I VOLT more! - Driving report HONDA CR-Z

Who is the HONDA CR-Z a recommendation for? Clearly for people who drive a car not as a burden, but as a pleasure. Prefer the sporty road holding and handling to the transport and converting skills of a station wagon and are on the move with a green conscience and conserve resources. ,
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Do you remember what you drove 1987 for a car?
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1987 brought the Japanese manufacturer HONDA the already 2.te generation of its CRX (ED9) on the German market. It was one of those cars that gave a picture to a manufacturer in my memory. The CRX was small, handy, light and fast thanks to its 80kW strong 1.6l engine.
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Personally, I like to remember a colleague at the federal government - that was in 1995 - he had a CRX (EE8) with VTEC technology, whose engine made an impressive 150PS at just under 8.000 revolutions. A high-speed compact two-door with a not particularly generous limit range. I was able to convince myself of this when I suddenly stood backwards in a courtyard exit on a brisk drive. But everything went well.
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My memories of HONDA are therefore next to the cult athlete NSX, especially positive to the small CRX with his madly spinning engine.
This is 15 years ago, in addition to oil price shocks, distribution wars and environmental protection has also done much in the automotive construction.
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Electric vehicles to protect our oil resources are already blinking on the horizon with their LED daytime running lights.
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Hybrid automobiles are evolving from a fashion apparel to a stably growing size in registration numbers.
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After the Prius, which is primarily successful in the USA, not only Toyota (Lexus) now sells the green driver conscience in the form of a "hybrid" automobile.
So far, hybrid automobiles were primarily a green fig leaf on the soul of the automobile vice.
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Now comes HONDA and presents us with the legitimate successor of the compact athlete HONDA CRX on the yard.
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Curtain on:

The HONDA CR-Z.

The first MildHybrid with 6-Gang manual transmission.

The HONDA CR-Z is the first sports hybrid that is not delivered with an automatic transmission but with the still popular with sporty motorists hand control.
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In the case of the CR-Z, this is a crisp to be switched, with short shifts joy preparing 6-gear box.
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HONDA Germany provided us with a test car in the GT variant with a comprehensive equipment package.
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In the tested variant, the small hybrid athlete had an RRP of € 29.270.
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Admittedly: a lot of money for a 4m long, 2-seater coupe.
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Actually, and so it says in the vehicle registration, the CR-Z is a so-called 2 + 2 seater. He is authorized to transport 4 persons.
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So far the theory.
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In practice, we could not even move our Terrier to sit on the back seat.
The 2 seat hollows in the second row are more suitable for transporting small hand luggage than human bipeds. With the exception of very small children in mountable child seats.
At its base price of € 24.990, the test car had, among other things, pleasant extras such as a DVD navigation with touchscreen (€ 2.200), leather seats for the first row of seats (€ 900) and a large panoramic roof (€ 700 ) to offer.
As usual with the Asian models, the standard range was with such fine ingredients as:
  • 4 Airbags
  • Fog Lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Stabilization program (similar to ESP)
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cruise Control
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel and aluminum gear knob
  • Heated seats
  • Light and rain sensor
  • Xenon light
ex works in the GT variant already generous.
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Unfortunately also "typical" Japanese is the interior appearance. The brittle charm of the 80er in coarse hard plastic form has now evaporated, but neither feel nor appearance are in the class of Audi or Volkswagen located.
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For this HONDA provides with a so-called 3D speedometer and many additional digital displays for a high entertainment value in the cockpit.
Getting used to is the arrangement of the many switches and buttons.
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In particular the navigation system with the graphic performance of an AMIGA 128 confuses with many buttons and not always consistent logic. Diametrically opposed to the graphics performance of the navigation system, the cockpit lighting is overpowering with changing colors depending on the driving style.
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However, once you have familiarized yourself with the operation, you will notice that the ergonomics in the cockpit are ideally suited for long distances or the sporty curve hunt thanks to the comfortable chairs in the front row and the adjustable steering wheel.
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And one has become accustomed to the fact that one is only "economically" on the way when the cockpit lighting around the speedometer glows green, one feels the color change in the blue as easily usable indication of the currently used Bleefuss.
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The sporty cornering and relaxed routes overland were then also the primary test field of the CR-Z during his stay with us.
 
The completely unspectacular and harmonious cooperation of the 1.5l petrol engine with the 14PS strong electric motor was especially pleasant. Together, they both provide 174Nm torque between 1.000 and 1.500 revolutions.
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Equipped in this way, you can cruise relaxed in the 5th gear in the city and 6th gear overland is a good choice - as long as you don't want to overtake.
As relaxing as the joint torque of both drive units in the lower engine speed range makes driving, the small 1.5l 4 cylinder is very disappointing at high engine speeds.
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To create the widest possible balancing act between Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the ergonomic cruiser and the sporty highway hunt,
HONDA has created options for the CR-Z pilot. “ECON-NORMAL - SPORT”, To the left of the steering wheel are the buttons with the corresponding inscriptions to choose from.
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It usually starts in normal mode (which can be programmed via the on-board computer). The ECON mode packs the accelerator pedal in a felt cotton ball and you have to push much more energetic.
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The driving modes selection not only affects the steering and accelerator characteristics, but also the way the electric motor and the gasoline engine interact.
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The ECON mode is a kind of "immobilization" of the driver.
Whereas the SPORT mode not only colors the cockpit lighting in bright red, but also promotes a clearly sporty motivated driving style with a more aggressive accelerator characteristic and lower servo assistance.
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We tried both modes on our consumption test drive.
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In how far, the driving modes settings actually affect the gas mileage, we can not clearly understand.
The gauges driven by different drivers at different times have resulted in a difference of 0,7l / 100km in favor of the ECON mode.
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The test average - over all trips - was 6,11 liters per 100 km. The minimum consumption, determined in ECON mode, was 4,82 l per 100 km. Even in sport mode and extreme country chase, the average consumption cannot be driven above the 8l mark.
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In view of the performance offered, we consider the consumption values ​​of the HONDA CR-Z to be at least appropriate.
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The saving potentials of the technology in the form perfectly combined by HONDA are clearly comprehensible.
In daily use, the consumption of the small mild hybrid can easily and easily bring under the 6l brand for 100km.
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What do we miss on the HONDA CR-Z?
Of course, a speedy engine like him z.Bsp. was used in S2000.
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For whom is the HONDA CR-Z a recommendation?
Clearly for people the car driving not as a burden, but feel like pleasure. The sporty
Better roadholding and handling than the transport and conversion capabilities of a station wagon, while conserving resources with a green conscience.
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Would "I" buy the HONDA CR-Z?
Yes, yes.
For my wife.
For me personally missing at least 100 gasoline PS and and probably 40 more electric PS.
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