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2011 (11) Honda CR-Z1.5 IMA Sport Hybrid 3dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

3 Mode Drive System (Sport/Normal/Eco)Audible headlight on reminder
Cruise controlDigital clock
Electric power steeringExternal temperature gauge
Multifunction computerRear parking sensor

Entertainment

Auxiliary input socketFront and rear speakers
High security audioRDS stereo radio + CD player/mp3 facility
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsSubwoofer
TweetersUSB connection

Exterior Features

Body colour door handlesBody coloured bumpers
Daytime running lightsDoor mirror integrated indicators
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrorsElectric front windows + drivers one touch
Privacy glass 

Interior Features

Accessory socketActive head restraints
Adjustable dashboard illuminationAlloy pedals
Aluminium/leather gear knobAmbient lighting
Boot lightClimate control air conditioning
Driver's footrestDriver's seat height adjustment
Driver/passenger sunvisors and lidded vanity mirrorsFront cupholder
Front map lightIlluminated glovebox
Isofix child seat restraint mechanismLeather multi function steering wheel
Passenger seat back pocketPollen filter
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheelTonneau cover
Welcome lighting 

Safety

4 x 3 point seatbeltsABS
Dual front SRS airbagsEBD + Brake Assist
Front seatbelt pretensionersHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Passenger airbag deactivate switchSide airbags
Side curtain airbags 

Security

DeadlocksLocking wheel bolts
Perimeter alarmRemote central locking
Rolling code immobiliser 

Technical

Vehicle stability assist 

Wheels

Instant mobility system
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.138CO2 (g/km)117
HC0.013Noise Level dB(A)67
NOx0.017Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1497Compression Ratio10.4:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)73Cylinders - Stroke (mm)89.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)56.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)64.2EC Urban (mpg)46.3

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power114
Coin DescriptionIMACoin SeriesSport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0717EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %80NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %71NCAP Safety Assist %86
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage90000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10Engine Power - BHP124
Engine Power - KW91Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6100Engine Torque - LBS.FT128
Engine Torque - MKG17.8Engine Torque - NM174
Engine Torque - RPM1000Top Speed124

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear195/55 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 SPOKEWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1395Length4080
Wheelbase2425Width1740
Width (including mirrors)2013 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)40Gross Vehicle Weight1520
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)401Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)225
Max. Loading Weight322Max. Roof Load50
Minimum Kerbweight1198No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Honda CR-Z

By Andy Enright

Introduction

Honda is a company that never fails to surprise us. It's an organisation with such a focus on innovation that its ideas are often far ahead of what the general public expects. So much so that it's sometimes only later that many tend to appreciate quite what they were offered and missed. The Honda NSX came and went with modest sales but is now a cult vehicle. Few realised that the Stream MPV was great fun to drive until it had been and gone. Then there's the original Insight hybrid, which is now just about the coolest city car you can buy. A certain element of this has seemed to afflict the CR-Z coupe. It too is a hybrid and seems to be a vehicle that only now is beginning to pique the attention of some. Does a small, sporty hybrid make sense? Of course it does and buying a used one takes the edge off what is usually the most genuine complaint about these cars, namely that they cost too much when new. Here's what to look for when shopping for a used example.

History

When the Honda CR-Z made its European debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it attracted little in the way of column inches. After all, what was new here? Yes, it was a sporting hybrid coupe but with 122bhp, it was never going to excite the enthusiasts and it seemed to have been trailed for so long in one guise or another that fatigue had long since set in. The concept car was first shown as the Honda Remix in 2006 and then the Small Hybrid Sports in 2007. The 'Compact Renaissance Zero' or CR-Z concept car was then shown at the 2007 Tokyo Show and then in 2009 at the same show we had the CR-Z Concept 2009. So you can understand why when the production car appeared at Geneva it was met with virtual apathy. This again? We waited so long for this car and it's got 122bhp? Pass. The CR-Z arrived in UK dealers in June 2010 and again met a muted reception. Even with its low emissions and excellent fuel economy, the CR-Z wasn't immune to the effects of the recession and discretionary purchases on sporty coupes were hit hard. Honda attempted to keep us interested, showing a Mugen model with 197bhp that didn't actually make production but graced the pages of the enthusiast press and acted as a showcase to the potential of this car. In 2011, the entry level S model was quietly dropped from the books and Honda campaigned with the better-equipped Sport and GT versions instead. A revised and more powerful CR-Z was announced at the tail end of 2012.

