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Honda E: In-Depth, Electric Car Road Review | Carfection 4K

The New Honda E looks amazing but how is it to drive? Henry Catchpole takes the new Honda E for drive to give it a proper road test.

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In some ways the Honda e is not a very convincing EV. And yet curiously the Honda e could also be just the car to convince a lot of people that they need to buy their first EV. It’s one of those cars where the design is so appealing, nay even loveable, that people just feel they need it in their life. It’s akin to the way that the new Mini was so desirable when it first hit the roads twenty years ago. I’m sure a lot of people who didn’t particularly want a supermini nonetheless bought one, because of a contrasting roof and big central speedometer.
The Honda e tugs at the heart strings pretty much from the first moment it opens its eyes (or, if you don’t want to anthropomorphise it, the headlights turn on). It just has one of those faces. I think cute is probably the word.
And if the exterior doesn’t get you then the interior very well might, because there is nothing else quite like it on the market. Unashamedly ‘70s-inspired but with a swathe of very 2020 screens running across the top of the dash, it is a wild mash-up that somehow manages to successfully span half a century. Honda says that it wanted to create a lounge-like atmosphere and as potentially trite as that sounds, I think it has succeeded. Certainly if you plug a Super Nintendo into the HDMI port and use the screens to play Mario Kart while you’re waiting to for the e to charge then you feel very at home.
And talking of charging, this is where the Honda e is less convincing. You see, the WLTP range is just 136miles, or 127miles if you spec the Advanced pack that comes with larger 17inch wheels (as well as a 113kW motor as opposed to the standard car’s 100kW motor), so you’re potentially going to have to plug in rather a lot. Honda is pitching the car very much as an urban vehicle and I agree that this is still where EVs make the most sense. However, the fact that you‘d be struggling to make a reasonable length return journey, say to Heathrow airport from Southhampton, Bedford, Brighton or Cambridge (or from New York to Trenton and back or San Francisco to Santa Cruz and back), without having to stop to top-up the battery does seem to be somewhat limiting. Yes, a charge to 80 percent only takes 31min if you can find a 50kW rapid charger, but still….
It’s a particular shame given that the Honda e feels like it would be a great car to do a long journey in. As well as being intriguingly designed, the interior has plenty of space for a small car, thanks to a wheelbase that’s as long as that of a Jazz, despite the car being some 135mm shorter overall. It is also very refined and quiet inside and the MacPherson struts all round do an excellent job of keeping the ride relatively smooth.
Of course these attributes can be appreciated on a city commute just as much as on the motorway and one other thing that really lends itself specifically to the cut and thrust of urban driving is the turning circle. Thanks to the Honda e being rear-wheel drive, the front wheels have the freedom to turn up to 50 degrees, giving a turning circle of 9.2m (30ft) or just 1.5m (5ft) more than a London
Black cab. Dimes and sixpences spring to mind.

If you stick to the standard, lower-powered version of the Honda e then you’ll still be handing over £26,660 for the privilege. Upgrade to the Advanced model and that price rises to £29,160, which means this is a car that people will be purchasing as much with their hearts as their heads. And that’s fine. In fact I think the EV movement needs unique and desirable cars like the Honda e (the Peugeot e-Legend concept would be another example, if it ever made it to production) just as much as it needs better battery density. Here is a car that potentially will attract a whole new audience in a way that something like an electric Peugeot 208 or Fiat 500 (ie a more expensive electric version of an internal combustion engined car) might not.



  • ApplePieClub
    August 31, 2020

    Wow, what a time to be alive! We've put batteries in cars and made them driveable. We're on the brink of an entirely new generation of motor vehicles. We're lucky enough to be a part of this dynamic shift. I love how this car takes styling cues from the original civic.

  • Andrew Watson
    September 2, 2020

    1000th comment

  • عمر أحمد
    September 2, 2020

    Everything about this car is wonderful.

  • Stephen Kayll
    September 4, 2020

    In my honest opinion, Honda nailed it the body design, retro looks but bang up to date.

  • Stephen Kayll
    September 4, 2020

    Just heard your comment on Sony Triniton TV's They where the best worldwide, I had so many of them with the vertical screens and curved plan form. Every professional TV company had them as their monitors. Which for me says a lot.

