Honda Shuttle Hybrid X

Honda Shuttle Hybrid Review: “Damper that should better be applied to all Honda vehicles” by Naoto Shimazaki

The new model is simply called the Shuttle, which takes the series’ name. Compared to the previous model, the wheelbase is +30mm while the full-length is only +15mm. The FF model’s full-height is maintained at 1540mm to address multi-storey parking problems in urban areas–a practical assumption.

Honestly, I personally prefer a design that will make me say “Oh!” and leave me in awe, like the skylight with back door of the recent Jade (and the past Accord Aero Deck). But the Shuttle’s basic design was created thoroughly.

The luggage floor is as low as 540mm from the ground. For the two-seater, its capacity is equal to 1141 liters. The underfloor sub trunk also has ample space. Its predecessor, the Civic Shuttle, has a great interior space, so far the highest height within the series (1480mm to 1510mm, 100mm higher in the front and rear compared to a sedan’s 1385mm).

The instrument panel, airconditioning outlet, and passenger’s seat decorative panel are exclusively designed. The position and color of the hazard lamp switch is slightly hard to find. However, the shift lever position is higher. Its calm interior feel and its functionality, such as the practical ‘deep’ pocket at the center console, are a perfect pair. The rear seats that recline and the overhead roof extend to the rear, providing a generous space.

Despite the short span of time I spent doing the test drive, I guarantee the smooth and powerful running performances of its 1.5-liter engine with motor and 7-speed DCT hybrid.

I was amazed at the overwhemingly smooth and comfortable riding feel because of the amplitude-sensitive damper. Letting go of the shock feels exquisite. I want them to apply this to all Honda vehicles. It instantly increases the quality of the riding feel in the compact vehicle class.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)