Honda Insight v Toyota Prius hybrid cars green cars

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Honda Insight Electric Cars

MATT CAMPBELL

Toyota Prius. from $39,900 plus on-road and dealer costs. 1.8-litre petrol 4-cyl with electric motor; 100kW/142Nm(combined); continuously variable transmission; 3.9L/100km and 89g/km CO2; FWD; seven airbags (including driver s knee); stability control

A lot more expensive but bigger and more refined. Gets smart-key entry and push-button start; power lumbar adjust for driver; head-up display; eight-speaker audio; Bluetooth; steering wheel-mounted climate controls; auto-up power windows. Misses out on USB/aux input.

Less compromised by swoopy body structure, with good head, leg and shoulder room in the front. Plenty of storage cubbies, including twin glovebox. Supportive seats lack adjustment and steering wheel can’t be adjusted far enough for reach.

Spacious back seat.


Offers good response. The extra power over the Insight is noticeable and welcome it’s actually pretty fun to drive. Accelerator pedal feels a bit dull, taking a while to react from a halt.

CVT is a good match despite no manual mode. Most efficient petrol car on the market.

How it drives

Quieter ride than the Honda but can be clunky over bumps and feels a bit tinny. Steering feels slow and vague, but it’s easy to manoeuvre and sticks to the road well enough. Comfort-tuned suspension feels a bit wallowy.

Emits an annoying beeping when reversing.

Several modes: pure EV works for stop/start traffic (up to 50km/h); Eco mode is even more frugal than normal; then there’s the surprisingly fun Power mode. Eight-year/160,000-kilometre warranty on battery. Our city fuel use was 5.2L/100km.

Will cost you at least an extra six grand but it’s a bigger, better option for those who are serious about using less fuel.

Honda Insight VTi-L

Honda Insight VTi-L. from $33,490 plus on-road and dealer costs. 1.3-litre petrol 4-cyl with electric motor; 72kW/167Nm (combined); continuously variable transmission; 4.6L/100km and 109g/km CO2; FWD; six airbags; stability control

A huge $6410 less expensive than the Prius but also feels cheaper. Still gets lots of goodies such as 16-inch alloy wheels; sat-nav; leather steering wheel; Bluetooth connectivity; USB and auxiliary input; six-speaker stereo; reversing sensors. Only gets front auto-up windows.

Honda Insight Electric Cars

Considerably less spacious than the Prius but in a different size class. Looks funky especially the mood ring-like speedo light but it’s a dark place with lots of hard, black plastics and lacks storage. Seats are comfortable and supportive.

Shallow boot. Lots of road noise.

Lacks power. Smaller petrol engine teamed with electric motor doesn’t return impressive-enough consumption. Engine is boomy at high revs.

Cruise control keeps up well, though engine tends to rev hard when in use thanks to CVT. Seven-speed manual mode is fun.

How it drives

Ride is firmer and more sports-like than Prius without the performance to back it up. Around town it takes bumps well and is composed on the open road. Steering offers better feel than Prius and is lighter, sharper and fairly enjoyable through twisty stuff.

Gets fuel-sipping Econ mode and stop/start. Feels more like a conventional car than Prius. Gets a Sports mode with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters. Eight-year unlimited kilometre warranty on battery.

Our city fuel use: 7.0L/100km.

Cheaper and funkier than the Prius but, for … greenies, it’s not the best option of these two. A great entry-level option, though.

Honda Insight Electric Cars
Honda Insight Electric Cars

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