Honda e review: boot space, seating & practicality
Boot space in the Honda e isn't great, but otherwise practicality is good by small-car standards
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The Honda e's practicality is adequate by city-car standards, with lots of nifty touches inside, including a phone pocket below the USB ports and a pull-out cup-holder for the driver. There's dedicated cable storage, but the boot is fairly tiny – the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa Electric have much more storage space. However, the Honda does at least offer decent rear passenger space, and – unlike the three-door MINI Electric – five doors as standard.
Honda e interior space, storage & comfort
There’s seating for four in the Honda e, and a surprising amount of leg and headroom that’ll comfortably accommodate two adults behind a fairly tall driver. There’s no middle seat in the back, so it's strictly a four-seater. The seats are a bit flat in the back, but for the short hops you’re likely to do, they're more than comfortable enough. Lots of light coming from the sunroof and windows helps, too. You sit upright, made possible by the tall roofline, which brings your legs back towards you, effectively creating more space in front.
The Honda’s 171-litre boot is rather small; in fact it's smaller than the electric Fiat 500's and a lot smaller than the BYD Dolphin's 345-litre cargo area. One airline cabin-sized bag will take up the majority of the Honda e's boot, so make sure to pack light if you’re going away. There is cable storage under the boot floor, though, and the rear seats fold down (albeit in one piece) to extend the space.
That underfloor storage isn't big enough for both cables, so Honda supplies two bags. This eats into the already-small boot, but remember that the short range means this isn’t a car designed for long trips, so its boot capacity should be perfectly adequate most of the time. Unlike some larger electric cars, there’s no storage under the bonnet, as that’s where the charging hardware is.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Honda e features cool retro design and futuristic technology, but less stylish rivals beat it in the less glamorous but more useful areas of range and practicality
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Honda e has a long enough range for a huge swathe of motorists' daily requirements, but almost all rivals can go much further
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Honda e is as cheap to run as ever, but it’s now more expensive than electric family cars with more than twice the range
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Honda e is great fun to drive, yet also comfortable and brilliantly designed for town motoring
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Honda e's screens seem a bit much at first, but you can use them as much or as little as you wish and just enjoy the brilliant retro-modern interior
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingBoot space in the Honda e isn't great, but otherwise practicality is good by small-car standards
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Honda e is packed with driver aids, although the absence of some of the latest systems as standard meant it only scored four out of five in Euro NCAP crash testing
- 8Living with itDid a short driving range and pretty hefty price tag taint our time living with the Honda e electric supermini?