The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A fabulous little family car that’s great fun to drive

Starting price: £34,365

Pros

Leather seats

Large, touchscreen with Smartphone integration

360° camera

Heated steering wheel

Cons

2 seats in the rear

Small boot

Intro

Honda has certainly upped its game with the Honda e.  It’s a great little family car with some fantastic features.  Having seen more and more of these on the road, we were keen to see what all the fuss was about!  On first impression, we weren’t sure what to make of the rounded headlights and rear lights – they look like little eyes staring straight at you!  However, they do get you noticed on the road! We also noticed the lack of wing mirrors, get past all this and there are some fabulous surprises.

Honda have included quirky features to get your attention, starting with the keyless entry, where at the touch of a button, you’ll find the flush door handles pop open. This all adds to the seemingly smooth exterior of the car, making it seem clean and tidy looking.  We drove the automatic Honda e Advance (the higher of the 2 trim levels).  It was an easy, fun and nippy drive and the car could really move when we wanted it to!

The central charging point in the bonnet gives access on either side. A quick charge of 80% capacity can take 31 mins, whilst a home charge of 100% will take 4.1 hours.  The range is 100 miles, quite poor in comparison to other little electric cars like the Mini Electric which has a range of 145 miles.

Interior

The interior is where the Honda e really impressed us, aside from the slightly cheap looking wooden panels, there are lots of digital/hi tech treats. The dashboard consists of one long, continual screen that literally stretches from one side of the car to the other.  On either side of the screen is a camera which effectively replace the wing mirrors.  This cleverly designed feature makes the driving experience feel far more luxurious. The screen itself is broken down into 3 separate parts which can be swapped around depending on what you want to use where; radio, map etc.  Handy if you need to enter a new destination in your maps whilst driving for example. The front passenger can do this for you by switching the screen closer to them, then it can be switched back so the map is once again in the centre for the driver.  Clever stuff!  The screen behind the steering wheel is 8.8 inch and the remaining 2 infotainment touchscreens are 12.3 inch.  Add to that, the 6 inch cameras that replace the wing mirrors and you have a futuristic world right in front of you!

The car includes the all-important smartphone integration, allowing you to plug your phone in and use the apps.  The touchscreen is easy to navigate and manipulate, as is the climate control underneath the screens.  For those cold winter mornings, the steering wheel can be heated, so those attractive driving gloves can be binned!

Parking the Honda e is an absolute doddle!  The rear-view camera is incredibly clear on the screen and parking sensors come as standard, but we loved the 360° camera.  Honda give you a bird’s eye view of your surrounding area, so you can see everything.  This is one of our favourite features in cars. The rear-view mirror can also be switched so that it becomes a live camera feed showing what is directly behind you.  An interesting feature and one that we found took some getting used to.

If all this isn’t enough, you can also download the My Honda+ app, which enables you to control your car from anywhere.  Allowing you for example, to pre heat your car on cold mornings, schedule charge times and even start the car amongst many other things!  There is also an emergency SOS button that alerts emergency services of any break downs/accidents.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats felt comfortable and leather is an optional extra, so spillages and crumbs are easily wiped away.  Heated seats in the front come as standard and there is plenty of leg space in the front as there is no exhaust pipe running through the car. There are 2 ISOFIX points in the rear and only 2 seats on the rear bench.  Get past the brown coloured seat belts and we found it perfectly adequate for up to 4 passengers.  The rear doors open incredibly wide, so getting that rear facing baby car seat in and out should be a piece of cake too.  The rear windows are also tinted, so no need for those flimsy sunshades that never cover the area of the window that lets the sun in anyway!

Cups & Cubby

Storage in the Honda e is somewhat limited.  There are 3 storage holders in between the driver and passenger seat that can accommodate a water bottle.  Sadly, there is no flat storage tray in the front for phones and keys, which means your phone will either end up vertical in one of the 3 cupholders or placed in the fabric pouch below the USB ports. The glove box is on the small side and the rear door bins can hold a water bottle but that’s your lot!  Sadly, there is no space for anything else.  There are 2 USB points in both the front and rear, so iPads can be charged easily enough on those longer journeys.

Boot Space

If looks are deceiving, that is certainly the case with the Honda e’s boot. In all honesty, we were disappointed with the boot once we had a look.  It’s a lot smaller than we thought it would be, at only 171 litres. Whilst you’ll definitely get school bits and bobs and a few shopping bags in there, you won’t be able to get a pushchair or pram in. The boot is flush, so no lifting up and over.

Summary

We really liked Honda’s approach at trying to stand out from the crowd and design a fun, quirky electric run around.  It’s small enough to get into those tight spaces on the school run and accommodate daily bits and bobs in the boot for up to 4 passengers. However, if you’re a young growing family who need room for a pram or stroller, sadly this is not the car for you.

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo (width 38cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3894 mm (L) x 1752 mm (W) x 1512 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

171 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

96 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

100 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 7.6 – 8.3 secs