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Honda e hatchback - Reliability & safety

The Honda e features all the latest safety technology

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Honda e reliability

Hondas are usually reliable but it’s a little harder to predict with the Honda e. On the one hand, electric cars have fewer parts to go wrong but on the other, the e represents a rather different car to everything else the company currently builds. With a new platform, drivetrain and some new technology too, we’ll have to wait to report definitively on the car’s reliability.

As a brand, Honda fared pretty well in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It finished sixth out of 29 manufacturers, one place up on 2020, although 14% of owners reported a fault with their cars in the first year of ownership. Honda owners weren’t generally too kind about the brand’s infotainment systems or engines, but the Honda e doesn’t have an engine and has a completely different screen setup, so it will be interesting to see if it can sway scoring in future.

Safety

The Honda e was awarded four stars by Euro NCAP in its latest tough test procedures. Honda has included a huge array of safety kit as standard, including pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and automatic high-beam assistance. In the event of a crash, the Honda e will automatically contact the emergency services. The electric Fiat 500 also scored four stars, while the Renault ZOE was rescored in 2021 and was given zero stars in a shock result.

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