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CR-Z perfect for green bohemians

12.07.2013

EVERYONE has to agree: there is something enthralling about the Honda CR-Z’s futuristic styling.

It completely alters the perception of what a hybrid should look like, as it radically moves away from the rectangular blocky design we usually associate with hybrids.

The CR-Z recently went under the knife for some cosmetic enhancements, which has given the car a sharper look. These include a revised front grille and panoramic glass sunroof, while new 17-inch alloy wheels complement the ultra-sporty looks.

The cabin is also jam-packed with creature comforts and the cockpit is very driver focussed, with a sporty feel.

A sports car with a conscience, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is coupled with an IMA hybrid drivetrain. Together the hybrid motor and petrol engine work well in unison to produce some impressive fuel-consumption figures and a relatively athletic drive. Our test mule was averaging 6.8 litres/100km and that was hardly driven with a ‘green’ foot.

The car is fun to drive, courtesy of its sporty physique, but there is some road noise that enters the cabin at speed and the firm ride can be annoying, particularly on our rugged roads.

I’ve always been a CR-Z fan. Living with the car on a daily basis, however, proved difficult, as the back seats are merely for show and would never accommodate an adult. Add to this the fact that most diesel vehicles offer better fuel consumption, I started to re-evaluate my love affair with the CR-Z.

But admittedly, it’s a car for a niche group of people who want to do their bit to save the planet and it’s just about the best-looking hybrid to do it in.

Throw into the mix a healthy helping of standard features and amazing finishes and I understand why someone would buy one. If only I was a cooler bohemian, I could pull this car off.

Article written by Stuart Moir
12.07.2013
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