We tested the Honda CR-Z ‘Sport’ model which cost £18,735 when tested.
There are three trims/grades – the ‘S’, ‘Sport’ and the top of the range ‘GT’ grade.The Honda CR-Z ‘S’ is equipped with:
16" Alloy Wheels, Multi-function driver computer, 3 Mode Drive System (Sport/Normal/Econ), Dual front, side and curtain airbags, Front seat belt pre-tensioners, Active front head restraints, Vehicle Stability Assist, Perimeter security alarm, Daytime running lights, Climate controlled air conditioning and an Auxiliary input for MP3 playerThe Honda CR-Z ‘Sport’ gains:
Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise control, Privacy glass, High power audio, USB port for MP3 player, Leather multi-function steering wheel, Alloy pedals, Ambient lighting And Power folding heated door mirrors.The Honda CR-Z ‘GT’ adds:
Leather upholstery, panoramic glass roof, heated front seats, HID xenon headlights, Front fog lights, Hands Free Telephone, Auto headlights and Auto wipers.Safety and Security
All grades of Honda CR-Z are equipped with a single CD/audio system and auxiliary jack with MP3/WMA playback capability, and volume control which automatically adjusts according to vehicle speed.
The ‘Sport’ and ‘GT’ models gain high power audio, USB port for MP3 player or iPod. There is an option for Satellite Navigation but at a list price of £1860, we doubt many would select this option.
Overall the system is pleasing and perfectly acceptable for standard fit equipment.Infotainment
The Honda CR-Z scored 5-stars in the Euro NCAP (safety rating), adult occupancy 93%, child occupancy 80%; pedestrian protection 71% and safety assist 86%.
All CR-Z models are fitted with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA / commonly known as ESP) system as standard. There are dual front and side airbags with full length side curtain airbags and three-point seatbelts in all seating positions (those in the front have dual-stage pre-tensioners).
The outer two rear seats are fitted with child seat ISOFIX fittings (which you should use if you have child seats, we always recommend you seek out ISOFIX child seats, they are far more secure). You can also disable the front seat passenger airbag should you wish to place a child seat in the front.Rivals
The Honda CR-Z was a lot of fun but it’s not without its flaws – it cannot accommodate a family in any comfort and a pram would be difficult to fit in the boot.
On the eco-front we like the principle of the car and what Honda is trying to achieve – but we would like to see better fuel economy to reward our purchasing decision. In saying that no-one to date has really produced a cheapish – hybrid coupe – Honda has – and if you are looking for a hybrid then it is worth looking at and so is the Honda Jazz Hybrid, especially if you have a young family.
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