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Fuel type Hybrid
Engine size 1339
Heskeths Select Car Group
Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1.3
Crown Honda Bushey Heath
Honda is a company that likes to impress with its engineering. It frequently succeeds too. Many remember the original Insight from 1999 and its feisty little duel with Toyota 's Prius for supremacy in the fledgling hybrid market. The Prius went on to sell millions and the weird little Honda became a bit of a collector's car. Then Honda did something that was very un-Honda. They followed rather than led and the second generation Insight could well have been a Prius in Honda clothing. Sales were pretty good this time round but does a second generation Insight make an insightful used purchase? We run the rule over the Honda hybrid here.
The Honda Insight never did quite as well as it initially promised. Despite a perky start, it soon became apparent that there were any number of turbodiesel hatchbacks that could improve on the 61mpg fuel economy figure of the Honda and deliver better performance and a sharper steer while they were at it. That doesn't mean that you should dismiss it out of hand as a used proposition. Quite the opposite, in fact.
The Insight is one of those cars that, if anything, makes more sense when used. It's more reliable than a typical turbodiesel, servicing costs are low and residual values have fallen off a bit of a cliff which makes it a real bargain. If you want a reliable and presentable hatch for city use and like the look of a hybrid, the Insight makes all kinds of sense.
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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