- Zero emissions
- Great to drive around town
- Generous equipmen
- Still limited in mile range
- Interior quality not the finest
- All-electric power isn’t for everyone
Superb all-electric hatchback
Renault is a brand that is committed to all-electric power, and the Zoe is the flagship offering in the French manufacturer’s range. The Zoe is a compact hatchback that’s built to be great around town, and it’s pretty successful. The Zoe is stylish, practical, and has an impressive range, especially compared to some all-electric cars. It’s also surprisingly cheap to buy, and comes generously equipped, so you’ll be getting excellent value for money, especially when you consider how cheap and practical it is to run. The Zoe really does present the future of motoring, today, and is a great option for eco-friendly buyers who don’t want to compromise on practicality.
Futuristic design, with decent space, and impressive standard spec
The Renault Zoe is a car that looks futuristic, and features some impressively modern technology, and thankfully it has an interior to match. It’s also practical, there’s plenty of space, and you’ll get plenty of kit, even with entry-level models.
The dashboard design of the Zoe is one of the most impressive in the small hatchback class. Renault have designed the dash to resemble the blade of a wind turbine, and it’s just as modern and efficient as wind technology itself. Controls are well-placed, nicely damped, and easy to use, so it won’t take you long to become accustomed to the Zoe. Material quality is however not the finest, with some cheap feeling plastics featuring throughout the cabin. All in all though, there’s very little to fault.
Space is an issue for most all-electric cars, but the Zoe is surprisingly practical. The 338 litre boot capacity is up there with the spacious Skoda Fabia, so there’s more than enough room for most small family needs. There’s also plenty of room in the back for passengers, and there’s lots of intuitive cubby holes to store everyday essentials in. Moving to all-electric power has never been so simple.
Equipment levels in the Zoe are impressive no matter which model you choose to go for. Even the entry-level Expression Nav trim comes with an excellent touchscreen infotainment system, that includes sat-nav, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll also get alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels. Dynamique Nav adds luxuries such as parking sensors and a parking camera, rear electric windows, and automatic lights and wipers, which only add to the Zoe’s practicality.
All in all the inside of the Zoe is a hugely impressive package. The cabin is stylish and spacious, whilst there’s plenty of kit, even in the most basic models. It’s not as well-built as something like a Volkswagen Polo, but it really does represent the future, today.
Good about town, but struggles at speed
Small hatchbacks are designed and built to be good to drive around town, and the Zoe is no different. The light steering makes it a doddle to drive around town, so nipping in and out of busy traffic, or squeezing into tight parking spots won’t be an issue. There is a fair amount of body roll however, due to the Zoe’s tall design, but it’s not excessive, and no worse than a lot of superminis. At speeds the Zoe doesn’t feel quite as assured, but with a 130 mile range, it’s unlikely that a lot of buyers will be spending too much time on winding country roads.
Suspension and Chassis
The Zoe is not only good to drive around town, it’s also pretty comfortable. The soft suspension setup easily irons out even the worst of pothole-ridden city centre tarmac, whilst speed bumps are also dealt with with relative ease. It really is a comfortable car to be in, though if you get it up to motorway speed, wind and road noise can become a little bit intrusive.
Whereas most cars on sale today come with either a manual, an automatic, or a semi-automatic gearbox, the Zoe offers none of these options. That’s because the electric motor delivers all of its power instantly, so there’s no need for gears. It’s a rewarding experience, and it’s hard not to be impressed by the Zoe, especially if it’s your first experience of an all-electric car.
All electric motor is hugely impressive
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Zoe, you’ve only got the one option. The all-electric unit is however one of the most impressive available. It has a good range, impressive responsiveness, and it’s the greenest car that money can buy.
Petrolheads aren’t usually attracted to small hatchbacks, and they’re even less likely to consider an all-electric model. For most buyers though, a nippy responsive engine is all that’s needed. The electric engine in the Zoe produces 88bhp, and delivers all of its power instantly, accelerating from 0-62mph in just 8.4 seconds. It will be an usual experience for most, but having all the power on tap at once makes the Zoe responsive enough to even convert speed freaks.
Eco-friendly buyers will no doubt be impressed with Renault Zoe. It’s 0g/km of CO2 emissions make the Zoe the greenest car that money can buy. It’s also road tax exempt, comes with a government grant, and if you happen to live in London, you won’t have to pay the congestion charge. That makes it a great option for those who want to save money as well. No fuel costs and a full charge cost of just £2 make the Zoe one of the cheapest cars to run day-to-day, and with a 130 mile range, it’s also pretty useable.
Electric power has always had its downfalls, especially when it comes to how far you can take an electric car on one charge. The Zoe is one of the very best however, with a long range, and a home-charging kit included as standard.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with impressive standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Renault Zoe easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 89% in adult safety, 80% in child safety, and 66% in pedestrian safety, the Zoe is one of the safest superminis that money can buy. The Zoe also comes with lots of modern safety kit as standard. Even entry-level models come with four airbags, and a host of electronic assistance technologies. The Zoe also emits an external sound so that pedestrians are aware of its presence, whilst the battery has been tested underwater, and even shot at with nails, so battery failure shouldn’t be an issue.
Great value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Renault Zoe represents excellent value for money for buyers. The Zoe is one of the cheapest all-electric cars on the market, and it’s not a great deal more expensive than a more conventional rival. It’s also incredibly cheap to run, due to road tax exemption, government grants, congestion charge exemption, and impeccably low running costs. With more and more power sockets available in big cities, it isn’t at all difficult to convert to all-electric power.
Insurance groups for the Zoe depend on which model you choose to go for. Renault does offer its own insurance package, but if you want to keep your current insurer, the cheapest model in the range is the entry-level i-Expression Nav, which is in group 14, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping luxury of the Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge, which is in group 17. It is more expensive to insure than conventional superminis, but it’s not overly costly.
Depreciation is a factor with the Zoe, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Renault Zoe is a car that signals the future of day-to-day motoring. It’s a practical, spacious, and surprisingly useable supermini. In addition, it’s stylish aesthetics, impressive safety results, and unbelievably low running costs, mean that converting to all-electric power isn’t anywhere near as hard as you might imagine.
Buying a used Renault Zoe online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Renault Zoe for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Zoe. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Renault Zoe online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Renault? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Renault Zoe, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Zoe, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Renault to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.