Honda’s first all-electric car is a four-seat hatchback that rivals the BMW i3 and Renault Zoe…

On sale autumn 2019 | Price from £28,000 (est)

Meet the most exciting new car of 2019 – as crowned by What Car? readers at our most recent Car of the Year awards where the Honda Urban EV, as it was known then, garnered almost eight times as many votes as the second-placed car. This latest version of Honda’s BMW i3 and Renault Zoe rival – now called the e Prototype – is described as being close to production ready.

While it keeps the modern, minimalist styling of the original concept, the e Prototype now sports five doors to aid practicality. The e Prototype is still a small car, though; it’s shorter than Honda’s Jazz hatchback but taller than a Mini, and it seats four. There’s a small boot at the rear, but don’t expect to fit much more than a couple of carry-on suitcases inside.

The car includes door handles that sit flush with the body and pop out when needed – much like those on the Jaguar I-Pace. Like the recently revealed Audi E-tron electric SUV, the e Prototype eschews traditional door mirrors for cameras that show rear-view images on small screens placed in each corner of the dashboard.