16th May, 2021

Motoring: Honda e is a superb little car that I didn’t want to hand back!

Redditch Editorial 23rd Apr, 2021

Honda e (Advance -113 kW)

Motoring Review by Tony Yates

I’m here this week to share with you a motoring review on the new Honda e, and to tell you why the Honda e is a wonderful little thing.

Also, why I’m here, I will tell why there isn’t any reason whatsoever as to why you shouldn’t go out right now and buy the Honda e.

Of course, I know you are probably thinking I’m clearly mad and the only reason I’m saying this is because I now live in a cabin in the woods, I’m self-sufficient and I spend my days growing vegetables in my garden – meaning I can safely say I’m a born again ‘save the planet sort of guy’.

Wrong! I’m telling you this now because I have tested many electric vehicles and there are many of them that I was happy to return.

Except the Honda e. I never ever wanted to give the little ‘Honda e’ back.

Here is a little bit of what Honda says: Positioned as an urban-commuter, with styling cues taken from the original 1970’s Civic, the Honda e is the brand’s first pure BEV in Europe, and the start of Honda’s electrification journey.

The Honda e helps kick start the brand’s commitment to having electrified 100% of all its car sales by 2025 and is a fusion of pure, simplistic style and chic, underpinned by world-class engineering and Honda’s relentless commitment to R&D.

Sounds brilliant right? Well, let’s see how the Honda e faired out on the open road.

Power and Efficiency:

The 35.5kWh battery placement within the Honda e has led to an exceptionally low CoG and optimized weight distribution.

The cells also hold enough charge to deliver a WLTPconfirmed

range of 125 miles and with the average commute in the UK being around 23 miles, the Honda e is the perfect solution to modern day motoring.

Out on the open road, the Honda e was fast – as it whizzed around the country lanes while also taking on even the most mundane of motorways with ease. Then, when you hit the city streets – the Honda e shows where it’s most comfortable and most at home.

The Honda e is also perfect for a quick dash to the shops or that short trip to the office.

If you fancy seeing what the Honda e can really do – then expect a top speed of around 100mph and a 0-62 time of 8 seconds, which seems slow – but it’s not really, because it scoots along at a very quick pace and at times it felt so much faster.

Remember, there are no gear changes to do and the pace it has as soon as you press the Go-Go pedal is staggering thanks to 315Nm of torque.

It’s like a little puppy dog, dashing around everywhere while snapping at the heels of some of the bigger dogs out to play that day.

On the road:

The Honda e feels nimble and controlled and the chassis is refined. You can also feel the stiffer platform and suspension – which certainly helps it play its part in improving the ride quality.

The steering system also feels direct and the feedback for the driver is great.

So, a great all-around driving experience then.

Plus, Honda has placed the four wheels in the outmost corners of the car, increasing driving pleasure, practicality, and overall manoeuvrability; giving the Honda e a 4.3m turning circle.

Design & Technology:

Beneath the Honda e’s, clean exterior is a host of modern technologies that would make even the most technically minded person go all mushy on the inside.

For me, the interior has been designed to make the driver’s life easier, simpler, and more relaxing which is a plus point in my book.

Also, central to the instrument panel are two intuitive12” screens that provide a wealth of information and connectivity options to the occupants.

This out of the world system allows key information to be relayed to the driver when it’s needed most. This is just the tip of the iceberg – there is so much more to explore inside the Honda e – but, I’m going to let you make that journey all by yourself.

Also, thanks to Honda’s advanced charging and energy management technologies, the Honda e can be fast-charged to 80pc battery capacity in just 30 minutes. I can’t even charge my mobile phone that fast.

Standard equipment includes; Curtain airbags (front & rear) Drivers airbag (dual-stage inflation)

Passenger airbag & isolator switch, Side airbags (front)Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist, City Brake Active System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Assist with Agile Handling Assist, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Deflation Warning System, Honda SENSING Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Cut in Prediction, intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning with Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System and Traffic Sign Recognition System.

To sum up: Get one now – while you still can. 5 stars Honda.

Price: (from) £29,160

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