The second-generation Honda Insight hybrid car is an ultra-practical five-door hatchback that seats up to five people. As conceived by the creators, the key characteristics of this model are compactness and environmental friendliness, accessible to everyone. The hybrid system combines an in-line 4-cylinder 1.3-liter engine and an electric motor that turns on during acceleration and at low speeds. Transmission - CVT. The silhouette of the car is distinguished by streamlined forms that significantly increase its aerodynamic characteristics. Official sales of Honda Insight in Japan began in February 2009.
Unlike the first-generation Honda Insight (ZE1), the design of the second-series cars was less extravagant and partly reminiscent of the second-generation Prius. To help the driver - a special dashboard Multiplex Meter and Ecological Drive Assist. Three basic trim levels are available: G, L and LS. The standard equipment includes the Eco Assist system, automatic climate control, power windows, a CD player with four speakers and an additional audio input. The more expensive version of L is characterized by discharge lamps, a leather steering wheel, a rear center armrest. Top-end equipment will offer an audio system with six speakers and USB, alloy wheels, fog lights, heated front seats, and optional leather upholstery. In 2010, a special series “HDD Navi Special Edition” with a standard 7-inch display and a hard drive was released.
The five-door hatchback Honda Insight is equipped with an aluminum 1.3-liter i-VTEC SOHC gasoline engine, which develops a maximum power of 88 hp. and a torque of 121 Nm. He is assisted by a 10-kilowatt electric motor, giving out traction of 78 Nm. Thanks to the use of a continuously variable transmission and the proprietary Eco Assist system, which helps to choose the most economical driving mode, fuel consumption is up to 3.3 liters per 100 km in 10-15 mode, or 30 kilometers per liter of gasoline. The hatchback could be equipped with shift paddles for manual gear selection.
The Honda Insight is built on the basis of the 2nd generation Jazz / Fit, has an independent front suspension (MacPherson strut) and a semi-independent rear. Steering gear-rack - with an electric amplifier. In order to meet the “Honda” standard of behavior on the road, the car has a lower center of gravity and optimal weight distribution - this is facilitated by the battery pack and power control unit located behind the rear seats in the trunk floor. With a body length of 4390 mm, the width and height of the hatchback are 1695 and 1425 mm. Wheelbase is measured 2550 mm. Interior dimensions: 1935 x 1430 x 1150 (L x W x H). That is, in length and width it is quite spacious for its class, but in stock the supply is small, especially for those sitting behind - it will not be very convenient for tall people. The hatchback trunk has a volume of 400 liters, if you use an additional niche in the floor with a depth of 105 mm. The rear seats fold into a flat floor, the resulting compartment is 1410 mm in length. Inside, there are many trays, pockets, cup holders, etc.
The standard equipment for the 2009-2011 Honda Insight ZE2 included two front airbags and child seat mounts, belts with pretensioners, front seat head restraints with protection against whiplash injuries, an anti-lock braking system and an auxiliary braking system. Manufacturer options included side airbags and curtain airbags, Comfort View system, VSA stability control, cruise control.
Honda Insight did not become a full-fledged competitor to the Toyota Prius - a simpler hybrid system, higher consumption, less comfort. But the car turned out to be quite dynamic, unpretentious, owners like its driving performance, roomy trunk. Disadvantages: cramped rear, low clearance, stiffer suspension; spare tire and no place for it. A minor change in the model took place in October 2011.