In the real world of our own tests, the Honda achieved 43.1mpg, which is good for a petrol-engined car, but not so special considering the CR-Z's size, accommodation and weight; the Audi TT 2.0 TDI manages 48mpg, for example, while the much faster 208bhp Scirocco TSI GT petrol is not so far off, at 39mpg.
As with other hybrids, then, the fuel consumption of an equivalent diesel is only just achieved, and with considerable extra complication. But a petrol engine’s NOx and particulate emissions are usefully lower. Though top-spec GT models push the price up, the base CR-Z S’s list price makes it look like a bargain against admittedly roomier, faster and better-finished models like the Audi TT. However, a base Mini Cooper D costs less.
Sport trim adds ambient lighting, alloy pedals, cruise control, a multi-function wheel, a 240W stereo and parking sensors. GT includes leather heated seats, xenons, auto lights and wipers, a glass roof and the option of sat-nav. Running costs ought to be low, not least because residuals should be high, although not quite up at Audi TT levels.