At heart, the Honda Insight is similar to any other small Honda. The ergonomics are first rate, and the Tokyo-by-night theme to the interior is top-notch. Interior materials are not exactly sumptuous, but they’re inoffensive.

Has Honda moved the hybrid game on with the Insight? Not like it did with the original, certainly. Its Integrated Motor Assist system is not notably more advanced than it was in the previous-generation Civic Hybrid, while the body still marks it out as something a little outlandish.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Well priced, but not as efficient or refined as the Prius

We suspect that hybrid technology – as Lexus has managed – will really start to become accepted when it just represents an alternative model to a conventional car.

Honda’s real achievement with the Insight is that it has brought it within reach of buyers who would otherwise find it, or a Prius, too expensive. But still, to be really competitive, it ought to be cheaper still.

The small dynamic upgrades do enough to earn the Insight a greater recommendation than the original. As it is, there are diesels that do everything that the Insight does, but better.

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