Honda Insight Inverness

Low emissions. Respectable fuel economy. Exemption from the Congestion Charge. in Inverness We all know by now where a hybrid is expected to deliver, and Honda’s Insight manages to tick these boxes in a reasonably affordable package.

Macrae & Dick Honda
(014) 637-1371
59 Harbour Road
 
Macrae & Dick Honda
(014) 637-1371
59 Harbour Road
 
Arnold Clark Honda
(084) 449-9064
Carberry Road, Mitchelston Industrial Estate
Kirkcaldy
 
Henrys Honda
(014) 143-3900
130 Titwood Road
Glasgow
 
Perth Honda
(017) 384-4006
The Triangle, Dunkeld Road
Perth
 
Grierson & Graham Honda
(013) 872-5340
365 Annan Road
Dumfries
 
Helensburgh Honda
(014) 366-7577
101-103 East Clyde Street
Helensburgh
 
Town and County
(012) 246-8111
Whitemyres Place, Lang Stracht
Aberdeen
 
Parks Honda
(013) 558-1810
1 Braeview Place
East Kilbride
 
West End Honda
(013) 824-7725
28 Queen Street, Broughty Ferry
Dundee
 

Honda Insight

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Low emissions. Respectable fuel economy. Exemption from the Congestion Charge. We all know by now where a hybrid is expected to deliver, and Honda’s Insight manages to tick these boxes in a reasonably affordable package.

And its green message is getting through if the reaction from friends and colleagues is anything to go by. Because the question I’m increasingly being asked is not: “What are the benefits?” – the Insight’s wallet-friendly credentials would appear to be a given. Instead, they’re more interested in how the hi-tech Honda performs on the road. With eco-badged versions of the Ford Focus and VW Golf now a common sight in the UK, can the Insight hope to match them in terms of power, refinement and even fun?

In a nutshell, no. Not even the car’s biggest fan could claim that it offers the sort of experience behind the wheel which would tempt drivers who demand real involvement.

A string of niggles removes any kind of feelgood factor: engine noise, poor body control and light steering are among the main culprits. The chief sinner, though, is the ride, which at times makes you feel like you’re negotiating the crater-filled surface of the moon on a space hopper. It’s truly uncomfortable.

But here’s the thing: I’ve just become a dad, and I don’t need a car that goes round corners like a Porsche Cayman and accelerates like a Ford Focus RS. My priorities at the moment are keeping bills down, safety and practicality. So although these aspects of the Insight may not be what people want to hear about, they mean this functional but hard to love car is actually doing a pretty sterling job for me.

Cost-wise, I’d be shelling out £40 a week for the Congestion Charge to take the Golf or Focus into Auto Express’s central London office. That’s £160 a month! Just think how many nappies that buys. In terms of safety, the Insight was awarded a full five stars by crash test body Euro NCAP. This gives peace of mind when you’re ferrying a newborn about. And, as I’ve found out, babies require a lot of kit – no problem for the spacious Honda.

I never thought I’d see the day when performance on the road took a back seat in my choice of car, but it’s arrived courtesy of a wailing three-week-old. So for the time being at least, the Insight’s driving experience is not a prime concern – and I’ll happily tell my friends that!

Honda Insight