Honda e running costs
Great finance figures make the Honda e more affordable than its fairly high list price initially suggests
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|25-29||3yrs/unlimited miles||TBC||From £61 / £123|
Honda estimates the e will cost £299 per month with a £6,000 deposit or part-exchange from the customer on a three-year PCP contract, while the Advance will cost a further £50 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 £5, 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 zero for the 2020/21 financial year and then goes up to a negligible £118 for 2021/22.
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 warrantied 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Honda e is one of the best small cars out there, electric or otherwise, even if its range is a bit on the short side
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Honda e delivers 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