First Drive

Honda Clarity 2017 verdict and specs

Fuelled by hydrogen and emitting only water from its exhaust pipe, the new Honda Clarity fuel cell car could be the future of motoring. We drive it on public roads for the first time

Words BySteve Cropley

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Should I buy one?

It's disappointing that you can't, given that Hyundai and Toyota already offer their fuel cell cars to private individuals.

Okay, the limited number of hydrogen filling stations in the UK means these vehicles aren't suitable for many people at the moment, but a drive in the Clarity makes it easy to see why many experts see fuel cell vehicles as the long-term answer to our transport and pollution problems.

The Clarity is a comfortable, quiet and practical car that can travel more than 400 miles between refills. Or, to put it another way, it does everything you'd expect a large family car to do, all while expelling nothing but water vapour.

A hydrogen-powered Honda can't come too soon, especially if it can be sold for closer to Β£30,000 than Β£40,000.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

Toyota Mirai


Honda Clarity

Engine type Electric, hydrogen fuel cell

Price NA

Power 174bhp

Torque 221lb ft

0-62mph 9.0sec

Top speed 104mph

Range 403 miles

CO2/BIK band 0g/km/7%

Insurance group TBC

Airbags TBC

Doors 5

Seats 5

On sale Never

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