Renault Zoe information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the electric hatchback. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Zoe electric car. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Zoe is an all-electric alternative to the Clio. It’s powered by an 88bhp motor, driving the front wheels, with its batteries mounted under the floor. For more information on the Renault Zoe, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
Renault has invested an awful lot of cash in the Zoe, so it’s very keen for it to succeed. Because the battery pack is expensive, and has a limited life, if you buy the car you’re given the option to lease the battery separately from Renault. That does muddy the waters somewhat in terms of second-hand values. It takes around eight hours to charge the Zoe through a wallbox charger, or half an hour to get it to 80% from a rapidcharger. Range-wise, you’re looking at 60 miles in the depths of winter, when the batteries are hamstrung by the cold, and 90 miles or more in more clement weather. Thanks to its low centre of gravity (courtesy of stowing the batteries in the floor) and fourth-gen Clio platform, it rides and handles nicely. One niggle is the grabby brake pedal, which can feel odd as it combines motor deceleration and the regular brakes. It’s as compromised a package as most pure EVs, but as an urban-only second car it could be worth a look for brave buyers.
The one we’d buy
Take the battery lease option
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Owning the battery yourself, it’ll need replacing eventually
Rivals to consider
BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Yaris Hybrid, VW e-Up
It’s a perfectly decent electric car
With all the usual drawbacks associated with running an electric car