The all-electic Renault Zoe is a supermini designed for city dwelling

The all-electic Renault Zoe is a supermini designed for urban living

The new Renault Zoe is mild, ethereal and fantastic for zooming around in the metropolis

Text by Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Car-Trader

The Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf ended up the to start with two mass-market, (fairly) low cost electric automobiles. Both equally are now on their next versions, which would seem mad when you take into account that most folks are only just setting up to get their heads all-around probably purchasing an electric powered vehicle. We look at the overall price tag of owning a Zoe below, from getting it, to charging it.


The Authorities is still featuring £3,500 off the value of your electric car, plus some motor vehicle makers will also fork out for the price of your domestic wallbox, which or else operates out at about £500-£750. Renault is offering a no cost BP Chargemaster wallbox with the Zoe.

On a monthly PCP (individual contract program) deal, the Zoe will work out at about £270 a thirty day period, dependent on a £3,000 consumer deposit and £3,108 Renault contribution.

On prime of that, you are going to be paying much much less to recharge your automobile with energy than you would to refuel with petrol or diesel. Handy trace: get oneself on an electric-motor vehicle tariff with your power service provider. I’m on a British Gasoline electric powered-vehicle tariff which usually means that in the working day I spend 19p for every kWh of energy whilst from midnight until finally 5am I pay back 4p per kWh. I established the charging timer on the vehicle to charge only amongst midnight and 5am, then plug it in and go to mattress. The Zoe has a 52kWh battery, so it expenditures me 52 x 4p, which is £20.80, for a total cost, or about 200 miles of variety.

Servicing and don-and-tear costs are all lessen as there simply are not so a lot of relocating parts in an electric car.


Although fashion is subjective, it seems a disgrace that Renault hasn’t followed its rivals in streamlining the style and design of their electric motor vehicle next time spherical, as a substitute sticking with the odd and vaguely comical egg form, which can make occupants really feel faintly absurd, except if you like the Small Tikes vibe all around city.

Within, on the other hand, it is gentle and ethereal, with heaps of recycled and sustainable elements. In reality, there is 22.5kg of recycled artificial supplies. Apart from the foundation Perform trim amount, just about every Zoe receives a 100 for each cent recycled darkish material upholstery on the seats, with pale gray trim on the doors.



This is exactly where the Zoe excels, and pulls away from the Nissan Leaf. Whilst the base Perform trim amount gets a 7in touchscreen in the centre, the leading GT Line spec receives a huge, swipe-capable pill, with distinctive colours and graphics that challenge the recognized sector way of accomplishing points: the DAB radio stations scroll vertically with every single station enlarging as your finger methods the screen. The satnav will take up 50 percent the dwelling screen but can fill the entire monitor, and Bluetooth audio presents you the opportunity to scroll amongst smartphone-related tunes, which many do.

Most intelligent of all, is the audible warning sound for pedestrians down below 18mph. It is an eery type of whistling and whirring that seems futuristic and amazing, and assists saves lives.

The Zoe continues with Renault’s insistence on acquiring the volume buttons on a block guiding the steering wheel, which by no means feels intuitive. There are blind-place warning and lane-departure warning units on the substantial trim degree, even though the base trim stage gives weather management, air-con and smartphone connectivity.

Comfort and ease

The Zoe is, naturally, silent apart from the tyre noise at higher speeds and artificial warning sounds at reduced speeds. It feels gentle and vibrant with a remarkably deep boot for purchasing/canine and the charging leads (although you must just take those out when not in use as they are significant and will take in much more energy). The seats are supportive and there’s a lot of storage place in the doorways as perfectly as two cup holders between the front seats. Thanks to the odd high-using bubble condition of the motor vehicle, there is also loads of head place for 4 adults.


There are two batteries on give, like two engines – the R110 and R135. We tested the R135 with 134 horsepower – -62mph in 9.2 seconds. The Zoe feels nippy when it pulls away at junctions for the reason that all electrical autos speed up speedily from a standstill, but run out of puff as you speed up. If you nudge the good minimal gear selector from D to B, the car is meant to slow significantly when you carry off the throttle pedal, storing the electrical power in the battery that would be squandered by braking. In practise, having said that, it is not potent adequate so you continue to require to apply the brake – Nissan’s 1-pedal purpose in the Leaf is significantly more powerful. The Zoe also does not experience as sharp to generate as the Leaf does, with woolier steering and boring dealing with. But it’s really hard to argue with the maths on the ownership: 200 miles for £20, a totally free wallbox for dwelling charging and £269 a month for possession. Additionally you’re undertaking your very little bit for the planet.