Curbside Concepts: Honda Urban EV – Are Bench Seats Coming Back?

At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Honda introduced an urban electric car concept called “Urban EV”. Its view of the future includes a bench seat! Is the wheel of fashion turning back to the once ubiquitous bench? Should it?

The Urban EV is a cute little city car, reminiscent of their original N600. Honda’s CEO says “a production version of this car will be in Europe in 2019.” Will they keep the bench?


View from inside seems like a little living room with a sofa and an entertainment center.

Today’s bucket seats are generally much more comfortable and supportive than the bench seats of old. But they do separate driver from passenger(s). Do you think bench seats are in our future?