Honda e:Ny1 Review 2024

Honda e:Ny1 At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
Comfortable and easy to drive, the Honda e:Ny1 makes for an excellent first electric car. You can get bigger or more upmarket alternatives for the same price, though, which might make the e:Ny1 a hard sell in a crowded marketplace.

+Real-world range of more than 200 miles. Premium interior with impressive technology. Generous equipment levels.

-Doesn't charge as quickly as some electric cars. Quite expensive to buy. Why is it called that?

Another day, another electric SUV that's set to rock the market. This time it's the Honda e:Ny1... a surprisingly normal EV with a particularly un-normal name.

Honda wants the e:Ny1 - its second ever electric car - to appeal to a slightly more mainstream audience than the niche (but cool) Honda e. That's why it's an ever-popular small SUV, set to rival the Hyundai Kona Electric, the new Jeep Avenger and the excellent Mazda MX-30.

It looks a lot like the hybrid Honda HR-V, although the Honda e:Ny1 is actually based on a new electric car platform that will underpin future models (which will also take the e:N nomenclature). It's a front-wheel-drive car, using a single electric motor powered by a 68.8kWh battery pack positioned under the floor.

The Honda e:Ny1 prioritises range and comfort rather than outright performance, which means it officially manages to travel 256 miles between charges. The only fly in the ointment is the relatively slow 78kW charging rate, although Honda says that's more sustainable than rivals that boast headline-grabbing charging capacities.

To drive, the Honda e:Ny1 is comfortable and unintimidating. That means it won't come as a shock if you're trading in your petrol SUV, while performance is brisk rather than outrageous.

The interior of the e:Ny1 adopts a similar dashboard layout to the Honda HR-V, but with new technology at its core. The most striking feature is the 15.1-inch portrait-style touchscreen, similar to those found in premium models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model X.

The touchscreen is divided into three sections for audio and navigation, EV charge and consumption information, and climate control. Physical buttons are retained on the centre console and steering wheel, offering a blend of modern and traditional controls.

With regards to practicality, the Honda e:Ny1 matches the spaciousness of the Honda HR-V, with a very useable 361-litre boot. You can pick up a Skoda Enyaq iV for the same price as the e:Ny1, though, and that's a much bigger SUV that'll be more suited to family buyers.

Ah, prices. When orders open in November 2023, the Honda e:Ny1 will start from around £45,000 for the entry-level Elegance model, while the e:Ny1 Advance will be more than £47,000. For that kind of money, you can pick up a lightly-used Audi Q4 e-tron or Mercedes EQA, and we reckon a lot of buyers will struggle to ignore the lure of a premium badge. If you can, though, the Honda e:Ny1 is a really impressive electric car.

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