Honda Shuttle 1.5 G
Honda Shuttle 1.5 (A) Review

Oneshift Editorial Team
29 Oct 2015
 

Introduction and Exterior
Fun fact of the day: the Honda Fit shares its platform with at least 4 other cars – the Vezel, City, Mobilio, and Shuttle. While the Fit is a small family hatchback, the Vezel is a mini SUV-esque tall hatchback, the City is a Fit with 4 doors, the Mobilio is a Fit with 7 seats, and finally the Shuttle is its station wagon cousin.

The Shuttle is the newest addition to the family, and coincidentally, it is the subject for this review today. The Shuttle was a replacement for the Airwave, which was well loved by families for its balance of space, attractive styling, and keen prices.

On the outside, the Shuttle shares little with the Fit it is based on, other than the four doors, front wings, and the wing mirrors. The Shuttle receives its own unique front fascia, which includes daytime running lights (DRL), LED headlights, and Honda’s signature chrome winged grille that stretches into the headlights.

Along the sides, the strong creases on the doors define the side profile of the car, while the chrome roof rails are a classy and practical touch. With a ground up redesign, the Shuttle also benefits from having a less fussy and chunky rear end than that on the Fit. A chrome strip runs across a large length on the boot joining the rear lights, which by the way, are modern LEDs items and look a treat in the dark.

In the cabin
Inside, the Shuttle isn’t as far a departure from the Fit as the exterior. Most interior panels are taken from the Fit parts bin, the seats, door cards, steering wheel, and many other cabin components such as air conditioning vents are shared.

Different from the Fit are the niceties such as the nifty touch sensitive automatic climate control, and more significantly, the presence of the centre console between the driver and front passenger. The console provides for an armrest, a usefully deep cubbyhole, a raised gear lever position, and yet another cubbyhole beneath the gear lever, practical touches that lift the cabin.

The cabin is nicely put together with tough and durable materials, and the brushed metallic-effect trim pieces on the dash and doors work a treat in lifting the cabin’s atmosphere. The cabin feels more premium than the car’s actual price tag.

The biggest draw of the cabin is without doubt its practically. The Shuttle also features the Fit’s ultra practical, ultra versatile Ultra Seats - the rear seats may fold down flat to create a flat loading surface from the boot, and folding the front passenger seat backwards may extend the loading area further. Furthermore, the seat base may fold up to create a tall loading space good for upright items like plants.

With an extra 445mm length over the Fit, the Shuttle has a larger cargo area in the boot too. Under the boot floor, there’s a decently sized additional storage space, perhaps good for car care products and shoes.

The Shuttle’s cabin is a very fine effort from Honda, it’s infinitely practical, well made, and visually attractive.

On the road
Behind the wheel, the Fit’s DNA is also apparent too. The Fit’s handling finesse and well-sprung ride shine when one gets behind the wheel of the Shuttle. The Shuttle is better to drive than most family hatchbacks thanks to its light but responsive controls and brilliant all round visibility. It’s a car suitable especially for novice drivers.

The 1.5-litre engine is eager and delivers great performance figures of 130bhp and 155Nm of torque, putting the Shuttle right at the top of the Cat A COE band. While most CVT gearboxes dull the driving experience, the one in the Shuttle is able to deliver the engine’s keen performance onto the road effectively.

Honda’s legendary reliability will likely be a draw for most buyers, as will be its fuel efficiency. During our test, fuel consumption averaged about 15km/L, spectacular results indeed.

Conclusion
Like most Japanese family wagons, the new Honda Shuttle is an honest and efficient car, but what it has over many of its competitors is that it has a soul. It’s one of those cars that causes you to feel attached to it, thanks to its lively dynamics and handsome styling. On top of this, it’s a great family car for not too much money too. The Shuttle has to be on your shopping list if you are looking for a station wagon or a practical family runabout, it’s really that good.

 

Car review sponsored by: Autolink Holdings

Car Loan Calculator - Honda Shuttle 1.5 G (A)

N.A

Based on OMV, this car is eligible for minimum 30% down payment

Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end

HIGHEST PRICE FOR YOUR CAR

Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Angie is prompt and helpful. She managed to get me a quote and connect me to the dealer in 24hrs. My car was sold in less than 1 week with the highest offer I received. Thank you Angie.

Gina Ismail - 20 hours ago

Sold my car through SwiftQuote within a day after with reason price. highly recommended

Lee Chia Zheng - 20 hours ago

Tried many platforms to sell my car. Only SwiftQuote seem to be genuinely sincere. They made the effort to follow up with my selling process from start to finish. Very positive experience with them. Highly recommended to those who are looking to sell their cars.

Wee Haydn - 20 hours ago

Really quick and efficient ,, first class services 👍

Tan Soon Beng - 6 days ago

It is simple straightforward platform to sell car. Hassle free and settled with buyer on the spot. Have a fantastic experience. Thanks SwiftQuote

Lìlì Ramli - 1 week ago

Speedy turnaround with quotes and follow up to arrange for meeting between me and dealer. Everything settled within a week. One of the Smoothest dealing I have ever experienced.

Md Fadly Safie - 1 week ago

Thanks for your quick response in getting me a buyer really impressive , I am thankful . Please keep up the good work . Cheers

Joseph Tay - 1 week ago

I have to take the credit to Angie for the very prompt updates and timely follow up on this deal. Is one of the nicest deal I ever closed with such good service team Angie's is in. I managed to close a deal with the arranged date. Thumbs up for the team!!

Frankie Chong - 2 weeks ago
Honda Shuttle 1.5 G (A)

Research this Car

Engine

Engine Capacity 1496cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Bore x Stroke (73 x 89.4)mm
Power 130bhp @ 6600rpm
Torque 155Nm @ 4600rpm
Power to Weight 92.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type Wagon
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4064 x 1701 x 1524) mm
Wheelbase 2530 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1405 kg
Boot Capacity 470 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1492 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs