The Honda CR-Z looks great inside and out, plus it’s fun to drive and every version comes well equipped. The hybrid system works smoothly and keeps running costs low.
There’s lots of road noise at speed and the ride is firm. The rear seats are very cramped and fuel economy isn’t as good as it is in some diesel rivals.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
A 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor work together to produce a combined output of 135bhp. That doesn’t sound like much, but the CR-Z is a small and light car and its hybrid system provides a smooth flow of power, so acceleration is reasonably spirited. Well chosen gear ratios help you keep things on the boil, too.
Ride & Handling
The CR-Z has an agile, darty feel, because its suspension keeps body roll to a minimum and the front-end responds to the tiniest tug on the wheel. Unfortunately, this ultra-quick steering makes the CR-Z feel nervous on the motorway, and the low-speed ride is firm.
The hybrid powertrain and engine stop-start system work smoothly and the gearshift is satisfyingly slick. However, some wind noise enters the cabin at speed and there’s so much road noise that you may well find yourself cranking up the stereo. The petrol engine gets loud when you rev it, but it remains civilised.