Pleasantly surprised by the hybrid's interior, we were expecting a comfortable and smooth ride that could let us enjoy the eco features and grow as many plants as possible. Well, the Insight does provide a decent level of comfort, but don't expect too much from such a car. At least, you get what you pay for...
First and foremost, the seats. The driver's seat can be adjusted for optimal height, while the telescopic steering wheel can also be configured for the perfect fit. In addition, both the front and the rear passengers benefit from armrests, but none of them with too fancy features such as cooling.
We were impressed however to see how many storage spaces the hybrid has to offer. Basically, there's a place for each must-have thing, including wallet, mobile phone, iPod or other type of MP3 player. Furthermore, the storage compartments on the front doors are large enough for bigger recipients such as bottles, while two cup holders have been placed at the bottom of the center console, one of which is occupied by the ash tray.
The car featured an automatic air conditioning system with a single zone and a pollen filter, as well as a tiny display screen right next to the steering wheel to modify its settings.
The new Insight provides much more room for the front passengers, but things are slightly different when it comes to the rear occupants. Officials dimensions are indicating 38.4x42.3x52.7 inches / 975x1074x1338mm headroom, legroom and shoulder-room respectively for front passengers and 35.9x33.5x50.4 inches / 911x850x1280mm at the rear.
Last but not least, it seems like Honda has paid more attention to ergonomics, as most things, except for some of the audio system controls, can be controlled from within the driver's seat without ample moves. Furthermore, the steering wheel holds the buttons for both the cruise control function and the audio system.Continue reading