Coupe shootout: CR-Z vs RCZ
You wait ages for a chic little urban coupe, and then two come along at once...
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
The Honda is a lighter, pointier drive. It isn't quite as planted as the Peugeot, squishing a little into corners, but the steering is quick and direct, the six-speed manual gearbox - the first ever fitted to a hybrid - beautifully crisp. It rides firmly without turning crashy, but the CR-Z isn't, despite Honda's affirmations, very sporty. It simply isn't quick enough. A car doesn't have to be fast to be fun, true, but the CR-Z is just too slow to get the ventricles pumping. Another 20bhp, or maybe a bit more low-end kick from the electric motor, would do the job, but things are too sedate at present.