Honda S660 α 6MT

Honda S660 Review: “It doesn’t totally have 0% user-friendliness, has an assuring fuel consumption” by Naoto Shimazaki

“I’m putting a box of freshly baked pizza on my lap, and I stuffed the eco bags filled with grocery items at my feet.” For families who understand that you can also sit on the passenger seat when going home from the supermarket with this tough situation, the user-friendliness of the S660 is not totally 0%.

I test drove the Copen around the same time, and in terms of the trunk and cabin space, the Copen offers a bigger space. You can’t even put a hand carry briefcase at the back of the S660’s driver’s seat. Actually, there’s a back pocket in the back of the passenger seat, but this might be the last thing that a passenger would want to use, isn’t it? The opening of the side sill and instrument panel when embarking and disembarking is also small, and it needs more effort in handling the footwork. It would be a bit easier if the seat can be slid backwards when disembarking, just like when racers hand the wheel over to another driver during a race.

Speaking of easy, getting the hang of rolling its 7.1kg rolltop roof forward or backward is easy to do. If you want to roll it backward, you have to unfasten its lever lock, and if you want to roll it forward, you pull the point of the box sheets on the bed mattress (if you’re operating it alone, you can also use one side of it). And if you fix its pin, it will lock the lever at once.

I am a fan of this car’s driveability, and when I drove it on actual streets, I saw its driveability in a new light. If your body becomes familiar with this car, you will really become one with it, and you can comfortably drive well on mountain roads. The seats of the α grade, available in genuine leather or lux suede upholstery, are just the right size, and maintain precise body posture even on winding roads.

I was able to drive as I please on mountain roads with this 6-speed MT that has a fuel consumption of 19km/L (and its fuel consumption with the JC08 mode is 21.2km/L). Its fuel tank has a capacity of 25L, thus you can have a full tank even if you disregard the size of its tires.

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 Claire Marie Sausora)