2010 HONDA INSIGHT HYBRID
2010 Honda Insight Hybrid uses a shape that’s coming to define hybrid and electric vehicles: a five-door hatchback with a smooth front and a high, abrupt tail. About the fuel consumption is almost equal to the price of the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight Hybrid thousands of dollars cheaper. But the Insight is noticeably smaller, especially for passengers in the backseat. The Honda Insight is smaller than the Prius by 2.5 inches in both length and height, and also has a 6-inch shorter wheelbase.
In addition, insight EX models add alloy wheels, cruise control, 6-speaker audio system with USB audio interface, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, Honda Vehicle Stability Assist and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition.
This car also equipped the Eco Assist system, which tells the driver how economically she’s driving by changing the background color of the speedometer. Green means good, blue means you’re a lead-foot. There’s an ECON mode that enhances fuel economy further by resetting the control logic, so the car accelerates more slowly and backs off the gas engine quicker.
2010 VAUXHALL ASTRA
2010 Vauxhall Astra is a big car for a family hatchback, It’s has the design is modern and fresh and the size pays obvious dividends in terms of interior space, though the dramatic profile at the rear robs the boot of some load space. Saying that, room for rear occupants is actually not far short of cars in the class above.
Vauxhall has been downsizing its powerplants and many of the larger engines are being replaced in the range by turbocharged units of smaller displacement. It test car was fitted with a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 140bhp, roughly the same as the outgoing 1.8-litre option. In addition, 147lb.ft of torque delivered from 1,850- to 4,900rpm gives the SRi a good turn of speed and linear delivery, which is at least a match for the old 1.8.
The interior of Vauxhall has closed the gap on VW dramatically, but not decisively. The dashboard is bold and bright with sound ergonomics and an appearance of quality combined with the practicality of plenty of storage, high levels of comfort and a generous equipment level.
About machinery and efficiency, the smaller engine pays real dividends; economy in the region of 40mpg would be very difficult to achieve with the 1.8-litre unit this engine effectively replaces, whereas it’s relatively common place in the 1.4 with over 50mpg obtainable on a conservative cruise.