The Honda e has claimed the City Car of the Year title in the 2021 UK Car of the Year Awards. It is also part of the 11-car shortlist for the overall UK Car of the Year title, to be announced on Monday 8th March.
The UK Car of the Year Awards (UKCOTY) are an independent set of awards designed to highlight and advise the public on cars that excel on the UK’s unique road network – and surpass the average customer’s wants and needs. The awards are judged by 29 of the UK’s leading names in automotive journalism, with all test and analysis conducted on British roads.
The Honda e’s unique blend of style and substance was regularly drawn upon by the judges.
UKCOTY judge Nargess Banks said: “It epitomises the spirit of electric urban transport. This car – with its cute, anime looks – takes Honda in the right direction.” Fellow judge Paul Barker commented: “Characterful, fun and good to drive, the Honda e proves that EVs can keep us amused.”
The judge’s comments chime with Zap-Map’s first drive of the Honda e last year, when we said:
“Honda has announced itself on the electric vehicle stage with a model that looks almost identical to the concept that the public clamoured for. High-tech, stylish and fun, the Honda e might not have a long range, but it’s a great runabout.”
In comparison, city-car competitors such as the VW e-up! may not be as stylish, but have a longer range and lower price for a compact EV.
The Honda e is simple to navigate, however. Its two trim levels are generously equipped, with a range of advanced safety and assistance systems putting occupant safety first. The Advance model also adds a number of convenient technologies to make urban commuting easier, and less stressful. These include a class-first use of digital external and interior mirrors to ensure optimum clarity and visibility in all conditions. Fitted with a 35.5 kWh battery, the Honda e has a range of 136 miles on a charge. You can learn more about its range and how to charge it in the Honda e charging guide.
Other titles awarded to the Honda e include ‘City / Small Car of the Year’ in the News International Motor Awards 2020, ‘Best Electric Vehicle’ at the Stuff Gadget Awards and ‘City Car of the Year’ at the recent BBC Top Gear awards.