First Drive In Honda e Prototype Leaves Reviewer Genuinely Impressed

Honda has adopted a step by step approach when it comes to revealing details about the upcoming e small EV.

Earlier today, we learned that the production version of the e Prototype will feature an electric motor delivering 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) and more than 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of instant torque. These numbers may sound great for a B-segment-sized car but they don’t paint the whole picture as far as the driving experience is concerned.

While Honda has only great things to say about what its small EV is like to drive, nothing beats actually driving it, right? The folks from the Fully Charged show were among the first to get behind the wheel of the Honda e, albeit in near-production Prototype form.

Also read: Honda e Reveals Platform Secrets, Water-Cooled 35.5 kWh Battery Pack

Still, the e Prototype is 99 percent of what the finished item will be like when deliveries start in early 2020. That said, the first impressions are really promising, even though reviewer Robert Llewellyn only had 19 minutes to drive the car on a closed course in Frankfurt, Germany.

Acceleration-wise, the reviewer says the Honda e pulls away very nicely, especially in Sport mode, but we’ll have to wait some more to learn the official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time. Given the 50:50 weight distribution and the rear-wheel-drive setup, the car feels nimble in corners and steers beautifully. Speaking of steering, it has a remarkably small turning radius of approximately 4.3 meters (169.3 inches) — that’s tighter than the Smart Fortwo eQ’s turning circle.

Overall, the reviewer could not find one bad thing to say about the Honda e and that’s very good news indeed for the people who have already pre-ordered one. Not even the rearview cameras bothered him — actually, he found those much better than the traditional mirrors.


  • Loving this

  • ace_9

    The question is: how much? If it’s a 25 k€ (or more) car, then it doesn’t matter how good it is. It will be just another toy for rich posers.

    • Steve

      Wait, did you just imply that because someone can afford to drive an electric car they are ‘rich posers’? I can’t afford one but ouch dude, how are we supposed to make the world a better place if only poor people aren’t posers? It seems that you have jealousy issues with people making more money than yourself. How sad that this is how you choose to live life…

      • Some ol’ bloke

        I think the point, aside from the jealousy, was to say that these cars cost too much – But I still agree with you

        • ace_9

          Thanks for thinking also about something else than my horrible jealousy 🙂 You’re right, I think these cars are too expensive. They simply cannot cost that much to be considered as a near-future alternative. People like me are buying 20 k€ new cars at best and even for that price I would still be expecting good arguments to not buy something cheaper. And that’s me and I consider myself lucky to be able to even afford a new car from time to time. But I live around many many people that cannot spend even 10 thousand or 5 thousand. And the cars in that range are practically 80 % of all cars here. How can current electric cars with their prices be something else than a nice thing for more fortunate ones? It’s the same as with supercars. Sure, I would like one. But can I afford one or keep it running? No…

      • ace_9

        I’m deeply touched by your good-natured lecture 😀 I must, however, point out that, as you’ve mentioned, I sadly chose to live my life thinking people buying expensive electric cars are usually just posers pretending to be eco-conscious. So, your effort to make me a better person is not going to change me. I would also like to point out that you are wrong about the jealousy issues. I’m ok with things I have now and I don’t envy people their more expensive cars, houses, etc. As probably any other normal person I would like to have much more money, but that’s just a general small feeling when I think about it. I don’t get disgusted and overwhelmed in envy when I see someone driving 5 or more times expensive car is I have. I simply don’t care. But you are right in judging me for my categorization of people buying majority of new electric cars as posers. From my experience they behave like posers, talk like posers and so in my book they are posers and I will gladly talk with some electric car owner who does not think he knows the best about transportation, electrification, does not feel the constant urge to educate everyone and does not consider people that really like gas powered car as filthy neanderthals.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Saw a PROPER review: cheap plastic inside, bad ergonomy (switches & buttons hard to find, distracting 5 (!) screens on the dash), little rear legroom, poor (!) acceleration, VERY small trunk (& no front space).
    In the end, a letdown. Also, 40k (!) is double the price of the ICE competitors.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      Source please.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Quattroruote, the biggest italian car journal, with over 20 other associated over the world

        • Julien Lachemoi

          Give me a proper link. Because I searched and found an article on the site you’re mentioning and they have mostly positives things to say about the car.
          So please give the source to your claim.


      Stop lying.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        But i’m not.
        Read my answer below

  • Enter Ranting

    Honda is going to print money with these.


  • ErnieB

    Honda finally has a car I like!!!

  • EnergeticEddy

    But why did they changed the design so much from the original concept? That one looked much better than this one.

  • Aqua Boogie

    Carefully and certainly entering the world of BEV’s. I drive 60 kilometers a day (rural area), Loading it up three times a week at night will get me there. Agile, good looking car. Learn to live with the screens and my TCO is up-to-date. 50% cleaner than any ICE in the full life cycle. Fun.

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