In-depth Reviews

Honda Insight owner reviews

"The Honda Insight is cheap-to-run but the Toyota Prius outshines it, and modern diesel hatchbacks are better to drive."

Carbuyer Rating

1.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

72%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 11reviews
  • 12reviews

Common Problems

  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.3 hx

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Fantastic car for town driving and short distances. However if you are doing more than average miles it may be worth looking elsewhere . I say this because the road noise, buzzy engine and hard ride make long trips a bit of hard work. Also I personally found that the seat gives me lower back pain I have seen this on forums too. If you are looking for a town car this will be hard to beat

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.3 Hybrid SE

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52
Review
I've had the car for 4 years and not a problem. I fail to understand the criticism the car gets from the motoring press. Sure it's not a racer it's a hybrid! I find it's fast enough, economical (52mpg av), very reliable and extremely cheap to run and own. Yes, the ride is a little firm, the rear vision could be better. It's the first car I've owned which is more economical on short runs than long ones.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues to comment on
Performance

3 out of 5

Firm ride, engine has to work hard when pushed
Running Cost

5 out of 5

The cheapest car I've owned to run

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

Honda insight es hybrid

Year of registration

2010

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

10
Review
All I can say is some people review cars without thinking, because most cars to day are good cars but some May be slightly better than others. The insight is a very nice car and has lots of good points. I was looking for a automatic car that had good mpg and the insight has . How many automatic cars will do fifty mpg driving in local traffic . Even small cars have job getting 30 mpg in city traffic.! It is hard to see out of the back of most modern cars , if you drive a van or lorry you have only the side mirrors to rely on!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
extremely
Running Cost

4 out of 5

was hoping for greater mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

53
Review
Totally reliable - no problems at all
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Road tax & Insurance very cheap, economy good.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
I have never had any problems whatsoever
Running Cost

5 out of 5

in 2 1/2 years all it has coost me is 2 services at less than Ł150 each and the cost of the petrol

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
Never any problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

As good as I expect

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

eas-t cvt, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Mpg not as good as it should be

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good, but ride could be a bit softer.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.3 EX

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Great car to be honest. It's my first car and the insurance was cheap. Compared to the 300 Euro i would have to pay with any other car. I also got a three-year extended warranty for free. Honda is not doing so great in Holland, but I like their cars. Its just something diffrent on the road than the usual BMW and Mercedes stuff. Waiting for the Honda Accord Plug-in to come to Holland. Had a few problems but the Honda dealer didn't charge me for it, and I had a free Accord for the five-hours' maintenance (they had to wait for brake blocks).

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
Difficult to assess, but no issues so far. My previous Honda was reliable.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I changed to my present car to achieve lower running costs. So far it has returned 56 mpg over the last 8 months, with no repair or service costs and a Ł10.00 road tax.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Review
Second Insight I have had with no problems I could speak of

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53
Review
Excellent.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

VERY reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50.2
Review
As expected, it's a Honda
Running Cost

5 out of 5

As expected

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

es, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

EX, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
A lovely car, seems to have undue criticism about the ride quality, and honda have recently revised the suspension set up to address this. However, i've found no such concerns. Would certainly have another insight. If honda gave it majic rear seats like the jazz, then loading would be perfect for me.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
Very reliable and cheap to run, lots of safety features, it's not a racer but fast enough, Insurance & road tax cheap, economy good.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
battery goes flat quickly if radio on and engine off same with sidelights
Running Cost

4 out of 5

less mpg then honda claims

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

51
Review
nothing has gone wrong

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Great Car no issues since new

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

gls, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Easy to drive comfy and economical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Wonderful, all that we expected, economical, roomy, easy to drive and totally reliable. After all it is a honda!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Lives up to all my expectations

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Wonderful. Meets all our needs economical and totally reliable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Wonderful! Well it is a honda, what else would i say.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
This is the 2nd ihonda insight 2 hybrid i have owned. I rate it as the best car i've owned.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.4 Hybrid Electron 5dr EX

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52.4
Review
I loved this car ever since I bought it! By far the best car I have ever had! I've 'raced' a few people at traffic lights BMW and AUDI mostly ;), I won setting off, they caught up in a few seconds. You see, I get 52MPG, they get 20-30 if lucky. Although, the electric motor is a bit 'noisy'. My son loves the noise of it though. We are one of only a few in Northern Ireland to have one. Our town seems to have quite a few Prius around. See lots of people staring at me, as I pass them on the M2, smug faced and not worried about the MPG going down anytime soon! Highly Reccomend

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

es

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48
Review
There seems to be quite a lot of negative feeling about the Honda Insight not sure why? I purchased the car to avoid roadtax and enjoy better fuel economy, it does both functions extremely well and I am enjoying on average 20mpg more than my previous Honda accord its well built reliable cheap to service and well warranted.the car is quite on the motorway say up 80 and its sleek shape means wind noise is very low there is some tire noise but not to much seats are very comfortable and heated. my only complaint would be its a hard ride. diesels may be more economical but the fuel costs more and I wanted an auto so few choices when it comes to blumotions etc also the car was for the same year and mileage £5k less than a prius so I would have to do massive milage to justify the difference I would suggest car reviews should compare like for like when it comes to various models and factor in real costs vs economy and performance

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Review
No faults
Running Cost

5 out of 5

44,000 miles , just changed 4 tyres , would have been legal for another 5000 miles at least , but winter so did early , and front pads at same time (as wheels off) , also not fully worn . no other expense except servicing.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
Apart from a puncture there have been no problems during my ownership
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I have free servicing as part of the purchase deal - the tax is Ł10 p.a. and other than that there has only been petrol to buy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

HE - 2013 model

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

58
Review
I use the car fro long distance holidays as well as nipping to the shops. I cannot fault the car. Having had an Accord for 10 years and 125,000 on the clock. I know I wanted another Honda. Now retired and wanting something smaller and more economical I had a test drive in 3 before I settled on this one, an ex. demonstrator. Naturally it's lighter in weight and in build quality. However it is quiet, smooth and the acceleration is absolutely fine. In truth, I find the ride more comfortable that the accord which had 17" Alloys and low profile tyres. It can keep up with most cars on the motorway. '0' road tax and good mpg make it the ideal choice.

Owner Review

Version

ES-T, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good car but can't get 62 mpg as honda suggest, i get 52 mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

g.ex, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
A good product which up yill now has performed according to the spec

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
A good hybrid vehicle. It is cheap to own and has enough safety features to protect my young daughter. It is extremely quiet and has a high level of equipment.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very good.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

EX

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

58
Review
This is my second insight. My last one did over 55,000 miles and I part exchanged it for a newer low mileage top of the range model. This latest model has all the usual goodies installed and up to now I have always found the Insight to be ideal for me. Very reliable, comfortable and ample room for four people. I am not a "performance" driver so my reasonably leisurely driving style seems to be ideally suited to the Insight. If you are not in a hurry to get anywhere I think this is a great car. Plus its tax free, reasonable cheap to insure, and fairly low on petrol consumption and with Honda reliability as another bonus.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

54

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
in extreme cold weather battery power is low therefore power assist does not kick in when required.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

good mileage = low running cost low taxation (Ł10) low insurance 3 yr servicing FREE

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
No problems whatever
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Ver5y good for the kind of kourneys I make

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ES, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
I rate my insight better than the critics say. After all we are not all petrolheads!

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