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Test drive: ZOE will you want to go electric

Renault a car conceived and designed to be 100% from the start, a pretty and a built-in multimedia tablet geeks will love, she s good for the planet Renault ZOE is THE car we ve all been waiting for since the of the ZOE Preview show car. already boasted 90% of the mass-production lines. Renault ZOE not only good on paper, after our drive we re totally under its spell!

We could go on forever Renault s new supermini. But let s start its look. The interior is uncluttered, a propeller blade-shaped trim on the fluid lines, materials are soft to the touch and soothing (like this white in the LIFE and ZEN versions) that are not found in a Renault. No efforts been spared to make the on board ZOE both calm and ecological, even before on the relaxing and purifying air ionizer or the dispenser.

ZOE is a real little car”!

The R-Link multimedia which we already saw in Clio, proudly in the middle of the dashboard, but now applications dedicated to electric and blue back-lit surrounds on the control buttons, replacing the used in Clio.

But we will come back to and its functions later on, because we much more to say about

In terms of comfort, ZOE feels the same as an internal combustion The cabin is roomy, the front which are unique to ZOE (made in are unusually shaped, but identify the ZOE at first sight. The upholstery is with the famous Z.E. and pattern, and is treated with which is strong and easy to

The blue chrome finishing which are specific to Renault s range, can be found in several in the cab (dashboard, steering wheel and lever) and on the exterior of the car (logo, ZOE headlights). The boot is spacious and bigger than in New Clio, 338 liters, mainly because ZOE s is positioned under the floor of the rather than behind the seats where it would up some of the boot space, on other electric cars.

The TFT displaying the speed on the dashboard color depending on the speed of the which is a very nice If you drive too fast, the screen purple to show that ZOE is not because you re consuming too much If you drive ecologically, the screen green and is blue when driving style is neutral.

As on Clio, the rear door are concealed in the door uprights. are even marked with a of ZOE s designer, Jean Semeriva. The makes ZOE look more with the exterior appearance of a model.

We also discovered ZOE s new which we had never seen ZOE is not available in only the good old Black and Energy Blue We especially liked the opaque Blue, which creates an effect.

But there s more to ZOE just a pretty face. ZOE behaves like a real on the open road, it prefers the where the regenerative braking comes into play. an 88 hp / 65 kW motor that outputs 220 Nm it leaves all the other sedans and cars way behind when the turn green, without any polluting gases when the pushes the pedal to the floor.

ZOE a to drive, because it is so quiet and it is also a genuine concentrate of More than 60 patents filed in ZOE s design phase. The significant is the Range OptimiZEr, enables ZOE to offer the longest of any volume-production electric vehicle km in the NEDC cycle and 150 km in standardized and peri-urban driving).

ZOE is also fitted with a braking system that almost all of the energy that is when the brakes are applied. the system is working, the little on the dashboard lights up brightly to that the battery is being And the system also comes play when the accelerator is The motor recovers the vehicle s energy and converts it into current that recharges the In our test drive, we drove 40 km on power to cover a range of 32 km in ECO

ZOE is also fitted with Energy E-V tires with low resistance and a heat pump consumes between two and three less than a conventional which means that you can use the air and heating as often as you like.

ZOE sharply and smoothly, thanks to its automatic gearbox and a noise- and motor. And you will soon get to the quiet drive! It is quite when you press the “Start/Stop” and there is no noise. You will hesitate the first time.

enough, we felt at one with and the environment, and had the impression that our was more enjoyable. But we are straying off the

So let s talk about the ECO mode. We advised to use this function, is switched on using a button to the gear lever, when in towns. In this mode, the is limited to 95 km/h and the air conditioning and systems are restricted in order to ZOE s range, if necessary. There is no to press the button again to off the ECO mode.


Simply accelerate sharply, a that is very useful for example, you want to overtake car.

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So what about Every version of ZOE is equipped this tablet with a screen. R-Link features all the functionality of a conventional Carminat radio, navigation, telephone, and connections with MP3 players by or USB cables. In addition to the usual a selection of applications specific to vehicles is also available. The Z.E.

LIVE navigation permanently displays a circle the range of the vehicle. It is also to view a list of the nearest stations. R-Link s Z.E. gave us advice on how to drive plus an analysis of our driving with the “Driving eco2″ which analyses the distance and energy consumption.

In ECO mode, we an encouraging 92/100 (OK on speed, not so in terms of anticipation) by applying a few principles. In this mode, the can be increased by up to 10%. Other that we tested include which can be used to tweet parked (some of the applications are when in motion for safety and Elle Astro, which today s horoscope!

We did not test the “Text to Speech” which we will look at in a comprehensive test of R-Link.

How is ZOE Mainly on a Wall-Box (minimum 3 between 6 to 9 hours. The charging that comes with ZOE (in a bag in the can be plugged on the said Wall-Box, or charging stations (standard and charge). The recharging socket on the car is under ZOE front logo. quick-charge stations (43 kW) have own built-in cable that can be to the car and charge its battery to 80% of its capacity in 30

If you re scared you won t be able to recharge around you, relax! has partnerships all over Europe. In for instance, ZOE can be charged at Autolib in supermarkets, and at Renault dealerships. You can a list on your R-Link driving ZOE.

We had the chance to an accelerated charge during our time, where ZOE, at 22 kW, 80% of battery autonomy in 1 hour. convenient when you ve got miles to

We came to a very positive after our test drive. ZOE is a car with a strong personality and its own functionality, a point well mentioning. It is attractive, easy to at a glance and ecologically friendly, it does not emit any polluting at all.

We know that ZOE is not suited to all types of usage, but it a good comprise as a first car not as a second car, which you may read elsewhere), for your commute to work, with a family car at home for holidays and long trips. With a low tag, thanks to government it s definitely the first mass-production car that is affordable. And all we can recommend is for you to drive it and see for yourself!

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