Honda Insight

Honda's petrol-electric-engined hybrid goes head-to-head with the Toyota Prius and Honda's own Civic IMA Hybrid saloon. However, the Honda Insight is cheaper than both of those cars, if not quite as economical or technically advanced. Despite headline-grabbing economy and emissions figures, the Honda Insight will not suit all drivers. It is compromised in a few areas, such as road and engine noise, and most modern diesel cars will drive in a more familiar manner to buyers. It should prove to be very cheap to run and ultra-reliable, though.

Honda Insight hatchback

£20,475 - £23,595
5 Doors
1.5 / 5
  • Quiet and refined
  • Low emissions
  • Solid reliability
  • Gearbox whines at high speed
  • Intrusive tyre noise
  • Cheap interior plastics

The Honda Insight is available only as a five-door hatchback and is essentially a slightly smaller, hybrid version of the Civic family car. The unusual swoopy shape is due to the fact it has been styled to cut through the air as efficiently as possible, and is a little reminiscent of its arch rival, the Toyota Prius. There is lots of space inside, and the Insight has a decent size boot. It's well made, although perhaps not up to the quality of the best family hatchbacks on the market, and should be reliable, too. The main reason to buy the Insight is its impressive fuel economy and low emissions.