What You Get

The CR-Z looks exactly like a Honda sports car should, its wedgy profile and chopped-back tail showing us precisely what an Eighties CR-X coupe would look like if it were modernised for a very different world. Yes, it would be nice to see the cabin built from higher quality soft touch furnishings, but then Honda designers are rather good at building great cabins from pretty average materials: and this is a great cabin. You sit in big, winged sports seats and, as in almost every Honda, you're perfectly placed to feel totally at one with the car and engage with an array of futuristic instruments that could have been lifted from the set of a sci-fi movie. Back seat accommodation is for small children only, unless you've some particularly accommodating friends who need a lift home from the pub. The boot's reasonable though, with 225-litres on offer despite the necessarily raised height of the floor to accommodate the new lithium Ion batteries beneath. Fold down the rear seats and you can extend this to 401-litres, enough for a couple of suitcases or two golf bags. Whichever CR-Z you choose, you should find it to be decently equipped. In line with the high-tech feel of the car, even the basic model gets features like heated mirrors, daytime running lights, climate control, Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist technology and six airbags. At the very top of the range, there's a hands free telephone kit, a panoramic glass roof, xenon headlights, heated seats and full leather trim.

What to Look For

Honda's CR-Z has recorded an impressive reliability record. Look out for the usual city scrapes and kerbed alloys but very little goes wrong with the running gear. Both engine and transmission seem bullet proof and the owner profile of the CR-Z, plus the age of used examples on sale, means that they tend to be very well cared for. Many sports coupes are a bit of a shot in the dark as a used buy. Here's one that's quite the opposite. About the only thing that does wear are some of the interior fabrics on higher mileage cars.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2011 CR-Z) A headlamp unit for your CR-Z will set you back around £160, while an air conditioning compressor is £300. A starter motor is £120 while a set of uprated EBC front brake pads will set you back £75. Standard OEM pads can be yours for £50 a pair.

On the Road

Just how much fun is it really possible to have with only 1.5-litres of engine beneath the bonnet, a petrol powerplant lacking either turbocharging or supercharging to wake it up? A modest amount, as you might guess. This unit does have an extra ingredient that gives it a bit of extra zip - namely the electric motor that sits between the engine and the gearbox and throws in an extra 14bhp when required boosting output to 122bhp. At the wheel, the really neat bit is this Honda's 3-Mode Drive System. This is basically a way of adapting the IMA hybrid technology according to driver preferences via 'Sport', 'Normal' and 'Econ' modes selected through rocker switches adjacent to the steering wheel. Selecting 'Sport' not only changes the instrument hue to red to get you in the mood but also delivers more torque from the electric motor at the same time as sharpening both throttle and steering response. In this mode, the Honda registers a sprint time of just over 10s to 60mph which isn't too bad, but it'll still be left at the lights by any self-respecting hot hatch and quite a few merely warm ones as well. The Honda feels briskish and no more, although the added torque of the electric motor's contribution at around 1500rpm gives it a welcome feeling of muscularity. Run the system on full assist to get the most performance and you'll also feel the benefit at the very top end, but doing so will deplete the battery's reserves quite quickly, whereupon the CR-Z will feel distinctly flat. Honda has done a good job on making the most of what the CR-Z's got and the tuned exhaust makes a great noise, as indeed does the eager and energetic Honda engine. This car might not make any big performance numbers but that doesn't mean you can't have fun driving it.

Overall

The Honda CR-Z has been a car which has never really gained traction with British buyers. Honda revised the car heavily in 2012 to remedy this but we're interested in these pre-facelift cars here. Are they worth a punt on the used market? Absolutely. As long as you don't want a sports coupe that's genuinely rapid in a straight line, you shouldn't be disappointed. The CR-Z handles tidily, has a charisma of its own and will turn in respectable fuel economy figures. Little goes wrong with these cars, previous owners will normally have soft-pedalled them and they might well become quite a cool niche product. Get in quick.

Performance
80%
Handling
100%
Comfort
70%
Space
40%
Styling
90%
Build
50%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
90%

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