Climb in and the wow starts. A hybrid is a modern piece of technology so Honda tried to reiterate this as often as possible. And the interior is pretty much the living proof that we're actually dealing with some sort of spaceship.
We'll start with what we liked the most: the dashboard. Most controls are pretty close to the driver, including those belonging to air conditioning or audio. The steering wheel however boasts the same gorgeous design used by Honda starting with the Civic, obviously with a few changes, but relying on the same lines. It holds the most critical controls but also plays a key role in the low driving position.
The instrumentation is just fascinating. It looks beautiful at night and it surely catches the eye during the day. The 3D gauge design works "in collaboration" with the 3-Mode Drive System, meaning that colors will be used depending on the driver's settings. "Sport" driving makes the central gauge red, "Normal" turns it blue, while "ECON" brings the natural green back. The same plant icon seen on the Insight that encourages drivers handle the car in a more economical way is also shown every time you switch to ECON mode.
Sadly, the car's interior, pretty much inspired from the CR-Z Concept, has one major downside. The seats. Actually, the rear ones. The driver's and the front passenger's seat are actually quite comfortable and Honda claims the side bolsters have been specifically optimized for an European-sized person. That being said, the driver's seat has a 50mm range of height settings, while both front seats can be moved back or front for around 240mm.
All these figures actually mean nothing and you'll understand it as soon as you scroll down to this chapter's photo gallery and click on the rear bench photo. The rear space is incredibly limited and it's impossible (and when we say impossible, we really mean it, we've tried it) to fit an adult. Children, probably aged between 5 to 10, might feel comfortable in the rear seats if they're able to face a journey without moving their legs. But this is actually what Honda calls "interior flexibility"...
This leads to another issue: luggage volume. The trunk has a total capacity of 214 liters but, if you agree to fold the rear seats and thus destroy your child's hopes to embark in a CR-Z, you get up to 382 liters.Continue reading