The Stig’s flying hybrids
The Stig tries to make ultra-frugal hybrids oversteer, and then jumps them over a humpbacked bridge
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
The cheapest Insight, the SE seen in this test, is £15,990 - a full £2,400 less than the base T3 Prius, which is similarly equipped. The Prius you see here is a top-of-the-range T Spirit, priced at an eye-watering £21,230. Whether the Insight's £16k is ‘affordable' depends on your frame of reference. Just don't look too closely at the price of highly efficient small diesels like the £13,920 Renault Clio Dynamique 1.5dCi if you want to pretend the Honda's ‘affordable'. Such a car, or the equivalent Ford Fiesta, is also well equipped, will do 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and emit only 123g/km CO2, compared with the Insight's 105g/km and the Prius' quite outstanding 89g/km. Small diesels take some beating.