Honda has finally announced the pricing for its brand-new Insight, and it becomes the most affordable hybrid car on sale in the UK.
Prices start at £15,490 for the entry-level Insight SE. This is £2,380 less than its nearest rival, the Toyota Prius in T3 specification. So while the Insight can’t quite match the Toyota’s fuel economy, the small amount of money you loose at the pumps is compensated by the cost at the dealership.
Insight is well specified
Besides which, the Insight still manages an official 64.2mpg combined, compared to 65.7mpg for the Prius. And the Honda’s CO2 emissions of 101g/km are actually better than the 104g/km that the Toyota produces.
The Honda Insight SE includes 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control, electric folding mirrors, electric windows, and stability control as standard.
Upgrade to the ES model at £17,492, and the extra equipment includes bigger 16-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, heated front seats, and a USB port for MP3 players.
ES also features (rather pointless) paddleshifters for the Insight’s standard CVT automatic gearbox.
£15 road tax
Finally, top spec ES-T adds Bluetooth and DVD satellite navigation. Priced at £18,390, this version is expected to be popular with the fleet market.
All Insights are powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and a small electric motor. The sprint from 0-62mph takes 12.5 seconds, top speed is 113mph. Road tax is just £15 a year, due to the Insight’s eligibility for an ‘alternative fuel’ discount.
The new Honda Insight goes on sale 4 April 2009.
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