Honda CRZ GT 1 5 iVTEC IMA Hybrid review Pocketlint

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HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

Honda CR-Z GT 1.5 i-VTEC IMA review

For

Easily the most fun to hybrid yet, driving makes it feel like the finally arrived, distinctive, exterior design

Against

satnav system (but this is optional), some cheap cabin plastics, technology means it’s for a small car

Hybrid car terminology can be Apparently over 60 per cent of in the US think that you have to a Prius to charge it up — isn’t really as snigger-worthy as it — given that cars are part-powered by an electric that would stand to wouldn’t it? But in reality, few hybrid on the market today actually with a plug.

They do a battery on board, but it captures that would otherwise be under braking.

To confuse further, the CR-Z is a totally animal to the Lexus CT200h we recently, despite wearing the same, blue “hybrid” Whereas the Lexus mates a engine, electric battery and CVT gearbox with a complex device to allow it to run just on just on battery or on both, the uses a 1.5-litre petrol with “integrated motor or IMA in Honda speak.

This acts as a starter for the and “assist” motor to feed in power when needed, but it that unlike the Lexus/Toyota the car can’t really run in electric alone (although it’ll the engine when you’re to a stop). “What?” we hear you “Surely that’s the whole of a hybrid?”

Well, the flip of this much simpler is that, where the Lexus has to use a CVT transmission, which we criticised for its and kill-joy antics last the CR-Z can be fitted with a manual gearbox. This there’s much less from the engine if you decide you to get a move on, and that the CR-Z is more fun and involving to drive on a road. In fact, it’s the hybrid car in the world to come a clutch pedal and gears you can yourself, creating a unique point for the CR-Z — Honda bill as the world’s sports-hybrid.

It all adds up to something that’s greater than its on-paper and means the CR-Z’s got real Every other hybrid has us impressed with its technical but also left us cold. head rather than choices — cars seem to lack soul or

Not the CR-Z. It has faults, but it feels and above all, it’s fun which makes it very

So the fact that anyone 5ft 8 will club their on the protruding boot locking every time it’s the fact that rear are practically un-usable, and that the rival only Fisher somehow doesn’t matter. You care, because the first you jump in and turn the key, heart will jump for joy a as an array of red, blue and lights burst to life on the

It’s like being into a driving-game simulator your childhood, crossed downtown Tokyo at night. might sound like display hell, but it’s to the experience of the car. And jump into any other car after for a spin in the CR-Z, and we’ll you find the in-cockpit experience feels just a little and last century.

The central, blue-hued speedo/rev dominates your field of from behind the wheel, and in a way is all you to look at. We could go on about the of the dash and cockpit, but you’d be reading the article tomorrow, so much to tell. We’ll say that there are plenty of and gauges to keep you entertained, the requisite power-flow display you get in most hybrids, so you can see which bit of the is working when.

The rev counter is analogue, and in its centre sits a hologram-style digital speed out. Around the periphery is a ring, which changes on how you drive. Green when driving most efficiently, the blue-green colour spectrum to blue when you’re naughty with the accelerator

Flick the car into Sport via the three buttons down the hand side of the column, and the goes red, while the (but eco-worthy) gearshift present in the normal and eco modes

Regardless of the mode you’re in, the CR-Z nearly always it’s engine when slowing down, and shuts it off at the lights — giving you smug, warm feeling of kind to the planet that all cars seem to provide.

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

found that eco/normal/sport in other cars sometimes like a gimmick. But in the CR-Z it works, changing the car’s convincingly. In eco mode it is so relaxed it like the car’s almost to sleep.

While in sport it an amusing impersonation of a sports complete with heavier sharper accelerator response and a from the exhaust.


Outside of the gauges, there are neat, controls for things like the control. So it’s just a that the optional navigation that came on our test car so unintuitive and slow-witted. It gives you aux and phone connectivity too, all of worked well, but the logic of the slowness of the touchscreen and hopeless-ness of the nav us up.

Best to stick to the standard and rely on TomTom, which not get you lost as frequently as we did.

there’s much to like the CR-Z. It feels like a little sport-car, one that’s compact for the city, but with a size boot. You sit low in the cabin, and that slashed side-window and steeply raked rear completely destroy your vision when inside the we think this is easily the looking hybrid on the market.

a very graphical piece of all-round, one that looks in the white of our test-car — the best colour for showing off design, giving a very contrast black/white appearance.

There are very few small on the market today, fewer powered by a hybrid drivetrain. in itself makes the CR-Z a unique, special proposition. But the that the drive is so engaging and the and driver interface so exciting (if bonkers), means that the found a special place in our during its time with us.

It seems very much of its combining fun design and impressive tech with an ability to those with an eye on the environment and wallets happy. The small premium it commands is one we’d say is paying. And to anyone who says hybrid cars have to be we’d urge you to try a CR-Z.

You just change your

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

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