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What should I be paying?

The entry Elegance trim is £44,995, rising to £47,195 for the Advance model. It seems a little on the pricey side, but Honda is banking on solid residuals for decent leasing rates, and the zero emissions will also mean the car is competitive for company car buyers.

There are few options to choose from, however: there are five colours, with black the free one, else you’ll pay £650 for the pleasure. The blue is nice. There are also white or black interior to pick from. 

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What are the trims like? 

There’s a decent spec as standard: you get an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated seats up front, dual-zone aircon, wireless phone charging and keyless go. All cars also come with that 15.1in touchscreen as standard, and sit on 18in alloy wheels.

The Advance car sees your Elegance and raises you a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, fancy parking system with multiple cameras and side sensors that’ll park the car for you, as well as a powered tailgate and posh audio system.

Which one should I go for? 

There’s not a lot in it depending on what your budget allows. With this car we’d be tempted to just go for the top model with all the good stuff onboard, especially the way the panoramic roof makes everything nice and airy inside.

Anything else I should know? 

Honda recognises that many of the people going for the e:Ny1 will be new to electric driving, so it’s throwing in a support package that includes servicing, guarantee and UK/Europe roadside assistance for five years. So the e:Ny1 might seem expensive, but that’s quite a nice little present for Honda to throw in. “It’s not about price,” the company said at the car’s launch, “it’s about competing on value”. So there.

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Orders open in late October 2023 for deliveries to start in January 2024.

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