"The spacious, user-friendly cabin has a compelling sense of space while embracing the driver in a cockpit where ergonomics take centre stage. Excellent visibility is ensured by the slim windscreen pillars and the overall cabin-forward configuration. There's a second rear window below the traditional bootline for better rearward vision."
FIVE-DOOR HATCH: The tail door on Honda's new Insight opens on to 400 litres of boot space and has a second window for better rearward vision.
Combined, that's 73kW at 5800rpm and 167Nm from 1000-1500rpm – comparable with a larger petrol engine but with much lower fuel consumption. Combined, they will take the Insight to 100km/h in 12.5sec and on to a top speed of 182km/h. Fuel consumption is listed as 4.6 litres/100km in the combined cycle and 4.7 in city driving. Equally impressive is the tax-beating CO2 emissions rating of only 108g/km.
FAMILIAR TERRITORY: The Honda Insight's steering wheel will be familiar to all other Honda drivers - as will the bright illumination colours on the fascia.