Honda Insight 1.3 ES-T Hybrid Review - Navigation Review

Probably the strongest part of the Insight’s infotainment proposition is the satellite navigation system. Granted, it can’t compete with the best aftermarket systems for features and connectivity. Traffic data is limited to the relatively rudimentary RDS-TMC system and there’s no Internet access at all. Consequently, the static Points of Interest database is of only moderate utility. But overall, the nav system remains one of the better factory-fitted solutions currently available.

For starters, it supports full seven-digit postcode input, an inexplicably rare but nevertheless extremely welcome feature among factory-fitted systems. It really does take a lot of the pain and phaff out of inputting addresses.

Another strong point is the mapping and guidance itself. As well as benefiting from well paced guidance instructions, Honda has done a really solid job on the graphics. The maps are clear, crisp and easy to read. The best bit is the secondary map that zooms in as you near a junction, roundabout or other potentially confusing road layout. It does a great job of making it very clear both where you are on the road and where you need to go to keep to the desired route. Combined with the clear voice guidance, this is one system that virtually never leaves you in doubt regarding the next turn or the correct exit to take.

Except, that is, when you happen to be cranking out some tunes. While the system does automatically reduce the volume of the entertainment music when delivering audible guidance notes, it doesn’t lower it enough for comfort and clarity. A minor glitch, perhaps, but a real nuisance in practice.

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