at 4.6 litres/100km. Like the Civic version, the Insight has a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor to work together.
Honda’s system in the Insight is a smaller, lighter, more powerful yet more frugal version of the Civic Hybrid powertrain.
Helping the fuel economy is the Insight’s lightweight body that, with a drag coefficient of 0.28, is one of the most aerodynamic cars on the roads. The battery is 31 per cent smaller and 35 per cent lighter than the unit in the Civic Hybrid.
Honda expects to sell about 7000 Insights in the UK this year. The annual global sales target is about 200,000 units.
Rapid mover: Australia is to wait as the Jazz-based Insight Hybrid five-door hatchback is in demand overseas.