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Honda’s peeps say the new CR-Z is the world’s sporty hybrid. They that its stylish looks it to stand out among other cars and that it offers thrills on the road, thanks to its handling and a low driving position. But can we have our cake and eat it, or is this motor all mouth and no ethically trousers?

’80s chic

The is a very attractive car. is, admittedly, in the eye of the beholder, but, by the number of beholders fixing eyes on the CR-Z during our with it, it’s fair to say a real looker. Its design back to the seminal Honda hatchback of the 1980s. It sports the shallow roof line, rear glass hatch, and wedge-shaped profile, all of which it the look of a performance-focused coupé .

The looks more aggressive it actually is.

The CR-Z is especially from the front, thanks to its bonnet, sinister Audi-style LED headlamps, and a front air intake big enough to swallow a small The rear isn’t bad-looking although it could be improved with the addition of some exhausts and wider rear

The interior of the car is slightly too beige but the cabin’s a pleasant place to be, on the The front seats are comfortable, pews, mounted low in the chassis, driver and passenger the impression in something very sporty. all sports seats, though, positioning makes it difficult to get in and out of the car flashing your knickers.

Sadly, there’s absolutely no for normally sized people in the even Kylie Minogue squeeze into one of the pair of seats in the back.

IMA let you finish, but

The CR-Z differs from its predecessor in the fact that it a hybrid propulsion system, as IMA (Integrated Motor Assist). is designed to provide several It increases the car’s rate of and reduces the burden on the petrol while increasing fuel and reducing CO2 emissions.

Honda markets the power-boosting element of the IMA as ‘scramble assist’. Essentially, IMA how far the car’s accelerator pedal is depressed and increases the level of you get from the electric motor The more you mash the go pedal, the the electric motor helps the engine, and the faster the CR-Z

The electric motor in the IMA is powered by an on-board nickel-metal hydride pack, mounted in the floor of the It’s not possible to charge the via the mains, but that’s not a problem, as the car this chore itself. It has a braking system that some of the heat energy during braking, storing it in the for later use.

Also, while the engine under braking, IMA diverts any power to the motor, turning it a generator that provides for the batteries.

Sadly, Honda’s IMA isn’t as advanced as rival from Toyota. It’s a rather than a full, and lacks the ability to drive the car on power alone. The system is in solely to support the petrol

Instru-mental panel

The futuristic of IMA is reflected perfectly in the CR-Z’s binnacle. The cluster of gadgets show the vehicle’s current engine revs and other driving data is among the we’ve seen in any car.

The instrument binnacle lights up Blackpool promenade.

The speedo, in a centrally-mounted circle, is entirely with an analogue rev counter its circumference. That’s nothing out of the but Honda’s spiced things up by a circle of light between the of the speedo and rev counter, which in different colours to show how the car is being driven, or which of the driving modes is currently employed.

Three-way action

The has three different driving selected via a trio of buttons to the right of the steering wheel. the ‘econ’ setting and the drive causes the lights on the dashboard to green. It enables a gentle lethargic) accelerator-pedal response, the steering lighter, and activates a system that disables the when you come to a standstill and it again as you lift the clutch.

The ‘normal’ mode notches the response up a tad, while the stop-start feature. Hit the ‘sport’ however, and the CR-Z becomes aggressive. The stop-start system is entirely, the steering weight is increased and the gentlest of caresses on the pedal causes an eruption of revs.

It also demands power assistance from the motor, providing the maximum acceleration when overtaking.


The CR-Z was designed to offer a driving feel and, for the part, driving it is a fun experience. Its — the distance between its and rear wheels — is short, which should aid Its track — the distance the wheels on either side of the car is relatively wide, which, gives the CR-Z a solid, feel.

All this theory some fruit in the real as the car feels very agile. The is firm but giving, and offers a blend of comfort and corner The steering feels slightly during extreme manoeuvres, so it can be to gauge when the car is about to traction, but, on the whole, the CR-Z is oddly reminiscent of a go-cart.

The CR-Z is let down by its speed, though — not the sort of car that puts an smile on your face. On the you’ll have a look of plastered across your mug attempting to overtake because the simply doesn’t have the required to pass anyone but the ponderous of learner drivers.

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Puff and greenery

The CR-Z is a and not a particularly fast one, so you be forgiven for assuming it’s to the environment and delivers good economy. Indeed, it does, but the won’t blow you away. The car out 117g of carbon dioxide per which is good compared to sporty coupés, but pretty bad when to other hybrids.

The CR-Z’s economy isn’t spectacular, After hundreds of miles of driving in econ mode at an speed of 60mph, we managed Honda claims 64.2mpg on the and 56.4mpg combined, but, if we did get anywhere near those the Toyota Auris Hybrid 74.3mpg combined economy and CO2 emissions have the CR-Z hands down.


The CR-Z has plenty of annoying when it comes to its cabin Why, for example, does the have audio inputs for PC It’s a format that absolutely no traction in the world of and is even more pointless in the of car stereos.

Also, why is there no audio so you can listen to your device wirelessly over the speakers? And why does the sat-nav at every turn?

While passing junctions on the sat-nav kept telling us to take the exit at various roundabouts in to carry on going straight. would have been — straight is where we headed — but there are no on the A1. Anywhere.

The sat-nav system drive you round the bend and probably the wrong bend at

Also, while travelling Trafalgar Square to south-east the sat-nav insisted, for no good that we take a route in the opposite direction to our destination. after ignoring those and going straight, instead of on ourselves, did the sat-nav decide after absolutely ages of —  that the quickest way was in fact to head in the opposite of north.

As if that weren’t enough, the sat-nav system had a potentially dangerous tendency to illegal turns and to direct us one-way streets. We could forgive the system these if its mapping data had been in the ’80s, but the system is based 2009-10 data.


Honda would like customers to compare the CR-Z to the Volkswagen Scirocco and Peugeot RCZ and for good reason. The CR-Z is as attractive as those cars, less CO2 and provides better economy. But, given the that the CR-Z isn’t as sporty as the Scirocco and RCZ, it be more pertinent to compare it to small eco cars, such as the Auris Hybrid.

Sadly, the CR-Z doesn’t particularly well in that The Auris Hybrid has far superior economy (74mpg versus far lower emissions (89g/km of CO2 117g/km), an electric-only driving and similar handling and performance. The Hybrid is a far uglier car, if your eco conscience outweighs need for a sexy bodyshell, Toyota’s offering is the way to go.


The CR-Z is the most beautiful car in its segment and will earn you of admiring glances. Despite its purposeful appearance, however, the is a car that sits on the fence and it too safe for our liking. It’s not green enough to appeal to hippies and not quite fast to appeal to petrolheads.

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