Honda N-Box Slash Review: Its simple, genuine finish totally differs from its flashy appearance

Honda N-Box Slash Review: Its simple, genuine finish totally differs from its flashy appearance

The newest model in the Honda kei car N Series is the N-Box Slash.

The Slash is the fifth model of the N Series. Basically, it uses the same platform with the N-Box introduced in 2011, but its finish is totally different. The N-Box Slash was finished with consistency in all its parts. It has a firm body built from many parts coming together.

The concept car has a turbo engine with 64hp/10.6kgm. It has a CVT equipped with a torque converter. The power unit of kei cars from all companies have a maximum output of 64hp, but you can feel more power from this N-Box Slash compared to other models. Perhaps its body is firm enough for the torque to be transmitted to the tires completely. Its tires’ grip is also firm; the engine’s torque is sure to be shifted to the road surface.

The greatness of its body can also be found in its cornering. The car’s movements with its steering is very accurate. You can accurately make it move as you want. You can make the car run according to how you picture it run. While there are many cars that have mismatching movements between both the front and rear tires, the N-BOX Slash front and rear tires have unity in movement. It makes you feel like you are riding on a car with only one fat tire.

Frankly speaking, its appearance is considerably over the top with its chop-top style, its body painted in two color tones, and its instrument panel that makes it seem like an American jukebox from the 1950’s. You would not expect how amazing this car runs from its appearance. It surprises quite a bit when you try and drive it. I can say that it offers a tight run; it is outstanding among kei cars.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort:★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at age 23 after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)