Honda has a long history of offering clever and efficient hybrid models, but until 2020 the firm has never created and sold an EV in the UK.
But with the Honda e, it was most certainly worth the wait, with this funky and fun EV being a breath of fresh air in the electric car segment while showing flair and character not seen in Honda models in recent years.
So what else do you need to know about the Honda e? Here’s our buyer’s guide to this EV…
What powertrains are available?
All Honda e models come with a 35.5kWh battery pack, which allows for a range of between 131 and 137 miles, depending on trim, though a 50kW fast charge can take place in just 31 minutes.
As for the powertrain itself, the Honda e uses an electric motor producing 134bhp in standard form, or 152bhp in the ‘Advance’ model. The sprint to 60mph takes 8.1 seconds with the quicker model – or 0.7 seconds slower with the standard version –and both are capable of hitting 90mph maxed out.
What trim levels are offered?
Just two grades are available on the Honda e, though both come impressively well-equipped. Kit highlights and pricing are as follows.
Honda e – from £27,160
Technology is this Honda’s speciality, with all versions featuring a clever camera mirror system that replaces door mirrors, along with a large 12.3-inch media system and digital dials. You also get heated front seats, keyless start and entry, climate control, a reversing camera and automatic LED headlights. Standard safety kit is also plentiful, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
Advance – from £29,660
Upgrading to the Advance gives you a more powerful powertrain, the option of 17-inch alloy wheels, self-parking functionality and a heated windscreen. Elsewhere it comes with a premium sound system, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
What about personalisation?
The Honda e is already a funky enough car to get all the attention on the road, but you can add even more flair via the options list.
Bright colours such as Charge Yellow and Crystal Blue are available, while an Urban Pack can add more crossover-like styling to this Honda. Sticker sets, front splitter and revised alloy wheels are also available. On the cabin you can benefit from illuminated door sills and various leather colour options.Enquire on a new Honda e