Honda CR-Z Review 2012 Sport Reviews Prices Australian specifications

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Vehicle Style: hybrid coupe

Price: (plus on-roads)

Fuel (claimed): 5.0 l/100km

Fuel (tested): 6.9 l/100km

Think are boring? Think again. CR-Z Sport proves you don’t need to sacrifice fun to be conscious.

It also proves hybrid powertrains can be surprisingly when mated to something than a CVT automatic.

For a car that’s as at delivering thrills as it is saving at the pump, the CR-Z is without

Quality: It’s a dark, atmosphere in the CR-Z’s black-on-black but there’s an air of quality too thanks to plastics and solid switchgear.

The trim pieces on the centre and door handles have a look and feel, and the futuristic cluster is fantastic to look at and laid out.

Comfort: The cloth seats are supportive and but could use heavier bolstering on the squab to help keep the legs in place during cornering.

The rear seats are next to though. Even with the seats fully forward little legroom, and even a amputee would find a with rear headroom there isn’t any.

But missing the point. The CR-Z meant to carry passengers, meant to carve corners.

Standard features on the CR-Z include climate-control, cruise-control, a computer, six-speaker AM/FM with CD and MP3 compatibility, USB audio iPod integration, Bluetooth foglamps, LED daytime running and 16-inch alloy wheels.

With the CR-Z’s battery and spare tyre stacked on top of other, the boot floor is high and consequently the luggage is quite shallow.

Still, 225 litres of room with the seatback up and 401 litres with the backrest folded.

In-cabin is provided by long doorbins, a glovebox and a storage tray at the of the centre stack.

Driveability: only a combined 91kW and coming from the CR-Z’s 1.5 petrol/electric powertrain, but give it of revs and, though it do with a little more it nevertheless feels livelier its spec sheet suggests.

The electric assistance motor much like a low-boost on a conventional engine. It fills in the hole that a naturally-aspirated 1.5 would normally have at low and helps get the petrol engine up the meat of its powerband.

Unlike a though, the power delivery is with near-instant throttle when in Sport mode.

The manual transmission, however, is a disappointing.

Honda’s sporting like the Civic Type R always been blessed slick, precise gearshifts, yet the shifter feels loose and by comparison.

At least the spread of is broad, which helps the best out of the CR-Z’s engine.

Our complaints? The 1.5 litre’s single cam i-VTEC valvetrain isn’t cutting edge, and the engine’s internal dimensions mean it spins to an un-sporty 6600rpm.

Refinement: There’s plenty of and engine noise, as you’d for a semi-sporting model.

Aside that, there’s no rattly trim and wind noise is absent thanks to the CR-Z’s shape.

Suspension: The CR-Z’s uses MacPherson struts up and a torsion beam axle at the which isn’t the most set up around but still capable of plenty of thrills.

It will, most FWD cars, progress understeer when pushed but there’s quite a substantial of grip on hand. Coupled the CR-Z’s light weight and electric power steering, quite a nimble little

It turns in keenly, and the steering is quite direct for an electrically-assisted There’s a small amount of steer on corner exit which is a tad surprising for a car with 174Nm of twist.

The damping is and a little jarring over bumps, but it’s comfortable on undulating highway runs.

Braking: The brake pedal is and the strength of the regenerative braking increases in Sport and Eco mode effectively increasing the CR-Z’s performance.

Each corner is with disc brakes at front, solid at rear), by single-piston sliding calipers.

features: Front, front and curtain airbags, stability traction control, active head restraints, ABS, EBD and assist are all standard on the CR-Z


Warranty: Vehicle coverage lasts three Rust warranty extends to six and the hybrid battery is warranted for years.

Service costs: purchase, consult your Honda dealer for servicing and charges.

Hyundai Veloster + ($27,990) — Hyundai’s locally-delivered sporty offering the Tiburon, the Veloster’s 1.6 litre engine outputs 103kW and giving it more power but torque than the CR-Z.

In grade Veloster + form, the also offers more equipment than the entry-level Sport, yet retails for $7000 (see Veloster reviews )

Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 — Firmly-sprung and somewhat refined, the RenaultSport Clio is a far more focused performance than the CR-Z.

Its 2.0 litre inline four monsters the for output, producing 147kW and (see Clio reviews )

VW GTI 3 Door ($27,790) — Not as as the similarly priced Veloster +, but a cracking drive thanks to its 132kW/250Nm 1.4 litre engine.

only issue? No manual is offered, which may turn off potential buyers. (see reviews )

Note: all prices are List Price and do not include delivery or on-road costs.


Hybrid cars long been seen as to ‘real’ driving enthusiasts, but the CR-Z turns that on its head.

It’s astonishing difference is made when a manual transmission is paired a hybrid powertrain.

In the CR-Z’s while it’s not especially in sheer straight-line performance, a combo makes for a car that’s fun to drive yet remarkably thrifty. our week-long test we recorded an of 6.9 l/100km, despite having the throttle pinned to the firewall of the time.

Can you have your cake and eat it With the CR-Z, yes. Yes you

The value equation doesn’t a whole lot of sense though. For the to truly gain popularity as an sporting drive, it will a few thousand chopped off the sticker

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