Opel Ampera-e vs Honda Jazz

Opel Ampera-e

We’re still at a point where we compare very different electric cars because the offer is still very limited. It’s so limited that we compare four seat cars with 5 seat cars. Comparing the BMW i3 with the Nissan Leaf makes as much sense as comparing the Nissan Note with a Smart ForFour only because they have gas engines.

Electric cars will be mainstream when we start to compare them with similar gas cars, where the powertrain is the only difference.

I really like the Opel Ampera-e, even with poor aerodynamics it’s a very practical car, small from the outside, big from the inside. The Ampera-e is what a second generation Honda Jazz/Fit EV should be like. They are very similar cars.


Honda Jazz/Fit is a very practical car

Honda Jazz/Fit is a very practical car


In Germany, the Honda Jazz’s price starts at 15.990 € and tops out at 20.290 €. Considering that the Opel Ampera-e will be priced at around 35.000 €, compared to Honda Jazz’s higher trim that’s roughly a 15.000 € difference.

Of course electric cars have many advantages when compared to gas cars. They are better to drive, have lower taxes in most countries, have less maintenance costs and make the air we breathe cleaner. But what most persons want to know is how much would they save in gas.

With the help from the fuelly.com website let’s consider that the realistic gas consumption of the Honda Jazz is 6,6 L/100 km, for the Opel Ampera-e 15 kWh/100 km seems fair.

The average kWh price in Germany is 0,295 € and the gas liter (Super 95) is 1,29 €. Interestingly Germany has cheaper gas than Portugal, but electricity is a lot cheaper here. Das Auto lobby maybe?

With these figures we get:

Honda Jazz: 8,514 €/100 km

Opel Ampera-e: 4,425 €/100 km

We save 4,089 € each 100 km by using the electric car. It would take 366.838 km to reach the 15.000 € difference. It’s difficult, but not impossible since the Opel Ampera-e has a real-world range between 350 km and 400 km.

In a very optimistic scenario, let’s assume you get your electricity for free. You save exactly 8,514 € each 100 km by using the electric car. Then it would take 176.180 km to reach the 15.000 € difference.


This is why the gas prices needs to go up as much as the electric car prices need to go down.


I used Germany as an example because it’s a very big car market and where the auto lobbies have big influence in EU legislation. Unfortunately, only when electric cars are mainstream there we can expect better EU legislation. Until then we’ll have automakers cheating emissions tests without suffering the consequences.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

Gas costs alone clearly don’t make up the difference. But it should be said the Bolt won’t just be more fun, it will offer way more performance than the Jazz. And performance tends to be costly in the ICE world – and lead to worse fuel economy.

I’d be interested to see a similar comparison to something like a BMW 2-series with one of the more powerful engines – a car that gets close to Bolts 7-second sprint to 100. With a higher price for the ICE to begin with and higher fuel consumption I reckon the break-even might move below 100,000 km – in which case it is VERY likely to be exceeded in the cars lifetime.

Ralf K
5 years ago

The natural comparison would be with an Opel Meriva in Germany. Same brand, same attitude, same platform, roughly same size. Truly few Opel customers really give a *beep* at the 7 seconds figure. Acceleration figures may thrill some US Americans, over here in Germany as long as you can go at about 120 or 130 km/h on the Autobahn, everything is just fine for Joe Average.

Unfortunately, Meriva customers (15-20.000 EUR range new after rebates) will not get acquainted to a 40.000 EUR price tag, even in case 4000 EUR subsidies in Germany are taken off that list price. BTW: High-mileage customers will take the Diesel version with a consumption of roughly 4-5 liter Diesel /100km. That’s about 4.40-5.50 EUR/100 km currently. Now figure the difference to the e-Ampera cost for the electric power. 🙂

Eventually a few potential customers of e-Golf, i3, Leaf will switch to an e-Ampera due to its better range for a similar price. But that is a very small portion of the buyers, that is so BEV-focused that they exclude all PHEV and ICE cars from their buying decision.

The most important figure for e-Ampera will not be acceleration but price. Not MSRP, but true sticker price. A few years back, original Ampera in its Pioneer Edition was way too expensive for an Opel customer. An Opel Astra oder Chevy Cruze was the way to go for most of them, about 40% petrol engine, 60% diesel engine.

Terawatt, I do not believe BMW 2-series Active Tourer is a good match for e-Ampera either. It’s powerful 225xe PHEV version is not dependent on any chargers. And 218i and 216d (plus automatic transmission if wanted) will be the choice for most of the customers.

Ralf K
5 years ago

Opel e-Ampera lacks a few things IMHO:
* a brand name, where people consider 40k EUR a bargain
* a sportier look to make the acceleration figure visible
* a better name. Ampera was no success over here.

The very same car, but with a sporty appearance, better-than-average interior, Porsche/Tesla brand name, and a free (as in free beer) German supercharger network of 100 kW or more. Then 45.000 EUR would be acceptable.

GM/Opel owns the Corvette name, which now serves as a brand name as well in Germany. They should name the Opel e-Ampera a “Corvette SportsVan” or something similar.
Then it could compete with a BMW 2 series Active Tourer.