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Surprise: The Honda E Isn't As Expensive As We Feared

Honda's first production plug-in electric car starts at £26,160 when the UK government's EV grant factored in

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Honda - Surprise: The Honda E Isn't As Expensive As We Feared - News

Judging by hints made by company representatives earlier this year, we were expecting the production version of the Honda e to be rather expensive. However, while it’s far from the sub-£20k EV for the masses the world could do with, it isn’t quite as pricey as feared.

Factoring in the UK government’s £3500 electric car grant, the range starts at £26,160 for the entry-level 134bhp version. That’s just over £1000 more than the Peugeot e-208, which has a better range but isn’t anywhere near as cool.

If you want the ‘Advance’ version of the E with its better spec and 152bhp motor, the price increases to £28,660. Along with the bump in power, buyers receive a ‘Centre Mirror System’, Honda Parking Pilot and a better sound system.

Honda - Surprise: The Honda E Isn't As Expensive As We Feared - News

If you prefer paying in smaller chunks - which most do these days - it’ll be £299 a month on a PCP over 36 months for the base car with a £5887.37 deposit, or £349 with £5,858.94 down.

The electric powertrain - which is good for 232lb ft of torque - will propel the E to 62mph in about eight seconds. It has a range of up to 136 miles, and when you’re out of power, an 80 per cent recharge is possible in around 30 minutes.

Honda - Surprise: The Honda E Isn't As Expensive As We Feared - News

Just like the exterior, the interior is completely new territory for Honda. No sub-par, off-the-shelf infotainment systems here - instead, the dashboard is made up of five screens. There’s a digital instrument cluster, a central display plus another next to it for the passenger, and two screens showing a feed from the camera mirrors.

Want one? The Advance is available to order from today, but if it’s the entry-level car you’re after, patience is required - it won’t be available until early next year.