Honda Insight updates and promo pricePetrol-electric hybrid gets more equipment

08 December 2010

Honda Insight

Honda has updated the Insight

Honda has announced a number of minor updates to the Insight petrol-electric hybrid.

As a result, the Honda Insight hybrid now promises improved ride quality and a wider range of trim options. Meanwhile, a current special offer price makes it the most affordable hybrid in the UK.

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Honda Insight: equipment upgrades

Honda is introducing a new range-topping Insight EX specification.

The Insight EX features standard black leather upholstery, DVD-based satellite navigation and Bluetooth. Priced from £20,215 on the road, it tops the range by a £1,030 premium over the existing ES-T trim line, which costs from £19,185.

In addition, the mid-spec Insight ES model and above now benefit from standard-fit rear parking sensors and changes to the interior. Better plastics join new colours for the seats and dashboard - intended to achieve a more uniform finish - while splashes of chrome and silver brighten things up.

Finally, two new exterior paint colours are offered: Dynamic Blue Pearl and Carnelian Red Pearl.

What are the best car options to have? Find out with our guide

Honda Insight

Suspension upgrade should improve the ride

Improved ride comfort

Under the skin, a series of detail changes to the suspension are intended to improve the Insight’s ride comfort. The modifications come in response to negative reaction from both the media and early customers.

The list of updates is extensive, including spring rates, geometry, bracing and mounts. As a result, the Insight is said to be more comfortable, but also more stable at speed.

Sadly, there is no news of improvements to the fuel economy or CO2 emissions.

The Insight may be the most affordable family-sized hybrid available in the UK, but with its claimed 101g/km CO2 and 64.2mpg, it lags some considerable distance behind rival Toyota’s 89g/km and 72.4mpg for the Prius.

Read our review of the Honda Insight

Honda Insight

Insight is £5k cheaper than the Toyota Prius

On offer at £14,995 with free tax and servicing

The Honda Insight is currently on promotion – which means the usual entry-level price point of £16,325 for the SE model is reduced by £1,330 to £14,995.

That means the Insight costs a substantial £5,270 less than the cheapest Toyota Prius (£20,265).

As part of Honda’s Affordable Driving campaign, this offer lasts until the end of December and also includes three years’ free servicing and three years’ free car tax.

Similar deals are also available on versions of the Honda Civic, Honda Jazz and Honda CR-V. The updated Honda Insight range is in showrooms now.

Read how the Toyota Prius scored in our Which? Car review

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