Comparing total cost of ownership of Renault Zoe EV vs Honda Jazz ICE


Drive Zero article:

The Renault Zoe is a great little electric car, with solid range and sleek design and it’s one of the few EVs you can buy in Australia! The downside however is price. Starting at $51,990 for what is a small 5 door hatch, it’s an expensive purchase. Despite the fact an EV is cheaper to…


Your comparison model is great, pretty comprehensive and shows that pricing is the key area of focus to make EVs more attractive on cost basis, ignoring any other benefits. And thus… the need for incentives in the short term if EV uptake in Australia is ever going to get seriously going.


That’s pretty much it. If we want EVs to be more than a luxury car for greenies, the prices need to come down rapidly. It’s a shame Renault didn’t introduce their battery rental scheme in Australia (which has been very popular in the UK). It would have lowered the barrier to entry significantly.


Sorry, I disagree. Firstly, if you believe you will spend just $7,238 on petrol, yes petrol, over 5 years in a Jazz, based on unicorn figures of 5.8 L of dirty fuel per 100 km, then I will show you the fairies that live at the bottom of our garden.

Servicing a Jazz for $1,100 over five years? Seriously.

You priced my electric to charge our Zoe. Did you read the article? It charges with excess solar, like many EV owners could do.

I say you would spend $4-5K a year on dirty petrol for a Jazz. $700-1,000 on servicing plus over five years more on tyres and brakes.

I don’t need a calculator for this.

But as I said, it’s not JUST about the money unless you are a boring accountant that does not care for the environment?


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Fair cop, let’s tweak the numbers with some more realistic figures. Let’s say the Jazz uses 7L/100km (my larger bodied and engined Corolla uses 6.8L/100km) and fuel costs average out to $1.80/L over the 5 years. If you drive 300km/wk over 5 years in the Jazz, that means you’d spend $9,828.00 on fuel over the 5 years.

Dunno where you pulled $1,100 from. Article clearly says $2,194 to service the Jazz. Maybe you meant the Zoe? Which I agree, is ridiculous, but that’s what Renault’s AU website says will cost to service it. I agree, they’re taking the piss. For the sake of argument, let’s say you never service the Zoe. 5 years without a brake fluid change or battery diagnostic down at the dealer. That reduces the Zoe’s service costs to $0 over 5 years.

It’d be almost impossible to fully charge the Zoe with just excess solar (surely you use the car sometimes during daylight hours?) - but again, for the sake of argument, let’s reduce the cost of electricity going into the Zoe to $0 as well.

I have a calculator and I’m not afraid to use it :slight_smile:

With the new assumptions you’ve given me, here’s what the total cost of ownership over 5 years (assuming 300km/wk) works out to:

JAZZ - $41,255.09

  • Purchase Price (driveaway, no finance) – $23,500
  • Rego (VIC, 3340) – $2,799.60
  • Insurance (comprehensive, VIC) – $2,725
  • Fuel (7L/100km, 95RON, $1.80/L) – $9,828
  • Servicing (done at Honda dealer) – $2,194
  • CO2 offset (10 tonnes of CO2) – $208.49

ZOE - $56,209.60

  • Purchase Price (driveaway, no finance) – $50,000
  • Rego (VIC, 3340) – $2,399.60
  • Insurance (comprehensive, VIC) – $3,810
  • Electricity (free) – $0
  • Servicing (free) – $0
  • Carbon offset (no carbon to offset) – $0

So even with extremley generous estimations (I’m not even including the cost of installing a home charger for the Zoe or the extra interest on a car loan due to the higher purchase price). There’s a $14,954.51 price difference between the two. That’s $3,000 a year more to own & operate the Zoe than to own & operate the filthy carbon emitting vehicle.

I 100% agree. If there was a few thousand dollars difference like $3,000 or $5,000, maybe more people would consider the green angle. But $15,000 extra? Not all of us have that luxury unfortunately.