Honda e audio review: The Advance sound system

The Honda e is an all-electric hatchback that starts from £27,160, with the Advance trim on review starting from £29,660. Aside from the additional safety features and extra grunt from its electric motor, the Advance trim also comes with an eight-speaker ‘Premium Audio’ system.

The £2,500 upgrade adds a 75W subwoofer and a 45W centre speaker taking total power up yo 376 Watts. By comparison, the standard Honda e has six speakers and outputs 180 Watts of power, only.

For a demo of the Honda e’s audio system head on over to our YouTube channel.

Honda e audio setup

Tech is at the forefront of the Honda e’s interior and exterior design, where the car’s infotainment system is made up of two 12.3″ displays. Through them, one can tailor its audio configuration with ease. Here are our optimal settings:

  • Treble: +2
  • Midrange: +0
  • Bass: -1
  • Subwoofer: -1
  • Balance & fader: Centre

You’ll also find support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, where this will playback audio via USB; we found the latter operating system worked a treat, whereby it’s among one of the best integrations we’ve seen to date. Wireless connectivity can be achieved via Bluetooth, although, the system is limited to the lowest-quality SBC codec, only.

Honda e screens

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Honda e audio performance

For a demo of the Honda e’s audio system head on over to our YouTube channel.

In terms of the car’s set up, there’s a speaker within each of the front doors, and one within each of the rear doors. The fifth resides at the centre of the dashboard, while the sixth is a 75W subwoofer located under the rear seats.

The addition of a physical subwoofer inside this small-sized cabin has a profound effect across the sub- and mid-bass frequencies. A heart-felt rumble is felt running through the cabin when T-Pain’s classic ‘I’m Sprung’ is played through the Honda’s audio system.

Similarily the mid-bass can be felt with real presence all while remaining perfectly accurate and controlled through more challenging songs. We’d recommend reducing both the bass and sub-bass EQ by one notch, but of course, you might prefer to retain its slightly overpowering bassline.

The highs also provide plenty of excitement at the top-end with excellent extension without the notion of the system sounding harsh or sibilant when cranked up. We would, however, recommended adding two notches to the Treble EQ to get the most out of the system.

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The same praise couldn’t be said about the system’s mid-range which is a tad recessed. In Kanye West’s 2006 record, ‘Touch The Sky’, the artist’s voice is a little subdued and is instead dominated by the lively low-end frequencies. Adding anything to the midrange here will taint the overall sound signature and make vocals sound a touch artificial. A real shame as if it had room to be EQ’ed, the mids would come to the forefront and would lead to a more engaging experience.

As for the soundstage, it’s a little lacklustre. Due to the system having a limited number of speakers, the sound lacks a bit of width and depth. Instrument separation could be a little better, too. Had the Honda e Advance come with a few additional speakers (ten or more), we could have seen a class-leading performance here; alas that’s not the case.

Honda e audio TotallyEV award

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TotallyEV’s verdict on the Honda e’s audio system

While the Honda e Advance might not have the best mid-range qualities nor an expansive soundstage, it’s otherwise a fun-sounding system. Given the added premium of the vehicle’s trim, we feel it’s worth your while for its sound system alone.

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The added subwoofer adds low-end grunt, while the centre speaker makes for a more encompassing sound signature. As a result, the Honda e Advance’s audio system receives TotallyEV’s Value award.

What do you make of the Honda e’s audio system? Let us know in the comments or via social media; we’re on: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Christopher Minasians
Christopher is an avid car enthusiast and techie. In his spare time, he reviews the latest consumer electronic products on his YouTube channel, TotallydubbedHD. Elsewhere, he practices Taekwondo, in which he has held a black belt for several years and coaches at a national level. He also speaks fluent English, French, Armenian, and loves to practice freestyle street dance.
honda-e-audio-review-advance-sound-systemThe Honda e Advance features an eight-speaker setup that will excite most consumers' ears with its fun sound signature. While its mids are a touch recessed and soundstage a little closed, the overall experience is joyous. Despite the added premium, the audio system receives TotallyEV's Value award.


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