  • Bujumi Nodstrom
    September 4, 2020

    i hate this man more than any other man in the world

  • Adam Smith
    September 4, 2020

    We can't have this in the US it's illegal because it doesn't have side mirrors

  • Philip Lerche
    September 5, 2020

    So sweet ☺️

  • Frank Yu
    September 7, 2020


  • ShartingFish
    September 11, 2020

    We'll never get these in the USA but i love this thing..

  • Barry Atkinson
    September 11, 2020

    In the UK, unless you live in central London, it makes no financial sense whatsoever to run an EV. They are just another vanity vehicle to show how much money you have to waste

  • Juju Bean
    September 12, 2020

    6:42 Initially thought that was a vibrator and I became immediately disoriented.

    I know I'm not the only one.

  • A S
    September 14, 2020

    Not my type of car but it looks quite cool tbf.

  • Adam Gallant
    September 15, 2020

    Why does anyone thumbs-down a video like this?

  • Rich Burglar
    September 19, 2020


  • The Fizzlee NL
    September 20, 2020

    Can't wait for someone to K swap this car

  • GiozRockin
    September 21, 2020

    i was exicted but then i saw its not coming to the US sad face

  • Alex Ptc
    September 21, 2020

    more battery life is done by not having mirrors that eats up the battery

  • Andrew Beech
    September 27, 2020

    How tall is the presenter ?? I`m 6"6" … would like to know..

  • Dept246
    September 28, 2020

    Brilliant electric car. ABT Anything But Tesla for me.

  • Huncho Rolls
    September 28, 2020

    Or just buy the GTR you just passed on the corner

  • Flaming Hedgehog
    September 29, 2020

    Here in Au all the Big Oils are building many big new petrol stations, and more in the middle of nowhere. None of which have rapid chargers. I can't help but wonder why when the gas pump is apparently going the way of the dinosaur. Makes me think that everyone driving an electric car is still a very long way off… 🤔

  • fredric Jacobsen.
    October 7, 2020

    Va omm dere blir første firmaet som lader på vulkansk elektrisitet va skjer da vulkan strømm biler?

  • Jeff Loh
    October 8, 2020

    The side mirror design is the breakthrough design i like

  • Jaden lee
    October 9, 2020


  • zorpio
    October 10, 2020

    I will buy one if they make a type R version with electric Vtec

  • MrBazsi888
    October 11, 2020

    There are 3 problems with Honda E, despite the japanese craftsmannship:

    a. short nose: collision issues in an accident

    b. ultra small trunk: not really suited for a shopping city car

    c. a perfectly executed Mazda MX30, with perfect layout / size for the same price

  • Marko
    October 12, 2020

    Please bring it to America!

  • Ben
    October 12, 2020

    This car is sweet!
    But it kinda looks like a 79 Volkswagen Rabbit.

  • jose rodriguez
    October 12, 2020

    I can’t this car just come to the US

  • Knight Ops
    October 17, 2020

    Man i love the styling but i wish they put a Inline 3 or 4 in it with decent suspension and a manual that would be fun

  • mike robinson
    October 21, 2020


  • timun air
    October 23, 2020

    side mirror inside

  • Pandaplutten
    October 24, 2020

    Simplicity always prevails eventually. Give me a plus/long-range model and I'm buying one! As of now, it's a great city car.

  • ltlwatcher
    October 26, 2020

    Cut to the chase please

  • Gregory Schwarz
    November 2, 2020

    I’m so annoyed this isn’t coming to the states.

  • Ricardo Ellison
    November 3, 2020

    At 4:04 …no god damn wonder you guys crash cars all the time…What is with you driving that fast around a blind turn like that?

  • TheJPWest
    November 9, 2020

    A Brit without a shirt.
    Seems about right.

  • luedriver
    November 19, 2020

    there should be versions without rear seats as I don't think they are for adults over 150cm tall

  • davidhunternyc
    November 20, 2020

    Swap out the dismal battery pack for a Tesla battery pack and the Honda E will be a hit.

  • Erik Thompson
    November 22, 2020

    Looks like a perfect vehicle for driving around old European streets or in a countryside, in US cities we would like these also I'd imagine.

  • Erik Thompson
    November 22, 2020

    Very adorable car

  • Jayboogie007
    November 24, 2020

    Henry: “That’s a step too far”
    Me: 😳😳😍😍😍🤤🤤🤤🤤

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