Front view of Honda e

New Honda e

From £34,420

Welcome to a new age of Honda driving. A comfortably insulated car in a virtually soundless world.

Space everywhere

No centre console means the interior feels even wider, further enhanced by a walk-through flat floor in the front and rear of the cabin, you can settle in and enjoy the full-screen instrument panel.

The Honda e is home to a unique and relaxing environment. Surprisingly spacious, it has been created with natural materials and wood finish accents. Living alongside the natural tones of the car is the wide variety of modern advancements. With a full width digital dashboard which is completely occupied by a whopping 12.3" LCD touchscreen. Added to these screens is a 8.8" TFT screen sitting behind the steering wheel to keep you across your journey's vital data.

It’s got Power

​​The Honda e has been designed with the urban commuter in mind. To this end this new EV will achieve up to 136 miles on a single full charge running off a 35.5kWh battery. Honda have taken the average UK commute of 40-miles around when selecting and building the battery into the e. In regards to driving feel, as you would imagine, the Honda e is a silent runner. The battery positioning in the vehicle and rear wheel drive means that the vehicle enjoys 50:50 weight distribution

Every area of the Honda e has been carefully designed to ensure you get the most out of it every time you step behind the wheel.

  • Chassis created to provide exceptional handling and comfort
  • Powerful electric motor drives the rear wheels to give you a better drive feel
  • Battery positioning, along with rear wheel drive technology help give 50:50 balance
  • Keeping the battery cool is essential to maintaining battery performance
  • Lithium-ion battery compatible with Type 2 AC connector or CCS2 DC rapid charger.
  • Centre location of charge point makes for ease of charging

What trim levels are on the Honda e?

Welcome home

The Honda e is home to a unique and relaxing environment. Surprisingly spacious, it has been created with natural materials and wood finish accents. Living alongside the natural tones of the car is the wide variety of modern advancements. With a full width digital dashboard which is completely occupied by a whopping 12.3" LCD touchscreen. Added to these screens is a 8.8" TFT screen sitting behind the steering wheel to keep you across your journey's vital data.

Honda e

  • Compatible with My Honda+
  • Full width dual screen
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Single pedal control
  • Smart entry & start
  • Front heated seats
  • Charging port
  • Honda SENSING
  • LED Daytime running lights
  • Sky roof
  • Pop-out door handles
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Side Camera Mirror System
  • 16” alloy wheel
  • Power output: 136PS

Honda e Advance

In addition to Honda e highlights:

  • Centre Camera Mirror System
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Honda Parking Pilot
  • 230 V outlet
  • 16” or 17” alloy wheel
  • Power Output: 154PS
  • Around View Monitor
  • Premium Audio with 8 speakers
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Heated Front Windscreen

Honda e review

With concept car looks and cutting edge tech, the Honda e is an exciting EV.

What is the Honda e?

This is the highly anticipated Honda e, an all-electric city car that looks more like a concept than something you’d normally see on the roads.

When Honda revealed the Urban EV concept in 2017, it was met with great excitement thanks to its funky, retro-futuristic styling. It’s one of those cars you really want to love, because it looks so great inside and out and it’s genuinely interesting in an industry of rampant parts sharing.

Now it’s made production, and it looks just as good as the concept did, but you can actually buy it and drive it on the road.

Also boasting a truly unique interior, the Honda e could be one of the most desirable cars of the year – impressive for such a small car.

However, some of the numbers could make it a tough sell – with prices starting at £26k and a range of just 137 miles, similarly priced competitors appear to offer more bang for your buck – or charge for your change, perhaps.

What’s new?

The Honda e has been built from the ground up to be an electric vehicle, so shares nothing with other cars from the firm. It’s Honda’s first electric car, too, so it has developed a lot of this technology to feature on future EVs.

All of the important internals such as the motor and battery are new, as are all of the body panels. It also gets cameras in place of wing mirrors as standard.

What’s most exciting though is the interior, which is packed full of screens and features befitting a next-generation car. There’s the dashboard-wide screens, the all-new user interface, an artificial intelligence system, and an ambience that feels more like a Scandinavian’s lounge than a Japanese city car.

