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For Funky looks, practical cabin, generous equipment list and cheap to purchase by electric car standards if you lease the battery

Against Brakes are tricky to use smoothly, ride is a bit firm at times, no height adjustment to driver’s seat

Renault Zoe Hatchback
44 5stars

The best electric car out there at the moment; a great supermini with an electric motor, rather than a car that is defined by its zero-emissions mantra. Still asks price and practicality compromises that a conventional diesel hatchback doesn’t suffer.

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The full Renault Zoe review


There are 3 Renault Zoe versions available

Hatchback Expression 5dr £18,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback Dynamique Intens 5dr £20,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback Dynamique Zen 5dr £20,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Zoe is about the most affordable real-world electric car you can buy. The down side to the cheap purchase price is that you must pay a monthly fee to lease the battery, though this does mean that Renault will fix or replace the batteries if anything goes wrong.

There is also the option to buy the batteries outright, though, and even with this, the Zoe remains competitively priced against rivals like the bigger Nissan Leaf.

The Zoe can achieve 130 miles on one charge, but 90 miles is more realistic, and cold weather can reduce that further.

Renault includes a wall-mounted fast charger at home and four years' roadside cover that will get you towed to your destination or to the nearest charging point.

All Zoe models are very well equipped, but we'd stick with the entry-level Expression. It includes 15-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a touch-screen infotainment and navigation system.

Reader test team says:

Renault Zoe Hatchback Expression 5dr

Spectacular. Take a test drive. Positive agile you need to try a car with no gearbox to see why it is better than manual and automatic. Quieter than…

Stephen Cooper

5 out of 5 stars
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