We take the one Honda E in Australia for a fast spin.
It’s now not continuously you get to power a one-off. However that’s precisely what took place after we had been passed the keys to the one Honda E in Australia – the Eastern logo’s pint-sized all-electric hatchback.
And, instantly off the bat, this vehicle represents a ignored alternative for Honda Australia, which has already showed it is going to now not be bringing the electrical funster Down Beneath.
As a substitute, native impartial importer OZM Auto Crew – which specialises in bringing in Eastern marketplace vehicles and other people movers – has added the Honda E to its portfolio, with a limited number to make their way to Australia underneath the government’s Particular Fanatic Car Scheme (SEVS).
The Sydney-based importer is taking orders for the pocket EV, alternatively, it gained’t be affordable. OZM Auto Crew says it is going to be priced between $80,000 to $85,000 in the neighborhood – a hefty top class over the kind of AUD$53,000 it prices in its local Japan (¥4.51 million).
For that spend, you get round 200–220km of vary relying on using stipulations, which at the floor isn’t nice. However, with the unashamedly town focal point of the Honda E, we’d undertaking it’s sufficient for many town dwellers.
There’s no query the E is a lovely vehicle. It’s larger within the steel than it appears in footage, and slightly smaller than the Skoda Fabia however longer than the Kia Picanto. Town car-sized then.
Within, the Honda E appears the section. Internal design is futuristic, with numerous quirks. The design is a hot-tech tackle cabins.
A virtual show runs the width of the dashboard providing a number of data and era, all in Eastern on this first vehicle to land in Australia. There’s additionally a lovely aquarium serve as, which turns the sprint right into a virtual fish tank. Quirky.
The wing mirrors are virtual, with cameras fixed at the doorways projecting a picture onto displays at the dashboard. Assume Audi’s gadget for the e-Tron, simplest higher. The displays are situated naturally, in contrast to the Audi’s the place it’s important to glance into the door playing cards to peer what is in the back of you. With the Honda E, it is a fast look to the place common mirrors could be, and way more intuitive.
Powering the one Honda E within the nation is a 113kW/315Nm electrical motor getting its juice from a 35.5kWh battery pack. Honda claims that array may have round 220km of vary, even if real-world trying out has indicated a spread nearer to 170km.
Slide within the Honda E and there’s only a sense of a laugh. Make no mistake, this can be a cuuuute vehicle. And but, regardless of its cuteness, there’s a shocking quantity of engagement from in the back of the wheel.
Honda claims a 0–100km/h time of 8.3 seconds and that feels if the rest, slightly understated. Transferring clear of standstill gives a shocking quantity of punch regardless of our E ferrying 4 adults on our quick take a look at. It’s zippy, spritely, and strangely agile.
And the Honda E is similarly as fast to transport within the mid-range. A merge onto a highway from 80–110km/h proved similarly as easy as acceleration from standstill. It merely hunkers down and lumps on velocity a lot sooner than you could believe just by taking a look at it.
So too the experience, which whilst at the company aspect introduced respectable bump absorption and compliance. It by no means felt jittery or flustered, and settled temporarily over bumps too.
The 2-spoke guidance wheel feels great in hand, too, and appears excellent. Sure, there are some buttons to play with, however its total presentation is beautiful minimalist and in keeping with the remainder of the cabin.
The second one row, whilst tight, is fairly spacious, even if it will have to be famous the Honda E is exactly a four-seater going through the seatbelt rely. The boot is tiny, too, measuring in at 171L. That may extend to 861L with the rear seats folded away.
Something value noting is the Honda E has small again doorways, which convey with them small apertures. Coming into the second one row is simple sufficient, however that small opening introduced its demanding situations when exiting the E. Some contortion is needed.
In keeping with the Eastern-spec sprint, our couple of minutes in the back of the wheel netted an energy-consumption go back of between 4.8km in keeping with kWh and 5.1km in keeping with kWh. That’s inside the spectrum of an approximate 170km vary, as reviewers in different markets have skilled.
We didn’t get a lot time in the back of the wheel, however we had sufficient to revel in the Honda E’s appeal. Unusually agile and zippy, the small electrical hatchback is immediately lovely and characterful.