With a WLTP-certified range of just 125 miles and a post-OLEV grant price of £29,160, the E Advance looks like a pricey car however you define it.

Against the latest range-topping Renault Zoe (239 miles, £30,995) and Peugeot e-208 GT (211 miles, £30,275), it lacks both range and some practicality. Even the flagship Mini Electric (140-141 miles, £30,900) – a car that raised similar range and price-related concerns to the E – marginally outperforms it on paper. When you factor in an average test economy figure of 3.1mpkWh, the Honda’s real-world range looks closer to 110 miles, although versions on smaller wheels and less sporting tyres ought to add about 10% to this.

The E shows just how effective good design can be. I can see why someone might be prepared to overlook its shortcomings on range and price purely because they like its appearance.

You’ll have to be committed to the idea of using the E as a short-range commuter – just as Honda intends – to seriously consider it, then. Those who do take the plunge will find a car that’s generously equipped, stylish, comfortable, dynamically interesting and well built, which allows it to claw back half a star or so in this section.

But even for those city-hopping few, you’d imagine there will be times when the car’s limited battery range will become a frustration.

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