This is the car for you if… you want an all-electric super-mini car with style and flair.
The curvaceous Renault ZOE has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ appeal that’s already won it a legion of fans in the UK. Across the Channel, it’s the top-selling electric car of all time.
All diamond shapes and rounded corners on the outside, this streamlined super-mini was one of the first electric vehicles on the market. In 2017 it was given a juice boost and its battery upgraded to 55kWh. This has increased the WLTP range of the ZOE to 239 miles. And makes it seriously appealing to anyone attracted to the ZOE first time round, but worried about running out of power on longer journeys.
The Renault ZOE is a stylish car with plenty of chic detailing. There are 16-inch black shadow diamond-cut alloy wheels. Distinctive diamond-shaped rear lights. And don’t be fooled by the lack of rear door handles into thinking that the ZOE is only a three-door super-mini. These are discreetly hidden by the rear windows, to maintain the ZOE’s streamlined shape.
The ergonomic shaping continues inside the ZOE. With a flowing blue line running along the dashboard. And rounded edges on the speakers, touchscreen display and gear controls.
There’s voice-controlled tech, so you can keep your eyes on the road. Make and receive calls safely with Bluetooth. Plan your route using the on-board voice-controlled TomTom sat nav. Or use the MY Renault app to check where the charging stations are on your route. Additional luxury touches in the ZOE include heated electric door mirrors, rear parking sensors and more powerful speakers.
In super-mini size, the ZOE is a versatile city car. It starts quick and accelerates smoothly. It zips into parking spaces. And its floor-based battery pack gives it a lower centre of gravity. So it feels solid on the road, despite its petite form.
The charging point is discreetly located underneath the car’s badge at the front. Which makes it handy for when you’re recharging in unfamiliar locations; you don’t have to second-guess which side to park on. For those still concerned about range anxiety, the Zoe comes with features to increase your battery life – such as Eco mode and regenerative braking.
All in all, it’s not hard to see why the Renault ZOE has garnered so many loyal fans. And why it’s likely to win many more now, thanks to its bigger battery and longer range.
Our three favourite Renault ZOE features
- There’s no key fob to open your Renault. Instead the ZOE comes with a keycard for hands-free entry. Which also has a handy button on it to warm up the car before you get in too.
- The retro handbrake will be a big draw if you’re not a fan of the electronic ‘fingerbrake’.
- Use the MY Renault app to check up on the charge status of your battery. Or to plan your journey with charging stations handily marked up on the way.
You’ll like the Renault ZOE if you… want to look Parisienne – without moving to Paris.