Honda e running costs & insurance
Great finance figures make the Honda e more affordable than its fairly high list price initially suggests
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|25-29||3yrs/unlimited miles||TBC||From £137 / £275|
The Honda e costs a little over £400 per month with a £6,700 deposit or part-exchange from the customer on a three-year PCP contract, while the Advance will cost a further £30 per month. Those are very reasonable terms that put the Honda fairly close in terms of finance cost to larger rivals like the Peugeot e-208, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Renault ZOE.
A full charge from a domestic socket will cost around £9, or you could halve that cost if you stick to off-peak, overnight tariffs. Company-car users will find the Honda e remarkably cheap: Benefit-in-Kind tax is a negligible £137 and £275 per annum respectively for 20% and 40% taxpayers during the 2022/23 financial year.
Honda e insurance group
The Honda e falls into insurance group 25, or 29 for the Advance, which is a little high compared to rivals like the ZOE. Even the MINI Electric betters it fractionally, being rated in groups 22 and 23.
Honda offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty on all of its new cars, which can be extended for an additional cost. The e's battery is warranted for eight years/100,000 miles.
We haven’t yet got a confirmed servicing schedule for the Honda e, but it should certainly be no worse than the standard 12-month/12,000-mile schedule that applies to most combustion-engined Hondas. The car will also warn you when it requires a service, and the intervals may vary depending on the sort of driving you do.
The Honda e is currently not liable for VED (road tax) in the UK due to its zero-emissions status. It's also exempt from the London Congestion Charge and other current clean air zones fees.
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 some rivals can go much further
- 3Running costs - currently readingGreat finance figures make the Honda e more affordable than its fairly high list price initially suggests
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Honda e is great fun to drive, yet also comfortable and brilliantly designed for town motoring
- 5Interior & comfortThe 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
- 6Practicality & boot spaceBoot space in the Honda e isn't great, but otherwise practicality is good by small-car standards
- 7Reliability & safetyThe 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?