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#1 redmires

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:33 PM

Has anybody done the switch (or Insight to Prius) ?

My Prius goes back next week. The 2 year lease is up and I've signed up for a Honda Insight ES-T. I don't know what has happened to Prius lease prices but they have gone sky high. What was costing me nearly £400/month would now cost me nearer £500/month for a T4 with no extras. The Insight is costing just over £300/month.... no competion. And it's a better spec, built in sat nav etc. It's just a question of financials and I have no loyalties, the car is a workhorse and I don't get emotionally attached to them.

What can I expect from the Insight then ?

Lower mpg ? - 60 v 70 mpg (quoted figures)
Less power ? - 1350cc v 1800cc

The Prius has been a decent car. On the negative side, it rattled to much for my liking and I find the interior to be very poor build quality. The plastics are particularly bad. On the plus side, it was ultra reliable (unlike the Nissan I had previously) and has covered 38000 miles at an average of 57.91mpg. The original tyres are still on (and legal). And the service costs were reasonable.

I'll stay on the board for a couple of months and give a comparison of the two.

Thanks for all the useful info over the last couple of years......

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

Before I bought my Prius in 2009 I actually looked at the Insight. There wasn't much in the price - about £15,000 if I remember but the Prius was much more car for the money. Since then however, the Prius has gone up about £4,000 whereas the Insight has gone up about £1,000, making it much more viable despite the compromises.

It's not as big, not as fast, not as nice to drive, not as reliable, not free tax but it's still a reasonable economical automatic petrol car and now very well priced.

It's still too small for me, which is a shame, but the Prius costs are just ridiculous now, especially the plug in, and I for one won't be buying another new.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:16 PM

Did you price an Auris HSD?

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:22 PM

T4 Auris hybrid would be about £400/month for 2 year 20k. Didn't consider it.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:52 AM

There are some bargains on the Insight as follows;

Insight prices start at £16,995 and head up to £20,995

Auris costs range from £20,295 to £22,745

Prius range from £21,560 to £24,870


I'm guessing options apply to all the above for metalic paint etc etc, but if you're just after a basic, cheap automatic hybrid then the Insight is £3,300 cheaper than the Auris and £4,565 cheaper than the basic Prius. If it was bigger, I'd take a punt on the Insight for the £4,500 saving!

That's a big deal.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:11 AM

Looked at the Insight last year. Honda salesman was OK but not as good as the Toyota chap. Toyota knew far more about their products. There is a big cost saving buying the Insight but I have reservations about its quality and reliability but then I have never owned one. If you want a fairly decent basic car I suppose it is OK.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

Our neighbour has an insight and we would conclude that so long as you can afford to take your time, the insight is a better package. The prius has an engine which is 33% bigger and it feels like it. The insight is equiped and finished better than the cheapest toyota hybrid.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:46 AM

Don't mention the 'biblically terrible' Clarkson review.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:59 PM

lol, that was one dreadful review BUT it's Clarkson we're talking about. His views of the Prius are also as scathing. Best way is to find out for yourself and take one for a test drive. Infact, I think I might just do that. Let's see it compares to the Prius which I am now very familier with.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:07 PM

Hello all. I said that I would report back.

I've had the Insight for about 10 weeks now and covered just over 5,000 miles. Here's a few observations and comparisons.

Build quality
Insight much better than Prius - feels more solid, no rattles etc. I had a glasses case jammed into the Prius dashboard for the two years I had it in an attempt to stop the rattles.

Space
Smaller than the Prius but not by that much.

Service
Every 12,500 miles as opposed to the 10k of the Prius. Not had a first service yet so cannot comment on the price.

MPG
Averaging 54mpg compared to 58mpg in Prius. May improve as weather warms up.

Engine/Drive train
Insight nowhere near as smooth as the Prius. Uses stop-start technology and the battery never powers the car on its own. As soon as the brake pedal is released, the engine starts, which is a nuisance in crawling traffic. The Insight feels more like a normal car, as opposed to the futurist feel of the Prius.

Comfort
Not much in it. Both feel ok on long journeys.

Finish
Non-metallic finish on the Insight seems more robust than the metallic paint on the Prius. Less prone to dead flies and bird muck leaving permanent marks.

Road holding
The insight feels more sure footed on cornering but I never thrash the cars so can't give proper account.

Fixtures and Fittings
Insight came well spec'd. Sat Nav fitted as standard, Long wave on the radio for the cricket, Ipod/USB connectivity. As mentioned previously, the Insight lease cost at £311/month was at least £150/month cheaper than the T4 Prius. Having said that, I notice the price of the Insight has shot up now so I must have got the last of the good deals on that car.

Overall
If price wasn't a factor then I would have a Prius. However, the price difference cannot be ignored. Perhaps a Prius with the Honda build quality or an Insight with the drive train of the Prius would be the best choice.

Finally, the Prius went off to auction I believe so if anyone is driving a newly aquired dark grey T4 with about 39k on the clock, reg of **10 JEO, then look after her, won't you :)

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