Honda NSX interior & comfort
The Honda’s impressive design flair is as evident inside the car as it is on the outside
The interior of the Honda NSX lives up to expectations for the “aggressive daily driver” that Honda describes it as. A high central spine divides the driver and passenger, and there are angular panels complete with leather and Alcantara, which contrasts the carbon-fibre panels nicely. It’s all appropriately dramatic, but also easy enough to live with.
Honda NSX dashboard
The NSX’s interior really looks the part, with sharp lines and a sense that you’re cocooned by the high spine and wraparound dash architecture. There's lots of expensive-feeling leather and carbon-fibre trim, although the cheap-feeling metal-effect inserts aren’t up to scratch for a car of this cost.
The seats are firm and supportive, but comfortable enough to fulfil the daily-driver requirements. However, you have to pay £1,200 to get electric adjustment and seat heating. Visibility is good by low-slung sports-car standards.
The driver gets a TFT digital screen set deep behind the steering wheel, which can be configured to prioritise the information you want at any moment – and it also morphs into different screens depending on which driving mode you pick. There are the usual steering-wheel buttons and a colour touchscreen in the centre console that's similar to ones found elsewhere in Honda's car range.
The nine-speed DCT automatic gearbox is controlled by paddles on the steering wheel, which are big and easy to reach. Where there would be a gearstick in a more conventional car, the NSX has a raised spine with a series of buttons for park, drive and reverse driving modes, while the starter button takes centre stage and sits in the middle of the controls for the driving modes.
Equipment, options and accessories
The NSX comes with most of the kit you want as standard, including LED front and rear lights, cruise control, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting. However, Honda has been stingy with some items.
Front and rear parking sensors will set you back £1,700 as part of the Technology Pack, for instance, and there are plenty of other extras that you’ll be tempted to spend your cash on, including metallic paint at £800 or special paint finishes at £4,800, as well as the carbon-fibre interior pack (which looks great) at £2,300 and carbon-ceramic brakes at £7,100.
Infotainment, apps and sat nav
The NSX has a seven-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth, sat nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay: it's identical to the screen in a Honda Civic. It’s not the quickest-responding screen, and it’s a long way off the very modern-looking graphics and connectivity offered in rivals like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, but it's easy enough to use.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe NSX feels futuristic, is great fun and savagely rapid, but it’s no more efficient than a non-hybrid
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Honda NSX’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions are a bit disappointing given the presence of hybrid technology
- 3Running costsThe Honda NSX should cost much the same to run as most other cars with such elite performance ability
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Honda NSX is great fun to drive, but it's not quite as delicate and playful as the best rear-wheel-drive alternatives
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Honda’s impressive design flair is as evident inside the car as it is on the outside
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Honda NSX is good enough to be a daily driver if you travel light, but a Porsche 911 is a lot better still
- 7Reliability & safetyThere’s very little data with which to judge the Honda NSX's reliability, but it should be good in the long-term