If you think the Insight’s exterior style and dimensions closely resemble the Prius’s, you won’t be surprised to find that the Honda also matches the Toyota for interior space. The Insight, for example, has the same 408-litre luggage capacity and a similar-shaped boot. The rear seats can take three adults at a pinch (headroom is at a slight premium because of the sloping roof, and it’s also a tad narrow for three grown-ups), and the front is roomy.

Spaciousness aside, the Insight and Prius could scarcely be further removed. The Toyota feels totally unlike a conventional car, but Honda has gone out of its way to make drivers accustomed to regular hatchbacks feel immediately at home in the Insight.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
Like other Honda interiors, the Insight’s is somewhere between futuristic and cluttered

Front seat occupants sit in a conventional, low-slung position, far back in the cabin, in a way that’s straight out of the Civic rulebook. The seats – supportive, well sculpted and comfortable – feel all but identical, too, as does the small, intricate steering wheel. There’s even a conventional, mechanical auto-style gear selector to control the CVT gearbox and a conventional key and start button. Although the Insight has the ability to run without its engine, it needs to be fired initially.

The Insight’s fascia has a similar layout to that of the Civic although it’s slightly more softly sculpted. You look through the steering wheel at the lower of two display consoles for the temperature and fuel gauges, revcounter and trip meter, and above it for the digital speedo, backed by the blue-to-green hue of an econometer.

But despite the pleasing and almost futuristic styling, the interior’s perceived quality is adequate rather than premium, even after its recent revisions.

Save money on your car insurance

Compare quotesCompare insurance quotes

Find an Autocar car review

Explore the Honda range

Driven this week

  • Jaguar E-Pace 2018 review hero front
    Car review
    20 April 2018
    Can Jaguar’s compact SUV bring flair and dynamic polish to a fast-growing class?
  • Audi TT RS Coupé
    First Drive
    20 April 2018
    The Audi TT RS has the looks, a vociferous engine and the supercar-baiting performance, but is it too uncompromising to use as a daily driver?
  • Lamborghini Urus review 2018 hero front
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    The supercar maker's new 4x4 is massively capable wherever it goes, while being extremely conspicuous and costly while it does it
  • Skoda Kodiaq
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    High-spec seven-seater Kodiaq begins its family life with a lot to prove — for Skoda and SUVs
  • Ford Focus RS Race Red Edition front
    First Drive
    18 April 2018
    Ford drafts in some tasty extras for this limited-run Focus RS swansong edition