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Honda e Hatchback (2019)

MSRP 26600 GBPNeoscore 39%NEX score 67%

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Product Overview

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.
Clean lines and flush features optimize the Honda e's aerodynamics. A highlight is the Side Camera Mirror System (SCMS) that replaces conventional mirrors with compact cameras that contributes to improved aerodynamics and packaging.
Inside, the Honda e chooses materials that produce a lounge-like feel. The rear-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration and the compactness of the DC motor affords the Honda e a longer wheelbase than its exterior dimensions would suggest. Cabin comfort and space benefit as a result.
Thanks to its compact dimensions coupled with a powerful, compact electric motor, the Honda e enjoys a 50:50 weight distribution and a tiny 4.3m turning radius, making it ideal for the urban environments.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 39% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Small turning circle
  • Great styling
Cons
  • Poor performance
  • No powerful engine options
  • Barely acceptable electric range
  • Basic suspension setup
  • EV nonsense

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good range
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Decent interior quality
  • Fantastic range
Cons
  • Lack of practicality
  • Not as practical as rivals
  • Not as fun as the MINI
  • Not particularly sporty
  • Small boot
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Specifications

Variants:
e
e Advance

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
171 L / 6.0 cu-ft ~ 861 L / 30.4 cu-ft
Passengers
4
ePayload
342 kg / 754 lbs
e AdvancePayload
327 kg / 721 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Gen-2 Electric servo: vented 280 mm
Brakes | Rear
solid 280 mm
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
MacPherson
Tire Size
185/60R16 (front) / 205/55R16 (rear) or 205/45ZR17 (front) / 225/45ZR17 (rear)
eTire Size
Front wheel tires: 185/60 R16 Rear wheel tires: 205/55 R16
e AdvanceTire Size
Front wheel tires: 185/60 R16, 205/45 R17 Rear wheel tires: 205/55 R16, 225/45 R17
Turning Circle
9.2 m / 30.2 ft

Construction

Battery | Capacity
35.5 kWh
eBattery | Capacity
35.5 kWh (gross) | 28.5 kWh (net)
e AdvanceBattery | Capacity
35.5 kWh (gross)
Battery | Type
Lithium-ion
Battery | Voltage
355.2 V
Body Style
5-door battery-electric Hatchback
Motor
DC motor

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
145 mm / 5.7 in
Size | Height
1512 mm / 59.5 in
Size | Length
3894 mm / 153.3 in
Size | Width
1752 mm / 69.0 in
Track Width | Front
1520 mm
eTrack Width | Front
1523.0 mm / 60.0 in
e AdvanceTrack Width | Front
1513.0 mm / 59.6 in
Track Width | Rear
1516 mm
eTrack Width | Rear
1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
e AdvanceTrack Width | Rear
1506.0 mm / 59.3 in
Weight
1514-1542 kg
eWeight
1513.0 kg / 3335.6 lbs
e AdvanceWeight
1526.0 kg / 3364.3 lbs
eWheel Size
Front wheel rims: 16 Rear wheel rims: 16
e AdvanceWheel Size
Front wheel rims: 16, 17 Rear wheel rims: 16, 17 in
Wheelbase
2538 mm / 99.9 in

Performance

eAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
9.0 sec
e AdvanceAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
8.3 sec
eAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
8.6 sec
e AdvanceAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
7.9 sec
Charging Time
4.1 h (7.4 kW Public AC Type 2) / 18.8 h (2.3 kW Home AC Type 2) | Rapid DC, to 80%: 30 min (100 kW CCS2) / 31 min (50 kW CCS2)
eElectric Range
222.0 km / 137.9 mi
e AdvanceElectric Range
210.0 km / 130.5 mi
Power Supply
6.6 kW AC onboard charger
Top Speed
145.0 km/h / 90.1 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Rear-engine (transverse), Rear-wheel drive
eEngine | Power
136 hp / 101.4 kW
e AdvanceEngine | Power
154 hp / 114.8 kW
eEngine | Torque
315 Nm
e AdvanceEngine | Torque
315 Nm
Transmission | Gears
1-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

