Honda e Review Rundown
Honda Motor | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 20 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The Honda e is an electric car designed for urban environments. The company's first battery-electric vehicle, the Honda e packs the latest technology in a compact, modern body with signature front and rear LED lights as well as glass charging port cover.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Honda E starts just over £26,000 for a basic version (after the £3000 government grant) and runs close to £30,000 once you've bought the plusher, faster Advance version and added obvious options. Its modern, simple reprise of the styling of the 1972 Civic – itself a new kind of Honda back in the day – makes it uniquely appealing among current small cars.
The Honda E has a range of 125 miles in the warmest months of the year. But its efficiency and range are affected much more by cold weather than internal combustion engine cars are. The range of the Vauxhall Corsa-e dropping from 200 miles in summer to around 100 miles in winter is one thing. But when another EV can barely top that figure at the best of times, the question of whether the car is right for you becomes more acute.
Honda E is a car you desire when looking at it, when sitting in it and when driving it. It comes with three or four killer features that make it excel as the most modern of city cars. Infotainment works brilliantly and feels truly special. A genuinely fun car to drive. Mileage: 3444
The Honda E city car is Honda's first all-electric passenger car. Unlike most rivals, the car's electric motor sits at the rear and drives the rear wheels, while the power electronics and on-board charger are packaged at the front. A rear-engined mechanical layout can be particularly space efficient, making for more interior room than you would expect in a car that's less than 3.9 metres long. The car's range-topping 152bhp Advance-spec test car came in a bit lighter than the manufacturer claim.
At 1,520kg, the Honda is also heavier than the 1,365kg MINI. Honda hits back at its British rival with 100kW rapid charging, while the MINI makes do with 50kW DC charging. Honda easily had the edge over MINI in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, taking seventh spot compared with 26th position for its rival.
There's little to fault so far here. The Honda's range of around 100 miles and a reliance on public charging are working well enough, but longer trips and colder weather are coming, so things could change. The version we have on our fleet is a top-spec Honda e Advance. Inclusive of the Government's £3,000 grant for zero-emission plug-in cars, the Honda e will set you back £29,660.
The Honda e is priced from £26,660 and is aimed squarely at taking sales from the MINI Electric, the PSA Group's Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. Power for the Honda e comes from a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, with a rear-mounted electric motor that drives the rear wheels. There are just two equipment levels - Honda e and Honda e Advance, with the entry trim matched to the lower powered car. Honda claims the maximum range for the e is 137 miles, although if you opt for the Advance trim with optional 17-inch wheels, the range falls to 131 miles.
Honda's Urban EV Concept wowed crowds when it was revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In production form the Honda e has lost a few smart styling cues, but it's still a great-looking little EV. The cabin is dominated by an infotainment screen that spans the full width of the dash. The screens are bright and the sharpest we've seen in a Honda. Top-spec Advance models feature climate and adaptive cruise control.
The Honda e is a cracking little electric car that's capable of big motorway miles. A lack of home charging hasn't spoilt our time with our new Honda e. During the warmer months, getting 120 miles on a full charge was little effort, but once the temperature drops to single figures, the range falls to around 80 miles.
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Honda e has gone windmilling into Dixons on Black Friday and come back with the whole shop. There's a screen for everything in there, and while it's a bit 90s in overall design, you can't accuse it of being boring. The standard car with 136hp and a quicker Advance model with 154. Both have the same motor and 35kWh battery and a modest range of 136 miles.
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