Honda has made changes to its Insight petrol-electric hybrid car, responding to criticism of its ride and poor comfort levels.

The make’s engineers have fettled its suspension, working on the spring recoil rate and also the angle that the rear wheels touch the road, in a bid to make it ride more smoothly and drive more responsively.

The company has also improved the standard specification so that ES models and above get rear parking sensors. The plastics used for the dash and elsewhere in the cabin are now of higher quality, while dash and seat colours have changed to give a more uniform look. Air vents on the dash are now chrome ringed.

The changes come after the Insight's been on sale in the UK for just 18 months. Additionally, a top model, badged EX, joins the line-up. This costs from £20,215 and features leather seats and satellite navigation. After the changes the cheapest Insight, the SE model, is listed at £16,325, although Honda is discounting it to £14,995 providing you buy before the end of December.

Read the exclusive review – and video – of the Honda Insight here

Stephen Jury


December 7, 2010