Honda e Review

Price: £27,660 - £30,160

The Honda e is Cute, tech-packed and perfect for city driving, but it’s pricey, has a limited range and is a bit small for a family.

Watch Ginny and Tom's review here or Nicki's in-depth single review here.

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  • Battery size: 35.5kWh
  • Electric cost/month: £39
  • Battery warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 0g/km
  • Range: 125-137 miles (WLTP)

Ginny Says

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7/10

“How can you resist the Honda e? Honda’s first all-electric car is very cute and looks like it should be star in the next Disney movie. Small EVs with a modest range make a lot of sense as a second car. But it does cost more than the Mini Electric, which is a better all-rounder.”

Tom Says

8/10

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“Honda has put together a smart package, it looks retro, is packed with tech and I think it’ll go on to become an iconic car. Of course, you pay for that package and it’s price may prove a stumbling block, but think of this as the latest must-have fashion accessory.”

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Honda e interior front screens

Although it is built to be a town car, the Honda e does a good job of being fun-to-drive and refined on the open road too.

  • 0-60mph:8.3 - 9.0 seconds
  • Top speed:90mph

Performance

The basic Honda e has a perfectly reasonable 134 bhp, which is about the same as a conventional 1.4-litre petrol car. But the one you’ll really want is the 151 bhp Honda e Advance. This cuts acceleration from 0-62 mph from 9.0 seconds to 8.3 seconds and makes it feel really quite quick, especially at lower speeds. 

At around 1.5 tonnes, the Honda e is no lightweight, but it’s lighter than most electric cars thanks to that smaller battery. As its electric motor delivers lots of torque, or pulling power, this means it responds keenly to the accelerator, even at higher speeds. There’s enough in reserve to make it a surprisingly capable motorway performer. 

If you want an even sharper response, there is a Sport mode. There are also seven levels of battery regeneration to alter (via steering wheel paddles) how strongly it slows down when you lift the accelerator. In maximum regen, it almost becomes a one-pedal car like a fairground dodgem – you only really need to press the brake pedal in emergencies. 

Drive

Although it’s a little city hatchback, the Honda e has the setup of a sportscar: it drives the rear wheels and, because the batteries are located beneath the floor, has a low centre of gravity. It’s actually great fun to drive as a result with good response and feel from the steering. It grips well too, and you can use the power when coming out of damp-surfaced corners without fear of the front wheels scrabbling for grip.

In town, the ride is a bit on the firm side, but it doesn’t become unpleasantly crashy. Honda has fitted sophisticated suspension to the e, so it is more comfortable and assured than most small cars on faster roads. That low centre of gravity makes it feel planted and stable at all speeds. 

The party trick is its amazing turning circle of just 8.6 metres (between kerbs) – barely any bigger than the car itself. It rivals London black cabs for its U-turn ability, and guarantees you will become the champion of the car park. 

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