is an option. A green button on the dashboard changes the engine program, dulling performance and turning the engine off ( and on again later) when the car is stationary. There are a lot of clever things in the car but — alarmingly — it gets shot down by the archaic drum rear brakes visible through the alloy wheel spokes. I mentioned that optional button on the dash. Press it and you kill the fun. light turns the car behind you into an ogre and because the engine stops when the car stops, so does the airconditioner. If you’re not in a hurry, driving through hilly countryside or picked a temperate day for a drive, the `` econ’’ button will chop back fuel use. Otherwise, leave it off and the combination of the powerful little electric motor and small petrol engine can provide pleasant motoring. Even fun. Almost. There are drawbacks. Squeezing more kilometres from the petrol tank means the Insight must be light. It is. But that makes it feel unsettled on the road, susceptible to sidewinds and skittish when hurried through bends. The light steering doesn’t help so it ends up feeling not connected either to the road or the driver. It is comfortable, spacious enough for a small but the large boot does. It’s another sign that Honda has tried to make this a hybrid for the average family.