Honda e electric car prices, specs and performance

More than just a pretty face? Keep reading for a full breakdown of the hotly anticipated Honda e electric car

James Wilson
Dec 17, 2019

Order books for the cute, but seriously inventive Honda e are officially open. It's a small hatchback leading the charge towards mainstream electric motoring, but whether it proves as popular on the forecourts as it has during the build up to its launch remains to be seen.

Prices start from £26,160 (after the UK Government's plug-in car grant electric car discount) with deliveries expected to start in summer 2020 - this is certainly not cheap for a car this size so, although it offers a doorway to the next generation, we imagine initial take up might be stunted by much cheaper alternatives. Honda has claimed the e has a maximum range of up to 136 miles.

The e or e Advance (the more upmarket version) is Honda’s answer to electrification for the masses - though if you're on a budget, you'll want to consider a used Renault Zoe or second-hand Nissan Leaf. While the Honda e's range isn’t enough to get you from Leeds to London in one go, it is enough for many people’s daily driving needs.

Quick facts

  • Priced at £26,160 or £28,680
  • Claimed 136-mile range
  • Available in two trim levels
  • Fast charging from 0-80% in 30 minutes
  • Includes voice-activated 'personal assistant'
  • First deliveries expected summer 2020

There are other electric cars which offer similar packages. Take the Mini Electric (also due to arrive in 2020) that is squarely aimed the same upmarket urban drivers as the Honda e. Other rivals which either offer slightly less or slightly more than the Honda e, such as the Volkswagen e-Up or e-Golf, the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf - all of which have been around for several years, meaning prices start at less than £8,000.

The public clearly likes the idea of the e though, with Honda claiming that around 36,000 people have already officially expressed interest in buying one. Below you will find all the latest information on prices, performance and the technology getting so many people talking about the Honda e.

Honda e models and trims

Honda has decided to stay away from elaborate trim variants for the e. There is simply the standard e and the e Advance – the latter coming with improved specification and performance.

Exact specs of each trim are yet to be revealed, but we do know that Advance models will feature high-tech side and centre mirror camera systems (these replace wing and rear-view mirrors with cameras and screens), parking assistance and an uprated sound system.

As for what else comes as standard, buyers can expect the same equipment as found on many upmarket superminis and city cars. This includes the likes of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, air-conditioning, sat-nav and keyless start.

Honda e prices and delivery dates

The Honda e range kicks off at £26,160 for the standard model and rises to £28,680 for the Advance model – it is worth noting both of these prices have already had the £3,500 UK Government plug-in car grant applied.

As for delivery dates, Advance models are available to order now, with the first UK customers expected to get their cars by summer 2020. Order books for the entry-level model aren’t due to open until 2020, with deliveries expected to follow later in the year.

Customers of small electric cars are going to have options flying at them from all directions next year though, with the Seat Mii Electric and Uniti One also making their debuts, so the Honda e is entering a fiercely competitive market.

Honda e electric range and charge time

Fully charged, it's claimed that Honda e models will be able to cover up to 136 miles, although this is based upon Honda’s internal data rather than official independent test results (these will follow later), so a pinch of reservation on this is required.

There is only one battery pack on offer – a 35.5kWh unit which is located underneath the vehicle’s floor. Honda claims the battery can be charged from zero to 80% in around 30 minutes using a fast charger. Fast chargers commonly have a power output of at least 7kW. Further charge times/speeds are yet to be confirmed. Read more about electric car chargers here.

Honda e rivals and alternatives

As mentioned above, the Honda e is not without rivals. The Mini Electric hatchback, which is due to start arriving in the UK from March 2020, is looking set to offer around 120 miles of range and cost around £25,000 – very similar to the Honda e.

At the same time, models such as the 2020 Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208 offer similar packages in terms of dimensions but come with more than 200 miles of range. Renault even offers buyers the choice of battery leasing, making initial purchase prices lower and removing the threat of an expensive bill if things go wrong.

Whether the Honda e is better for you than its rivals will largely come down to how much daily range you need and which one you prefer to look at.

Honda e economy and performance

The entry-level e comes with a 134hp (100kW) electric motor while e Advance models boast 152hp (113kW). Both models produce the same 315Nm of torque - that's low engine-speed muscle - and power their rear wheels, like traditional BMWs. This means good grip from the tyres when accelerating, though the car is likely to prove more tricky to drive in snowy conditions. Honda is yet to confirm exact numbers, but claims the e should come with a 0-62mph time of around eight seconds - that's fast for such a small car.

Performance and handling should be helped by an even spread of weight across the car, 50% over the front wheels and 50% over the rear ones – which normally results in a better driving experience than a car with an uneven distribution of weight. On a more sensible note, electric car economy is expected to be 180 Wh/km or 200 Wh/km depending on spec.

Honda e interior

Inside the Honda e is a fusion of modern and retro. A selection of screens dominates the cabin, but the use of wood and other natural-looking materials gives a whiff of being at one with the environment – one of the main reasons for buying an electric car in the first place.

As for interior space, Honda hasn’t released official data but initial reports suggest there is ample room in the rear for adult passengers, while the boot is a little compromised thanks to the electric motor being located under the boot floor.

Honda e exterior

When the Honda e was originally launched as a concept car, it was received with huge enthusiasm. That's no surprise considering the combination of such retro styling fused with futuristic electronics. Since then, the exterior shape has changed somewhat, but its core design has remained along with those distinct headlights.

There are a grand total of five exterior colours to choose from: steel metallic (grey), charge yellow, platinum white pearl, premium crystal blue metallic and crystal black pearl. Honda is yet to confirm official dimensions and luggage capacity for the e, but be sure to keep checking back on BuyaCar to get any updates as and when they arrive.

Honda e technology

In terms of technology, the Honda e has certainly gone in full-beans, promising to offer a very new feel of driving. Inside, you're met by a bank of digital screens including two 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens and an 8.8-inch digital driver display (in place of a traditional dial cluster).

Furthermore, the camera systems that replace wing and rearview mirrors add three more screens inside the cabin, displaying the images they are capturing - the view that would usually be seen in your mirrors.

Honda has also added voice commands into the e’s repertoire. Occupants can engage with the Honda Personal Assistant by saying “Ok Honda” in a very Google-esque manner.

On top of this, there is also a Honda+ smartphone application, which brings navigation, checking the condition of the car, remote heating and cooling of the cabin and key electric car data such as range and charge status. Drivers can also use their phones to unlock their e.

With regards to technology that actually adds to the driving experience, Honda has included 'single-pedal driving' functionality. This allows motorists to select how much regenerative braking - which adds charge back to the batteries - occurs when the throttle is lifted. Set this on a high level and the car slows quickly as soon as you lift of the accelerator, effectively meaning you don't need to use the brake pedal in the majority of driving situations.

Honda e review

As the Honda e is yet to arrive in the UK, BuyaCar’s review is a little way off. That said, there are a number of key areas the e will need to perform strongly in if it plans to succeed against a raft of similar cars hitting the market in the next 12 months. For starters, Honda’s claimed range needs to be accurate, as do its performance claims.

Inside the cabin needs to feel well-built, after all, at north of £25,000 this is by no means a cheap car. Similarly, the on-board tech will need to be functional and not gimmicky and the numerous screens must not prove hugely distracting for the driver. Only time will tell how the Honda e will stack up for UK buyers.


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