The Honda N-One is a spacious and style-conscious hatchback with its own one-make race series in Japan.
Honda's usual excellence engineering ensures the N-One feels like a bigger car to drive, especially at higher speeds.
The Honda N-One is the brand’s small hatch that sits under the Honda Jazz in terms of size.
A 3.4-metre long vehicle that seats four adults in comfort, the Honda N-One is decently spacious despite being little. Occupants around 183cm tall (six foot) will find the cabin comfortable, or you could mount a pair of forward/rearward child seats fit via the ISOFIX mounting points with room to spare instead.
Honda is known for cramming technology into its cars, and its smaller stuff isn’t exempt from this rule. Technology features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB city – low speed), keyless entry and start, heated seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB charging and plenty more.
Another thing the brand is known for is ride and handling. Comparing all brands of kei-class hatchbacks that we import from Japan, the N-One arguably feels the most mature and offers the best high-speed stability of the lot.
It even has some smart and rational features too, like Honda’s rear ‘magic’ seat. The seat base can fold up, or the seat back can fold down – either side independently of each other. It means you can turn the second row into a large cargo carrying area, and even fit one guest in the back too!
The car pictured – 2017 Honda N-One Select
Our Honda N-One was built in December 2017 and is a ‘Select’ trim level.
It features factory Honda appointments that nod to the past and align to the N-One inherent classical styling, like a cool two-tone exterior colourway (light blue with a metallic dark purple roof!) and tan interior with heated suede/pleather seats.
The N-One Select model is also a higher-tier variant, meaning it also receives features like low-speed Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB – CITY), heated seats, keyless entry and start, multiple USB charging ports, a clean-air cabin ioniser and more.
Quick facts of the car pictured be found here:
- 2017 Honda N-One Select
- 660cc ‘S07A’ naturally-aspirated engine
- Automatic transmission / front-wheel drive
- Factory trim level with a two-tone exterior colourway and tan interior
- Automatic emergency braking (low speed city AEB), keyless entry and start, automatic headlights and wipers, heated seats, full LED headlights, ‘magic’ folding rear seat bench
- Japanese de-registration paperwork, auction paperwork and service history available.
Honda's factory specification nods to the old and gives this particular example verve and character above and beyond a regular small city car.