Hatchback cars have always held a place for themselves due to their practicality and affordability. They present the perfect balance of seamlessly commuting with passengers and maximising storage space with folding seats. Also, in some cases, the lower weight of the Hatchback cars than their sedan counterparts may offer better fuel economy in the long term. So, this article will present a guide on choosing fuel-efficient premium hatchbacks.
The focus will be on Honda hatches, as this Japanese brand is known for its reliability, quality, affordability, and range of choices. There are, of course, different trims for each model, allowing you to choose a package that fits your needs and budget.
The Civic Hatch Sport
Ask any car enthusiast which is one of the top contenders for the king among the hatches, and they’ll tell you it’s the Civic Type R. Now, of course, that won’t be your first choice for fuel economy (unless if you’re looking for something to take to the track occasionally), but the new Civic hatch offers comfort and a sporty driving experience in an affordable package.
The 2022 model sports a new chassis design and an improved interior with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support in the infotainment system.
The engine, while unchanged, is still the reliable yet zippy turbocharged 1.5-litre VTEC, which offers enough power when you step on it and fuel economy figures that don’t make you think twice about taking the car out. According to Honda, the Civic Hatch Sport (which is the regular Civic hatch) uses 6.3 litres per 100kms. Of course, the numbers will vary the way you drive it, but those are solid numbers, to begin with.
In Australia and New Zealand, this hatch starts at $47,000. Further upgrades or higher trim levels will cost more.
The Honda Jazz
If you’re looking for something a little more economical, the Honda Jazz may be a better fit (pun not intended). The Honda Jazz in three different variations if you choose to buy it new:
- The Jazz Life
- The Jazz Crosstar
- The Jazz e:HEV Luxe
The Jazz Life is the most affordable, while the e:HEV Luxe is the most expensive among the three. Both the Life and the Crosstar share the same engine. The major difference is that the Crosstar is not a hatch—it’s a crossover, so we’ll leave it out of this discussion.
The engine in the Jazz Life is a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. It’s a naturally aspirated engine, so the absence of the turbocharger means that it doesn’t have as much power as the Civic Hatch Sport. However, what that does mean is that it offers better fuel economy than the Civic. The Jazz Life offers a fuel economy of 5.8 litres/100kms. It also includes an ECON mode, which has a programme that can help improve the fuel economy.
If you want a hatch that offers superior fuel economy, then the Jazz e:HEV Luxe is the way to go. This vehicle doesn’t have a typical petrol engine. It has an e:HEV 1.5-litre, Two Motor Hybrid engine. In simple terms, it uses an electric motor.
The e:HEV technology uses the engine to generate electricity for the motors. Therefore, you can get smooth power output and outstanding fuel economy. This variant offers a fuel economy of 2.8 litres/100kms, and it also has an ECON mode. So, while it is slightly more expensive, the savings on fuel economy make it a bargain worth considering.
Last Few Words
With all cars, it’s important to remember that how you drive them makes a significant impact on the fuel economy. Shifting gears at low RPM ranges and being gentle on the throttle pedal will help you squeeze more kilometres in a litre of petrol.