Added: 25th of February 2020
Bought my 2009 Insight in January, 2020. Very pleased. Driving carefully, I get 65mpg in town and up to 75mpg on a longer run. This is not a sports car, but driving more slowly has never been more fun. The car encourages you to drive economically with some ingenious dash displays. Ignore auto industry reviews, what do they know? I pay £10 per year car tax and spend very little on petrol. The car is quiet, comfortable, stress-free and drives really nicely. The CVT transmission is very smooth. Honda got the balance between the electric and petrol technologies just right in my view, they complement each other perfectly. Compared to the Prius, it's a light and relatively simple system, but very clever. Plus you get Honda's legendary build quality and reliability. You really can't go wrong with this car.
Added: 29th of January 2020
Ignore auto-industry reviews. This is a reliable, affordable, fun car. £10 car tax and I'm regularly getting 70mpg on a run, which is better than estimated, unusually. If you want a fast performance car, look elsewhere. Clarkson types need not apply. The fun comes from driving economically and the car makes it easy to do. In fact, it helps you do it. Key to the method is the display that gives average and real-time mpg, which makes pulse and glide very easy for both urban and motorway driving. Ignore comparisons with the Prius, they are meaningless; apart from the visual similarities they are apples and oranges. Insight's IMA engine is simpler and in my view, better for drivers who don't want the perceived weirdness of the new. Insight is light and easy to drive for everyone - you don't have to be an eco-nut to do the right thing. Critics slam engine noise 'under hard acceleration'. Er... why would you buy a hybrid, then floor the 'go' pedal?? Interior plastics are 'cheap'. They may be but they are also light. Ride is 'firm', but the tyres are skinny. Not much headroom in the back, sure - but the aerodynamics are great. All designed to reduce costs and increase mpg. Bottom line: this is a Honda, with all the superior build-quality and reliability that goes with the brand. If you want a car that always starts, is fun to drive, easy to park, comfortable, cheap to run and very affordable to buy used, then this is it. Go for it.
Added: 13th of October 2016
This is my second Honda Hybrid. I am convinced that a Hybrid car is the best option. Distance is not restricted like a fully electric car and the road tax is only £10.
Added: 11th of October 2016
My Insight has excellent MPG (49 in mixed driving) and has proved very reliable so far (5 years old). It is not luxurious but is comfortable and has reasonable space inside the cabin. However, because it is hybrid the boot space is restricted - this is a niggle, but does not affect me in day-to-day running of the car. In all, a very good purchase.
Added: 13th of December 2015
Good car to have it i like honda and automatic.
Added: 9th of December 2015
Good car happy. With this car.
Added: 16th of November 2013
Very pleased with its performance, up to 60 mpg on motorways and 55 mpg around town. Comfortable inside, climate control, automatic gearbox, all excellent.
Added: 16th of November 2013
My car fits the bill for all my requirements - cheap to run, economic, when I haven't left the interior light on over a weekend it always starts! spacious and has a sporty air.
Added: 15th of November 2013
I have been driving a Honda Insight now for 6 months. The principal advantage has been the improvement in running costs, with road tax only £10 per year and spending half as much on fuel as I did with my previous car (1998 Ford Focus). So far I have experienced no faults with the car. The car is extremely quiet during normal running, even when the petrol engine is running, although this does sometimes cause problems when pedestrians can't hear me coming. The EX model comes with automatic wipers and headlights, which are very useful, although sunny evenings with strong shadows sometimes cause the lights to go on and off unnecessarily. Reversing sensors are also very useful, although they are also necessary given that visibility through the split rear window leaves something to be desired. The engine cuts out most of the time when stationary, which helps to save fuel, but it is a little annoying that it is necessary to keep my foot on the brake to keep the engine off. Generally I am satisfied with the car.
Added: 12th of October 2013
Very pleased with this car even though petrol consumption is below what the book says it should be. Plenty of space and comfort is good and the only downside I have experienced was failing to start after interior light was left on accidentally. Very impressed with AA engineer.
Added: 11th of October 2013
I originally wanted a hybrid for green reasons, but, having test driven the Insight I was surprised that the car was very good to drive and positively encouraged me to drive more efficiently. Zero road tax and 60+ miles to the gallon are features that I value; and the automatic engine cut-off works much better than other cars I have driven with this feature!
Added: 11th of October 2013
This is my second Honda Insight running. It has done everything it says on the tin; gives me 0ver 50 mpg round town and nearly 60 mpg on long runs. It is not the most comfortable car I have driven - seats and leg room OK at best - not as good as previous Volvos. But the reduction in running costs and reliability cannot be faulted. I am pretty satisfied that I got value for money.