City life can be stressful and challenging, so it is important for city dwellers to find a car that not only suits their city life but also takes some of the stress away. Compact cars are generally intended for the city because of several factors, such as size, better gas mileage in the city, a small turning circle and a fuel-efficient engine. Today, most buyers choose SUVs for all the right reasons. Yes, they are big. And yes, they offer more cabin and cargo space. And they are more versatile. And so on. But when it comes to city driving, SUVs are most hated for being too big and thirsty. In addition, their size makes maneuvering on city roads very difficult, let alone finding parking spaces.
Honda is among the vast majority of automakers who have realized that many of their customers are city dwellers and therefore need cars that are more city-oriented. With that kind of essence, the Honda e was born. With this EV in store, Honda struck the perfect balance with the Honda e hatchbackan EV that is both compact and eco-friendly, not to mention its efficiency, durability and usability on all fronts.
Our readers may remember the retro-styled Honda e concept showcased by the brand a few years ago. Or its sporty brother, the Honda Sports EV. With a penchant for style, comfort and practicality, these inspired production models hit the European market, leaving the US market with an intense craving for EVs, as it were.
Our heart lies with the stylish, compact and efficient EV. This is why the Honda e is a must-have for city dwellers.
The Honda e has a futuristic exterior design
First, everything about the Honda e screams ‘City’. It looks like everything you would expect from a city car and more. It’s elegant, innovative and a bit sporty. Furthermore, it is also incredibly compact and comparable to the Electric Mini or the Fiat 500 Electric. But unlike those EVs, the Honda e is an all-new model and not an electric version of another. In any case, the design of the Honda e is inspired by city life.
At the front, the Honda has e ‘eye-like’ LED headlights that greet you every time you unlock the car. And the daytime running lights not only look cool, but also complement the grille, bumper and lower valance for a more stylish and aerodynamic front end. The rear design includes bright and perfectly rounded LED taillights.
The unique alloy wheels enhance the EV’s profile and, like most EVs, are available in a variety of sizes. The standard Honda e is available on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Honda e Advance offers a choice between 16-inch and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Other good design elements are the door handles. With flat handles, the handles almost disappear into the body and only come out when needed. This makes the car more aerodynamic and contributes significantly to the design.
Although it may look smaller, it is just the right size. It measures about 153.31 inches long, 68.98 inches wide and 59.53 inches high, which is almost the size of the Audi A1 Sportback or a Toyota Yaris. In terms of color selections, buyers can choose between Premium Crystal Blue Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Charge Yellow, Crystal Black Pearl and Platinum White Pearl.
The Honda e cab offers plenty of space, technology and more
For a compact car, the cabin of the Honda e is quite spacious, with enough room to sit comfortably with 4 adults. Both the front and rear get plenty of leg and headroom. The lack of the center console creates more interior space.
In the center of the dashboard are two 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens, which form the car’s infotainment system. The system comes with Honda’s Connect system. So you get Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and navigation as standard, just to name a few.
Behind the rear seat is 171 liters of cargo space, enough to transport a few things. With the rear seats folded, you can carry up to 861 liters of luggage, allowing you to carry more luggage and other things.
For extra visibility, you get the Side Camera Mirror System, with screens at each end of the dash. There is an additional Center Camera Mirror System that displays the image from a rear view camera, but you only get this feature on the Honda e Advance.
Safety and driver assistance technologies are a must-have these days, which is why Honda has equipped the EV with features such as the Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Monitoring System and Adaptive Low Speed Follow Cruise.
The Honda e has decent power, range and performance
The Honda e gets its power from a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. With this battery you get a driving range of 131 miles if your car is equipped with 17-inch wheels and up to 137 if you drive the smaller 16-inch wheels. Using an ultra-fast DC charging point, your Honda e can go from 0% to 80% in just under 30 minutes, thanks to 100 kW of charge acceptance.
The e is available in both 134 hp and 152 hp options, which is enough to get you moving for city rides. This power goes to the rear wheels, allowing for greater articulation and steering. The Honda e accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9 seconds and has a top speed of 90.10 km/h. Thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution and low center of gravity, the Honda e is exceptionally balanced, even on the most twisty roads. All in all, the world needs more electric cars like the Honda e.