The Honda Insight is a hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured and marketed by Honda in its first generation as a two-door, two-passenger lift back from 1999 to 2006, and in its second generation as a four-door, five-passenger lift back from 2009 to 2014. The second-generation Insight is available in the UK.
Honda Insight: Features
The Insight is a 5-passenger, 5-door dedicated hybrid vehicle that includes the fifth generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid powertrain. The Insight was face lifted in 2010 in the UK with updates to the suspension, styling, and interior. Interior changes in the facelift include revisions to the dashboard, seat fabric, and some plastics.
Honda chose a 5-door hatchback configuration for the latest Honda Insight of that time. The wedge-shaped body assists aerodynamics and reduces friction for improved fuel economy. The 5-passenger accommodations enhance marketability and the overall vehicle shape, as it is identifiable as a hybrid.
The interior of the Insight includes a variation of the two-tier instrument panel first introduced in the 2006 Honda Civic. In this arrangement, a digital speedometer is being mounted high on the instrument panel within the driver's normal line-of-sight for ease of visibility. An analog tachometer, fuel gauge, hybrid assist gauge, and Multi-Information Display are housed in the lower tier of the Insight.
Honda has never compromised the safety of any of its cars. The Insight has a braking system that includes four-channel ABS, electronic brake distribution, and a creep aid system to prevent the car from rolling on a hill. A brake booster pressure monitoring system monitors the vacuum when the engine is shut off during Idle Stop mode.
Traction control and vehicle stability assist are also included to improve the stability of the car. The front brakes are a single-piston sliding caliper with a one-piece ventilated rotor. Drum brakes are used in the rear. These features contribute to the safety of the car.
The second-generation Honda Insight is available as a used car in the UK. This car is available at a starting price of £6000 to £12000 depending on the model year(2009-2014) and the condition of the car.
Fuel efficiency data for the Insight SE is Urban 61.4 mpg (4.60 L/100 km; 51.1 mpg), Extra-urban 67.3 mpg (4.20 L/100 km; 56.0 mpg), Combined 64.2 mpg (4.40 L/100 km; 53.5 mpg) and the CO2 emissions rating is 101 g/km.
Insight includes Honda's fifth generation of its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. Advanced development allowed Insight's IMA system to be 19 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the previous generation IMA used in the existing Civic Hybrid. The Insight's IMA includes a high-efficiency, lightweight, low-friction 1.3-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine rated for 98 hp (73 kW) at 5800 pm and 123 lb-ft (167 N⋅m) of torque from 1000 to 1700 rpm.
The high torque at low rpm is made possible by the electric motor which contributes up to 13 hp (10 kW) at 1500 rpm and 58 lb-ft (79 N⋅m) of torque at 1000 rpm to the powertrain of this car, assisting in acceleration and some steady-state cruising situations at low-to-mid vehicle speeds. The motor acts as a generator during braking, steady cruising, gentle deceleration, and coasting to recharge the IMA battery.
The Honda Insight's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gives infinite ratios to keep the engine operating within its most efficient range. In Insight EX models, paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel allow the driver to engage a manual shift mode and select from seven simulated gear ratios for full control over acceleration and engine braking.
Since the CVT's gear ratios are continuously variable, the system electronically directs to the transmission for up- or downshift into pre-determined ratios when the driver taps the shift paddles. In normal driving, the CVT allows the engine and IMA motor to keep their most efficient operating range thereby providing superior fuel efficiency to that of a conventional automatic transmission with fixed gear ratios. The CVT's variable gear ratios allow for both quick, initial acceleration and give efficient low-rpm cruising.
The Insight's IMA is powered by a flat, nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is located below the cargo floor between the rear wheels. The battery of the car is recharged automatically by scavenging engine power, when needed, and by regenerative braking when the car is decelerating.
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This generation is a successful car of its era and still is considered a better hybrid option by many people in the UK. This car is recognized for its smooth drive and comfort. The third generation of Honda Insight is not available in the UK.