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Published on 11 March 2014 00:47

Honda is a company that fails to surprise us. It’s an with such a focus on that its ideas are often far of what the general public So much so that it’s only later that tend to appreciate quite they were offered and The Honda NSX came and went modest sales but is now a cult Few realised that the Stream MPV was fun to drive until it had been and

Then there’s the original hybrid, which is now just the coolest city car you can buy.

A element of this has seemed to the CR-Z coupe. It too is a hybrid and to be a vehicle that only now is to pique the attention of some. a small, sporty hybrid sense? Of course it does and a used one takes the edge off is usually the most genuine about these cars, that they cost too when new.

Here’s to look for when shopping for a example.

Models

2dr coupe (1.5 hybrid [S, Sport, GT])

When the Honda CR-Z its European debut at the 2010 Motor Show, it attracted in the way of column inches. After what was new here? Yes, it was a hybrid coupe but with it was never going to excite the and it seemed to have been for so long in one guise or another fatigue had long since set in. The car was first shown as the Honda in 2006 and then the Small Sports in 2007.

The ‘Compact Zero’ or CR-Z concept car was shown at the 2007 Tokyo and then in 2009 at the same we had the CR-Z Concept 2009. So you can why when the production car appeared at it was met with virtual apathy. again? We waited so long for car and it’s got 122bhp?

Pass.

You Get

The CR-Z looks exactly a Honda sports car should, its profile and chopped-back tail us precisely what an Eighties coupe would look if it were modernised for a very world. Yes, it would be to see the cabin built from quality soft touch but then Honda designers are good at building great from pretty average and this is a great cabin. You sit in winged sports seats as in almost every Honda, perfectly placed to feel at one with the car and engage with an of futuristic instruments that have been lifted the set of a sci-fi movie.

Back seat accommodation is for children only, unless some particularly accommodating who need a lift home the pub. The boot’s reasonable with 225-litres on offer the necessarily raised height of the to accommodate the new lithium Ion batteries Fold down the rear and you can extend this to 401-litres, for a couple of suitcases or two golf Whichever CR-Z you choose, you find it to be decently equipped.

In with the high-tech feel of the even the basic model features like heated daytime running lights, control, Honda’s Vehicle Assist technology and six airbags. At the top of the range, there’s a hands telephone kit, a panoramic roof, xenon headlights, seats and full leather

What You Pay

Prices start at £9,000 for a 2010 S plated car 40,000 miles showing on the You might well find very leggy examples for a few pounds less, but it’s worth spending a five per more to find a car that’s fifty per cent fewer GT models tend to open at £10,500.

There aren’t too CR-Zs about, so you may have to on exact trim and colour but rare that you’ll to turn one down based on

What to Look For

Honda’s has recorded an impressive reliability Look out for the usual city and kerbed alloys but very goes wrong with the gear. Both engine and seem bullet proof and the profile of the CR-Z, plus the age of examples on sale, means they tend to be very cared for. Many coupes are a bit of a shot in the dark as a buy. Here’s one that’s the opposite.


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About the only thing does wear are some of the fabrics on higher mileage

Replacement Parts

(approx on a 2011 CR-Z) A headlamp for your CR-Z will set you around £160, while an air compressor is £300. A starter is £120 while a set of uprated EBC brake pads will set you £75. Standard OEM pads can be for £50 a pair.

On the Road

how much fun is it really possible to with only 1.5-litres of beneath the bonnet, a petrol lacking either turbocharging or to wake it up? A modest amount, as you guess. This unit have an extra ingredient gives it a bit of extra zip — the electric motor that between the engine and the gearbox and in an extra 14bhp when boosting output to 122bhp.

At the the really neat bit is this 3-Mode Drive System. is basically a way of adapting the IMA hybrid according to driver preferences via ‘Normal’ and ‘Econ’ modes through rocker switches to the steering wheel. Selecting not only changes the instrument hue to red to get you in the but also delivers more from the electric motor at the time as sharpening both and steering response.

In this mode, the Honda a sprint time of just 10s to 60mph which isn’t too but it’ll still be left at the by any self-respecting hot hatch and quite a few warm ones as well. The feels briskish and no more, the added torque of the electric contribution at around 1500rpm it a welcome feeling of muscularity. Run the on full assist to get the most and you’ll also feel the at the very top end, but doing so deplete the battery’s reserves quickly, whereupon the CR-Z feel distinctly flat.

has done a good job on making the of what the CR-Z’s got and the tuned makes a great noise, as does the eager and energetic engine. This car might not any big performance numbers but that mean you can’t have fun it.

Overall

The Honda CR-Z has a car which has never really traction with British Honda revised the car heavily in to remedy this but we’re in these pre-facelift cars Are they worth a punt on the market? Absolutely.

As long as you want a sports coupe genuinely rapid in a straight you shouldn’t be disappointed. The CR-Z tidily, has a charisma of its own and will in respectable fuel economy Little goes wrong these cars, previous will normally have them and they might become quite a cool product.

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