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Honda Insight VTi (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2011

At a tad under $30,000, the new Honda Insight VTi is attractively priced to attract buyers to the hybrid vehicle cause.
For a base model, it’s well equipped with the technical smarts (Eco Assist, Econ mode and EcoGuide) to encourage and assist with greener driving and, hence, less fuel use and emissions.

However, drive ‘normally’ and the 4.9 litres/100 km claimed figure for city use can blow out to 7.7 (as in our case).

It’s not a bad car, but, compared to the best of conventional petrol or diesel vehicles in its segment (think Hyundai i30, VW Golf and Mazda3), Insight pulls up short in the overall driving and ownership stakes.
Honda Insight VTi 2011


Price, smart technology


Rear seating cramped, 'A' pillars difficult to see around

Key features

Immobiliser, alarm, rear parking sensors, climate control airconditioning, cruise control, tilt and reach steering, CD player with MP3 connectivity, Bluetooth, USB, keyless entry


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, TCS, active front headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make Honda
Vehicle model Insight VTi
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $29,990
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.3-litre, SOHC, petrol 4-cyl with Integrated Motor Assist

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.