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Fuel type Hybrid
Engine size 1.50
Engine size 1497
Engine size 1.5
There are certain ideas that seem to gain real traction with the car buying public and then there are ideas like the Honda CR-Z. On paper, it seemed to have a lot going for it. Launched at a time when wasteful, costly to run sports coupes were apparently going out of fashion fast, strangled by the global economic crisis, the CR-Z was a lightweight hybrid that ought to have cleaned up. Trouble was, it was roundly ignored by the British public and catching sight of one these days is a rare treat. While it was a flop as a new car, does the CR-Z make the grade as a used car buy?
The revisions to the late Honda CR-Z don't actually do a whole lot to alter its appeal. It's still a car that's not very fast but which is surprisingly good fun to drive. Were it rear wheel drive, it might have become a bit of a favourite amongst tuners but it remains a bit of an oddity in a market where conventionally powered cars have eroded the economy advantage of this hybrid. Yes, the CR-Z might get a quoted combined fuel economy figure of 56mpg, but when a 1854bhp SEAT Leon diesel can quite easily better this economy showing, you begin to wonder what the point of the CR-Z is.
That is until you drive it and realise that there's a beautiful delicacy and tactility to it that's utterly lacking from the mallet-like response of a turbodiesel. What's more, when buying used the CR-Z makes even more sense. Whereas many turbodiesel cars will have already racked up big mileages and are looking at a costly new set of injectors, the CR-Z is incredibly economical and most used examples will have only covered very modest mileages. This is a car for those who appreciate the esoterica of car design, who love the nuances of detailed engineering. In other words it's extremely Honda. For some, that will be more than enough.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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