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.
Officially, just 131 miles between charges, and we’d expect that number to be closer to 100 miles in the real world. That’s quite disappointing when you consider that even the Mini Electric – a car we’ve often criticised for having a short range – will go further on a full charge. Read more here
With 152bhp, it will officially sprint from 0-62mph in 8.3sec, which is about the same as the Peugeot e-208 and one second slower than Mini Electric. Never fear though, it still goes well from a standstill and you’ll never be left wanting for more acceleration. Read more here
We don’t have data for the model specifically, but Honda has always done well when it comes to reliability. In fact, in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, it came 12th out of 32 manufacturers. Read more here
No, it comes exclusively with rear-wheel drive. If you want a four-wheel-drive electric car, you’ll have to look at bigger and more expensive models including the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Read more here
Price is arguably the Honda e’s Achilles' heel, and looks rather expensive compared with the closest rivals. Indeed, to match its price, you’ll have to look at larger models, including the sportier Cupra Born and the accomplished Kia Niro EV. Read more here
|RRP price range||£37,395 - £38,120|
|Number of trims (see all)||2|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||electric|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£75 / £76|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£149 / £152|