What Car? says...
It's rare that a tiny five-door hatchback generates massive excitement, but when pictures of the Honda e were first released, there was a fevered clamour for more details.
Its cutesy retro styling turned heads and dropped jaws at motor shows, with onlookers admiring its curvy shape, circular headlight design and gloss-black exterior cladding. In fact, there was a general impression that Honda had taken design inspiration from a much-missed bygone era.