What’s under the bonnet?

There’s a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels, which makes 152bhp and 315Nm of torque. It’s powered by a 35.5kWh battery, which provides a range of 137 miles. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound like a lot, you’re right, with many rivals now pushing around 200 miles from a charge.

While performance is punchy and the motor is serenely, smooth when you need it to be, that range figure will be a sticking point for many. While Honda argues that most people just don’t drive enough to need more and will charge at home most nights anyway, there’s no hiding from the fact rivals offer considerably more.

For example, the slightly more expensive Peugeot e-208 isn’t quite as powerful, but promises up to 217 miles of range. For peace of mind, some will find that hard to ignore.

However, Honda is adamant it wants the e to be a city car and thinks that most drivers won’t require more miles from a small car. So if you have regular access to charging and a short commute, it should work for you.

What’s it like to drive?

As with most electric cars, the Honda e feels supremely responsive to inputs, scooting briskly off the line and darting between traffic with a nimble enthusiasm you just can’t find in a combustion-engined car.

Because it’s an electric car, the Honda e has that fun, punchy response to throttle inputs. Unlike petrol and diesel engines that need to be revved to get power, electric motors are always ready to go. This makes the e sprightly and easy to drive around town. Its performance can overwhelm the rear wheels, too, so if you stamp on the accelerator in the wet you’re often greeted by spinning tyres.

This is also helped by the fact it’s tiny, with large windows that make visibility excellent. Perhaps what’s most impressive is that it handles motorways very well, not being too badly affected by crosswinds and remaining quiet and comfortable even at higher speeds.

How does it look?

The Urban EV concept’s funky styling has been brought to production fantastically closely, with the same mix of retro-inspired looks with a hint of futuristic inspiration. It’s genuinely unique and manages to be a real head-turner out on the street as it stands out so much among more mundane traffic.

For some people, the fact it draws glances from passers-by could be a turn-off, but if you want a car that makes you smile every time you see it, there are few others that come close at the price point.

What’s it like inside?

If you thought the outside was unique, wait until you see the inside. The most prominent feature is the wrap-around screens that dominate the dashboard but impressively they don’t obstruct your view and are not distracting.There’s an 8.8-inch screen ahead of the driver, with two 12.3-inch touchscreens in the centre and ahead of the passenger.

The user interface is excellent, which is all the more impressive given Honda’s existing infotainment systems are generally poor. It’s quick to respond to inputs and is easily configurable, with plenty of useful functions and an excellent sat nav. It even has HDMI inputs, so you can watch high quality video through it.

There’s a screen ahead of the driver replacing the traditional instrument binnacle, and two more screens to the right that control and display the infotainment system settings. These are flanked by screens that display footage from the digital mirrors. The material qualities are largely brilliant too. The wood dashboard is a premium touch, and the steering wheel and few buttons present inside feel solidly put together, while the general ambience is that of a high-end Ikea lounge – called kümfikär, perhaps?

Another win for the Honda is cabin space. Its Peugeot rival, for example, feels cramped inside, but the Honda e is light and airy, even for taller drivers – though you’ll be constantly knocking the heated seats on with your knee.

What’s the spec like?

The base model starts at £26,160, while the Advance model starts at £28,660, both after the government’s plug-in car grant is taken into account.

All models get wood trim, multiple screens and wing mirror cameras as standard. For the base model, you get 16-inch alloy wheels and heated front seats to name a few highlights, while it’s also a little less powerful. Then there’s the Advance, which gets upgrades including a central camera mirror, automatic parking, heated steering wheel and premium audio system as well as a more potent power output. An important note, though, is that there are optional 17-inch alloys on Advance models, which drop the range from 136 miles to 127.

Verdict

There’s no denying the Honda e is a brilliant car, with unique looks, a lovely interior and fantastic driving experience. The only question that remains is whether you can live with the relatively low range, but if you rarely take long journeys and have access to home or work charging, the Honda e is well worth a look. Buying one could therefore be something of a leap of faith, but those that take it – and fit the use case – will not be disappointed.

You can get in contact with one of our Honda dealerships by calling either:Honda Bolton or Honda Stockport

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