hy­brid’s an­nual fuel bill com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age.

It’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween the 11.1 litres/ 100km av­er­age and In­sight’s 5.2 litres/100km, trav­el­ling 15,000km on un­leaded petrol at $1.15 a litre.

Own a Honda In­sight and you’d be driv­ing a car that could make you feel­ing greener than Ker­mit. But is there are draw­backs.

Value

IT’S rel­a­tively cheap at $29,990 plus on-road costs, and I got 5.2 litres/100km in the sub­urbs with­out re­ally try­ing.

Honda claims 4.6 litres/100km, which is pos­si­ble in ideal con­di­tions.

The hatch­back is com­fort­able, ver­sa­tile and roomy, but in striv­ing to beat the bowser it strikes a cou­ple of speed bumps, though it’s ba­si­cally worth a long look.

The com­bi­na­tion of the pow­er­ful lit­tle elec­tric mo­tor and petrol en­gine can pro­vide pleas­ant mo­tor­ing

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