Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Honda e looks dinky, but bigger than expected inside
  • Enough room for four adults at a push
  • Light and airy feel, plus good storage

The e benefits from an airy, uncluttered cabin in the front, with the absence of any humps in the floor giving ample legroom to both passengers. It’s a slightly different story in the back, however, where the four-seat Honda feels good enough on rear space but not generous with it.

You will be able to get two adults in, but it’s best that they’re only in there for short journeys. For example, space under the seats (where the passengers’ feet would usually go) is restricted, and limits how far those in the back can extend their legs.

2020 Honda e rear seats

The car’s tall body helps with headroom though, and the light and airy feel at least gives an illusion of more space than there actually is. Certainly more so than in the MINI Hatch, for instance.

Up front there’s an area between the seats with adjustable dividers to accommodate various sizes of items, a fairly useful door bin with bottle holder and a decent glovebox. In the void between the seats (where your feet could go), a cupholder slides out from the central cubby via a nice leather strap, while a fabric pouch ahead of it also adds to the useful touches. 

It’s also very useful to have a flat floor in the front, as you’re able to slide over and exit the car from either door – super handy in tight parking spaces.

The boot is fairly standard for a city car at 171 litres, but there’s still enough room for a few small suitcases (the kind you’d take on board a plane), or a few small holdalls and rucksacks. It’s nice and square, and access is good, while the rear seats fold and leave a fairly flat load bay if you need it. There’s nowhere to store charging cables, though, which means that unless you exclusively use public chargers with tethered connections you’ll always have something in the boot.

2020 Honda e boot

There are an impressive amount of sockets available to plug-in various items, including an HDMI connection (the kind to plug in a games console) and a proper three-pin plug should you want to take your microwave out with you (not recommended).

How safe is the Honda e?

  • Honda Sensing range of safety kit available
  • Includes full suite of driver assistance tech
  • Four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Honda calls its range of safety and driver assistance kit Honda Sensing, and it incorporates a large selection of features, but it depends on the model you choose whether you get it or not.

Unsurprisingly it’s the Honda e Advance that gets the full selection, made up of:

All of the above is familiar from Honda’s other cars, but more features have been added for the e, including:

  • Lead Car Departure Notification System – alerts the driver when the car in front moves away
  • Collision Mitigation Throttle Control – stops you accelerating quickly if there’s an obstacle in the way (in Drive and Reverse), to avoid a low-speed crash
  • Low Speed Brake Function – automatically brakes the car at low speeds if a potential impact is detected

Although it misses out on a maximum score in the Euro NCAP test, it’s still a respectable score. Euro NCAP says, ‘Honda’s new electric supermini represents the state of the art for green driving. It lacks some of the more advanced safety features present in the Honda Jazz but produces a respectable four-star rating in Euro NCAP’s latest tests, nevertheless.’

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda e Hatchback.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Advance equipment

Advance standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Advance optional equipment
None available
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Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Honda e Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2020
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 76%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road Users: 62%
Safety Assist: 65%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.