There is always a reminder, though, as to how economically you are driving.
There is always a reminder, though, as to how economically you are driving. The speedo' illumination changes from red to blue to green, depending on the driving mode and style, in much the same way as the Honda Insight. On top of this, there is a graphic in the Multi-Information Display (MID) in the form of a bar. It shows whether the Nickel Metal Hydride battery under the boot floor is being charged or boosting performance. The idea is to keep it in the middle and the speedometer colour in the green.
Also like the Honda Insight, which incidentally, isn't being replaced by the Honda CR-Z, there is a flower graphic display. Leaves grow on the stem the more economical the drive and, should the driver achieve a 'perfect score', a flower head will appear on the top of the stem.
In order to help, there is another graphic - a Shift Indicator Light (SIL) that prompts the driver to change up or down through the standard 6-speed manual 'box, at the optimum time. Honda tells us that if the SID instructions are adhered to, it can result in a ten per cent improvement in fuel consumption (and a flower). The Stop/Start function also serves to save fuel and make the air a little cleaner; especially around town.
Speaking of which, the Honda CR-Z's official fuel economy figures are 46.3mpg for the urban cycle, 64.2mpg for the extra urban and 56.5mpg for the combined. Emissions are 117g/km so the VED is low Band C and, as a hybrid, it is exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
Simply put, the IMA system regenerates energy from braking and deceleration that would otherwise be lost and uses it to boost the engine, under acceleration. The electric motor sits between the engine and the gear box, which helps to keep the centre of gravity low. On its own, it produces 14PS at 1500rpm and 78Nm of torque between 1000- and 1500rpm. The benefit is that the torque is available for quick getaways, from almost as soon as the start button is pushed.
The petrol engine is a 1.5 unit, with a power output of 114PS (at 6100rpm) and 145Nm at 4,800rpm. So, in combination with the IMA system, the total power and torque is calculated as 124PS and 174Nm, respectively.
The Honda CR-Z is definitely much sportier than the other mainstream hybrids. It has a top speed of 124mph and takes 10.1 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint.
Honda CR-Z Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda CR-Z GT|
|Colour||Premium White Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|Fuel Type||Hybrid - Unleaded / Electric|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||64.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 27/07/10)||£19,999|