27 January 2020
Review

The 2020 Honda e is Honda's first full battery electric vehicle. It's compact on the outside - smaller than a Honda Jazz - and pretty compact on the inside, too. But it is quite funky in there, with two 12in digital displays as well as a full digital instrument pack and, as standard, rear view cameras instead of conventional door mirrors.

With a 35.5kWh battery within its short wheelbase, it's relatively light for a BEV. A little over 1500kg is heavy for a car of supermini size, but it's light for a BEV. The downside is that, unlike cars like a Volkswagen ID 3 or a Nissan Leaf, the Honda e has a relatively small battery and therefore a limited range.

It should drive well, though. The motor is at the back which allows a tight turning circle and a steering system with no torque steer, while there is four-wheel independent suspension thanks to MacPherson struts all around, which promise a lively driving experience.

Join Autocar's editor-at-large Matt Prior for our Honda e first drive review.

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27 January 2020

Shots of the car crossing the same bridge in one country followed by shots of the car navigating the cobble streets of another? Good review, rubbish car, take a bus.

28 January 2020

Halo car, meaning to sell the entire Honda range. It displays Honda to be in the game, that is important for overall impression. And not the least, it gives Honda experience at making an electric car. We can be positive there shall be a next electric car, one probably intended to sell in larger numbers. Would make sense to - get more use out of that new small car platform. Hence I'd not be surprised if the next Honda electric also shall be a small car, but one intended to be more practical - think in terms of Jazz replacement. But one that is a full electric model, and likely improved range to boot, at similar prices.

jer

28 January 2020

Matt is being generous. If it looked like the concept without the silly wheel proptitons it might be a success but it looks like a toy car so they will sell a few in cities. Shame another Honda miss they get so much right and just can't see the wrong. I suppose the Honda UK boss has nothing to do with the car other than distribute sell and service.

3 February 2020

Much cheaper than a Model 3 and much more desirable.

MrJ

4 February 2020

The appeal of a toothpaste tube.

Pathetic range means it can only be a second car, unless you rent for longer journeys.

He's right about connectivity - just plug in your phone for maps and that's about all you need.

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