New on the market – Honda e


By Guillaume Séguin – October 23rd, 2020

The Honda e finally landed on our shores in a version that is really close to the original prototype, and that’s really refreshing to see !

Honda e Advance in Crystal Blue Metallic

Like Mazda with the Mx-30 or the Mini Electric, Honda decided to put a small-ish battery pack (35.5kWh) and to keep the pricing contained to keep it affordable for the commuter that doesn’t need the 52kWh of a Renault Zoé battery. WLTP range is just 222km. The pack allows 7.4kW AC single-phase charging and 50kW DC charging. Its rear wheel drive configuration allows a tight turning circle. And combined with the swift acceleration (0-100 in 9seconds, and even 8.3 seconds for the Advance model), the one-pedal driving capability will make it one of the favorites urban EVs, along with the BMW i3 and the Mini Hatch.

No frunk but a very accessible CCS connector

Consequently the package is quite attractive with a very comprehensive equipment level for the asking price. The Honda e is very compact (3.89m long), unfortunately a small boot (and no frunk), and limited space in the back. But everything inside of this car is made so you feel good, it is a premium product with quality materials, attention to detail and loaded with technology (multiple screens, door cameras replacing the door mirros, etc.)

The drivers enjoys a large digital screen…
… and there are 2 more on its left!
Below the small boot is a handy space to store the charging cable.

The base version called simply “e” has the 136hp motor, and a decent kit with as standard alloys, climate control, connected navigation, front are rear parking sensors, reverse camera, adaptive cruise control or Smart entry & Start . The Advance version adds for an extra €3,000 a more powerful 154hp motor, the multi-view camera, the cool 230v 1500w outlet, a premium sound system, the camera mirror, parking pilot, plus other features.

No factory option for either of these versions, but the choice of 4 distinctive colors : pearl white, blue, yellow or grey !

Prices:
Honda e – €29,995
Honda e Advance – €32,995

Prices exclude delivery charges, include VAT, VRT, VRT rebate and SEAI grant.

Photo credit: Simon Acton

The Honda e design has been inspired by the iconic Civic mk1