Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 12.9 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 7.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.6 miles/kWh
  • Able to charge in 30 mins
  • But only on a rapid charger
  • Range varies depending on trim

The overall driving range of the e varies depending on the size of the alloy wheels fitted. In standard form with 16-inch alloy wheels, the e will manage up to 137 miles on a full charge, while those with 17-inch alloy wheels (an optional extra on e Advance trim) claim slightly less at up to 125 miles. These wheels are standard on the Advance trim grade, so despite paying more for the extra kit and more powerful motor, you do get a penalty when it comes to how far you can go before needing to recharge.

When that time comes, the e can be charged via a regular three-pin plug in just under 19 hours, via a Public Type 2 charger in 4.1 hours (the kind you’d have fitted at your home as well – Honda’s version is called the Honda Power Charger), or via rapid chargers in around 30 minutes.

Simply press the button on the key and the flap on the bonnet opens up to reveal the charger socket. A display inside the car lets you see how the charging process is going, but there’s also a function on the My Honda+ app for your smartphone, allowing access to various remote functions to do with the car. You can see how the charging is going, where the car is, and plan when you want it to start charging at home via a schedule.

2020 Honda e motor

You can even set up a ‘digital key’ whereby another user (with access granted by the owner) can use the car without needing the physical key. It’s all done via permission and a code via an app, shared to the extra driver by the owner.

Is 137 miles enough range? Regrettably, we don’t think so – not when cars like the similarly priced Peugeot e-208 or Renault Zoe will manage over 200 miles on a charge with no problem. Of course, it comes down to individual need – but for most, the range of the Honda e relegates it to second car duty.

Helping out range anxiety, though, is a very accurate ‘range remaining’ meter – we found it provided an absolutely dot-on calculation, so you really can run the e right down without panicking that your range will drop off suddenly like an iPhone.

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Is it reliable?

  • Good reputation for Honda
  • But everything in the e is new
  • Three-year warranty

It’s quite difficult to predict how reliable the Honda e will be over time. It’s new territory for Honda with its all-electric powertrain and new interior components, but the firm has a solid reputation for building dependable cars. It comes with Honda’s standard three-year warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 25 - 29
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