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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The Honda e looks like an expensive car when compared to other electrics with similar or even bigger-sized batteries. You’re paying for the quality and technology rather than the range.

  • Price:£27,660 - £30,160 (after grant)
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging) :£5.82
  • Company car tax:1% BIK (2020-21)
  • Insurance group:TBA
  • Warranty Car: 3 years, 90,000 miles
  • Warranty Battery:8 years 100,000 miles
  • Warranty EV powertrain:5 years, 90,000 miles

Pricing

If you are looking for a cheap way into electric motoring, then move along, there’s nothing for you to see in a Honda showroom. The Honda e’s list price of £27,160 and upwards after the grant has been deducted is a chunk more than city cars like the VW e-UP and the bargain-priced MG ZS EV. It’s a couple of grand more than the Honda’s biggest rival, the MINI Electric too. 

It looks a bit cheaper than bigger EVs like the Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul EV, but bear in mind that they have substantially bigger batteries – and that is the part which costs the cash on an electric car. Reckon on a monthly payment of around £300 to get a Honda e on a lease or PCP finance scheme.

While it doesn’t look great value on paper, the Honda e is obviously a quality car which is packed with interesting technology. That might be worth paying extra for if overall range and interior space aren’t crucial to you.

Running costs

Compared to a petrol or diesel small car, the costs associated with running a Honda e will be tiny. It will cost less than a fiver to ‘fill it up’ from a home charger, and in theory it should take you at least 120 miles. The same cash would get you around 40 miles at best in a conventional car. Servicing should be cheaper too, and the e is exempt from congestion and emission zone charges.

The real saving will be from Benefit In Kind (BIK) taxation though. For the 2021-22 tax year the Honda (and all other electric cars) are rated at 1%, meaning there are possibly thousands of pounds to be saved in company car taxes. It also means you may be able to lease the Honda through a salary sacrifice scheme, reducing the monthly payments by the amount you are taxed on your income. If you’re a higher rate tax payer, that could make the cost less than a petrol car.

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