For Funky looks, practical cabin, generous equipment list and cheap to purchase by electric car standards
Against Comes with a monthly payment for battery leasing, brakes are tricky to use smoothly, ride is a bit firm at times
What Car? says
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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There are 3 Renault Zoe versions available
Target Price team says:
Currently, all electric cars are subject to a government-backed discount of up to £5000. It’s unclear how long this will continue for, but until it's withdrawn you won’t see any substantial further savings. In the Zoe’s case, you must also pay monthly to lease the battery.
The Zoe can achieve a 130-mile range to one charge, but 90-miles is more realistic, and cold weather can reduce that further.
To further encourage buyers to opt for the Zoe, Renault includes four-years roadside cover that will get you towed to your destination or to the nearest charging point at any time.
All Zoe models are very well equipped. If you can live without the remote climate control activation, which allows you to set the interior temperature remotely via your SmartPhone, we’d stick with the entry-level Expression. It’s cheaper and includes 15-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a touch-screen infotainment and navigation system.