Availability
2019
Debut
2019 International Motor Show Germany

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The Honda E combines the best of small cars and electric cars to make a really enjoyable driving experience. The 2530mm wheelbase is one of the longest going for a car of this length. The E is pretty decent on open roads, too. Its long wheelbase, low centre of gravity and lack of overhangs mean it resists pitching far better than most cars of this size.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good electric powertrain
  • Decent standard equipment
Cons
  • Not particularly sporty

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
It’s the first electric Honda sold in Europe and is built on a bespoke architecture. There are just two versions offered: a standard, more efficiency-focused model with 134bhp (badged simply the E) and this more powerful, 152bhp Advance version. Both models are rear-wheel drive and use the same 35.5kWh battery, with the regular version having an official range of 136 miles. In our road test, the real-world range came in at around 110 miles.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading range
  • Decent interior quality
Cons
  • Expensive for what it is
  • Lack of practicality

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Honda e is the cheaper machine, yet it's better equipped, more efficient, has more tech and offers slightly more range than the MINI. With four doors (albeit a tiny boot) it's just that little bit more practical, and we love the Honda's design approach. The MINI is great fun to drive, with electric performance suiting its character. But it's not quite as comfortable and doesn't offer as much kit as the Honda.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fun-to-drive feel
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Limited range
  • Not as fun as the MINI

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic electric range
  • Decent infotainment
Cons
  • No option to charge at home

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Honda e is only a four-seater, but it has enough space for most every day trips and the interior is nicely executed. The operation of the infotainment system is mostly slick - the screens are bright and the sharpest we've seen in a Honda. Honda claims the small EV will travel up to 137 miles on a full charge, but in real-world driving this will potentially be difficult to achieve, and you could be looking more towards the 100-mile mark. It's kind of a split decision - if you have access to a 7kW home charger, have a small family or a second car and only have short urban commutes then the Honda e's charm and practical city-car credentials will be hard to beat.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Not as practical as rivals
  • Limited range

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Top-spec Advance models feature climate and adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, parking sensors with auto-park tech, a heated steering wheel and seats. The 35.5kWh battery supplies a 152bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels, but with 315Nm of torque, this gives the car its character. Honda claims 0-62mph takes 8.3 seconds, but as with any EV, it's the performance from 0-30mph that makes more of an impact.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Short boot
  • Noisy at higher speeds

autoexpress[7]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
A lack of home charging hasn't spoilt our time with our new Honda e. As standard this Advance model comes with a 35.5kWh battery that feeds a more powerful 152bhp rear- mounted electric motor for a claimed range of 137 miles. Inside there's the full-width infotainment set-up with digital wing mirrors and rear-view mirror, heated seats and steering wheel.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No home charging

carmagazine[8]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Honda E punches harder than a Renault Zoe from standstill, with the torque curve quickly falling off after 50mph in traditional electric car form. Honda has added a Sport mode, which remaps the motor to provide max torque a little earlier. It delivers a good punch of acceleration as a result, but you don’t really need it in a little city car.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic electric range
  • Sleek design
  • Good range
Cons
  • No head tilt
  • No rear-view mirror

carwow[9]

Sentiment Score 54%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good looks
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Small boot
  • Small boot

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Honda E Advance 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/honda/e/first-drives/honda-e-advance-2020-uk-review. 2020-07-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Honda E 2021 long-term review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/honda/e/long-term-reviews/honda-e-2021-long-term-review. 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
3. ^ Honda e vs MINI Electric. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-group-tests/353152/honda-e-vs-mini-electric. 2020-09-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Honda e: long-term test review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/electric-cars/353911/honda-e-long-term-test-review. 2020-12-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Honda e review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/honda/e. 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ New Honda e 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/honda/e/108905/new-honda-e-2020-review. 2020-07-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Honda e: long-term test review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/honda/e/353911/honda-e-long-term-test-review. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
8. ^ Honda E review: flawed but charming. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/honda/e-electric-ev/. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
9. ^ Honda e Review. [carwow]. https://www.carwow.co.uk/honda/e. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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