The Honda Freed five-door MPV was first introduced in 2008 as the replacement for the Honda Mobilo. Based on the versatile Jazz/Fit platform, it comes in three seating configurations – five, six and seven. First available with a petrol engine, a hybrid variant was launched in 2011. The latest Honda Freed is the second generation model which was first introduced in 2016 and it has just undergone a minor makeover in late 2019.
The Honda Freed 1.5G Hybrid Sensing is powered by a hybrid drivetrain comprising a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with 108 PS and 134 Nm, electric motor and battery combo with max power and torque of 29 hp and 160 Nm, and 7-speed automatic transmission. While it won’t win many traffic light sprints, it’s very fuel-efficient – Honda claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.8 litres per 100 km. This works out to 20.8 km/litre.
To optimise its people and cargo ferrying capability, the Honda Freed 1.5G Hybrid Sensing has power sliding rear doors which can be easily activated with a pull of the door handle and the pinch prevention mechanism prevents hands and fingers from being clamped accidentally. Also, the second-row seat, with centre armrest, is split 6:4 and can tumble while the third row is split 5:5 with flip-up seats to allow various passenger and cargo-carrying possibilities.
Being a hybrid variant, the special features include a dedicated hybrid select lever and “HYBRID” emblem. On the aspect of safety, the Honda Freed 1.5G Hybrid Sensing is equipped with Honda SENSING – a suite of features to ensure all-round safety. Included in this comprehensive package are collision mitigation brake, pedestrian accident reduction steering, sign recognition function, road departure suppression function, lane-keeping support system and adaptive cruise control. LED headlights and LED active cornering lights aid in safety as well.