Honda Shuttle G

Honda Shuttle Review: “Even the base gasoline model offers sufficient interior quality and performance” by Naoki Aoyama

I can say that the space utility of the Fit is the best among compact cars worldwide.

The Shuttle is the compact wagon version of the Fit. Its interior space was inherited from the Fit. The rear seat that has a reclining mechanism has 15cm overhead behind the driving position, with my 172cm height as reference. I can also relax inside since there is a 18cm circumference for knee space apt for a high class wagon.

Its luggage space is also huge. Its size and capacity is equal to that of a wagon with number three license plate. Loading and unloading of your luggages and your pet is easier because its floor is low and heavy. It is a little sad though that they removed the multi-board present in the previous gasoline vehicles, which divides the front and rear luggage and closes in a shape similar to the letter A. This grade does not have a multi-use basket, a storage behind the rear seat, a concept made from the opinions of hotel clerks and concierge.

Its design around the meter and shifter is not as advanced as the hybrid. The running performance of the gasoline vehicle G, a vehicle that has both a CVT and 1.5-liter gasoline engine that has 132p and 21.8km/liter fuel efficiency, is average compared to the hybrid model.

It certainly generates torque and its power performance is enough. However, its riding comfort is affected by its normal suspension and 15-inch tires which give off a bumpy feeling, stiffer than that of the hybrid. A shock when going over a ramp or a man hole can really be felt, compared to the hybrid. It has an impression that it lacks suppleness. This is because they did not adopt the vibration damper made by Sachs for hybrid vehicles.

Moreover, they did not gave soundproofing and sound absorbing materials (including the front soundproofing glass) to it unlike the hybrid model. Therefore, the noise from the engine that produces over 3000 rotations is quite noticeable.

Nevertheless, because it has a briskier feeling than the hybrid in terms of maneuverability, I may have felt that it exceeds a gasoline engine in terms of sportiness.

The capacity of its luggage floor storage (hybrid has only one while the gasoline model has two areas) is what makes it advantageous, rather than its price. As for the price, it costs 1.69 million yen, which is 300,000 cheaper than the stock vehicle of the hybrid model. It’s also 500,000 yen cheaper than the Hybrid X, a standard grade with developed running performance.

If you test drive both the gasoline and hybrid models on their stock grade, you’ll find that both have a design around the driver’s seat, quality in terms of running performance, comfort, seat comfort (X grade and beyond; upholstery is different between both), and quietness. It really seemed that the current Shuttle is only a hybrid model and that the gasoline model is a Classy Resorter. One would tend to think that the new Shuttle’s concept, ‘Well, let’s go to the resort,’ and its theme are a bit off.

Even a 188cm tall person can lie down straight by bringing down the rear seat low and flat, and reversing the headrest. The arrangement of the seat, making a 185cm bed length and spending the night in the vehicle possible, is better compared to the Hybrid X and Hybrid Z equipped with multi-use baskets. (It has become a more flat a bed because multi-use baskets were not equipped in it.)

Incidentally, Honda’s latest advance safety equipment Honda Sensing is not available as an option in the Shuttle. In my opinion, it wasn’t equipped with this technology so as not to be different from the older Fit. In the future, once this option becomes available for the Fit, they should also provide it as an option in the Shuttle.

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

Naoki Aoyama| Motor Journalist / Dog Life Journalist

He became a freelance motor journalist after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He started as a writer that specializes on automotive magazines, then general news magazines and websites. He also worked on publication of pet (dog) and overseas travel, pet and drive-related television program as well as events. He is currently, expanding his career as a dog life producer. He is selected as a committee in Japan Car of the Year.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)