Renault Zoe Review

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Renault Zoe Review

Buyers of cars must be a brave Faced with limited long recharging times, prices and uncertain resale they are the implacable souls who “Bring it on.”

Now Renault has up with a battery-powered car that appeal to more than the early-adopter pool of wealthy Its new Zoe supermini offers reasonable a variety of faster charging and – most crucially of all – a price tag won’t make your merge into your

Has the French manufacturer finally up with an electric car to tempt rational buyers? We headed to the capital Lisbon for an intriguing date with Zoe.

The Renault Zoe certainly has an arresting judging from the number of necks and double-takes our tests on the streets of Lisbon. While Zoe some components with the Clio and Mégane. all the visible are unique. They include details like blue-tinted delicate, diamond-shaped rear and a purposeful, hawk-eyed front

Inside, the cabin is bright and with big windows, pale and light upholstery. Unfortunately the top of the is a little too beige for its own good, annoyingly in the windscreen in bright Driving west towards a sun, the shiny pale also bounced searing straight into the driver’s

Zoe buyers will need to in a top-notch pair of polarising


All Renault Zoe models get doors and a deep and square boot – that’s an impressive 60 more than the Ford manages. Some luggage is immediately lost to the briefcase-sized bag a thick charging cable,

In the main cabin the rear seat is noticeably raised, headroom in the back. Anyone six foot simply isn’t to fit, while even the seats feel a little and don’t adjust up and down. The lithium-ion battery is the culprit in cases, forming a thick for the car stretching from the front to the rear axle.


The Renault Zoe is no milk float. most modern electric acceleration feels brisk, and intoxicating, while the near-silent means the driver will to keep a wary eye on the digital panel to avoid speeding

The electric motor provides (about 87bhp), yielding a 13.5 second sprint to However, seamless torque the car seem much more away from traffic Even on faster roads, the Zoe can from 40 to 60mph with ease, making overtaking safe and predictable.

Things fall apart in the however. While the supple is up for some fun, the light and steering definitely isn’t, and the Michelin Energy E-V tyres summon much cornering before wailing and sliding understeer. Upgrading to optional alloys will bring Primacy 3 rubber, but will cut the already limited range by 10 per

Braking feels a little Rather than simply the car, the pedal’s primary is to stuff as much energy as back into the battery. electronic systems decide on the between conventional hydraulic power and regenerative braking – the electric-car equivalent of engine The mix varies according to speed and how the brake has been stepped on.

The is a lifeless pedal, and a deceleration that is never dangerously but is never quite normal

Economy Environment

Few cars are as as the Zoe, with zero emissions and – according to Renault – no than 54g/km of CO2 emissions if energy used is traced all the way to its source (for the UK’s that is).

Under official test-cycle the 22kWh battery will 130 miles of range between though Renault more quotes 90 miles in mild falling to about 60 miles in The cabin heater is a highly heat-pump design rather a glorified hair dryer – air-con run in reverse – but no amount of cleverness can get around the fact batteries simply don’t the cold.

Substantial brainpower has spent on creating a “Chameleon that allows Zoe to hook up to a of power supplies when time to replenish the battery. A 3kW wallbox will take up to hours to fill a flat while the highest-rated 43kW chargers can provide an 80% charge in an hour. During our test a 22kW charger took from 43 miles to 90 miles we stopped for a three-course lunch.


There are three levels on offer – Expression, from £13,650, and Dynamique Zen or Intens, both at £14,750. prices come after a from the government’s Plug-in Car claimed on the buyer’s behalf by The maker also throws in a for free (within limits – if grounds are measured in acres be asked to make a contribution).

Orders are open now, and buyers should note a modest price rise is due 5 April 2013.

Owners also need to pay £70 per month to the battery, under a 36-month capped at 7,500 miles. mileages and shorter commitments more.

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All Zoe models arrive equipped for this size of with the base Expression including a seven-inch touchscreen, TomTom satnav, USB and Bluetooth climate control, cruise and rear privacy glass.

The two trims bring 16-inch than 15-inch steel keyless entry and startup, the to monitor and control recharging via a app, an uprated stereo, lights and wipers, the ability to apps to the car (for example a function to read out emails your phone), a leather wheel and rear parking

The Intens version gets a parking camera and darker trim (though sadly with a pale dashboard while the Zen model enjoys Teflon upholstery and an upgraded system.

Major options 16-inch alloys with eco at £400, 17-inch alloys the Dynamique cars only) at and metallic paint at £495.

also get four years of cover that includes servicing up to 48,000 miles, a warranty up to 100,000 miles, and assistance for breakdowns – including batteries.

Any worries about lifespan are mostly Renault’s, that it leases rather sells the battery. Owners can a replacement if capacity falls 75 per cent under a lifetime while the rest of the powertrain is for five years.


has a good reputation for safety and all Zoe come with an electronic system as standard, plus control and a system designed to in understeer. Crash-safety body awarded Zoe its maximum five with an overall score of 82% – the top results in the supermini segment.

The has been strongly built and inside the passenger safety well away from and rear crumple zones. It includes a failsafe system to cut the power if anything untoward According to Renault, tests fording waist-deep water and nails into the floor, other unlikely scenarios.


Renault has largely in its goal of producing an electric car might compete on level with conventional opposition. must be prepared to compromise on and give up a little agility, but are very few other drawbacks. And on the side, Zoe drivers will all the benefits of a highly refined that’s quick, quiet and easy to drive.

Key specs

tested: Renault Zoe Dynamic

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