2020 Renault Zoe verdict
With a new design, more powerful motor and some all-important extra range, can the refreshed Renault Zoe climb back up the electric car ranks?...
You can buy your Zoe outright, starting from £29,170 for the R110 and £31,120 for the R135 motor in Iconic trim, but that makes it considerably heftier in price than conventionally powered rivals such as the Ford Fiesta. It does undercut the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf if you've got your heart set on an electric car. Don't forget, you can also claim a £3500 Government grant towards your new EV, regardless of spec.
A better option, though, is to pay £7000 less and lease the batteries from Renault, with maintenance costs covered. Pricing for the leasing is yet to be confirmed, but Renault expects it to be similar to the current prices, which start at £49 a month for up to 4500 miles a year and up to £110 for unlimited mileage. If you’re a low-mileage user, it'll take nearly 12 years of driving to make up the difference, so we recommend following this route. The only concern with this might come if you plan to sell the car on, as the leasing agreement needs to be transferred as well as the car.
Regardless of lease mileage, the Zoe represents great value for money, especially against the heap of small electric cars due to hit the market soon, such as the Honda E and Mini Electric. These are also likely to cost close to £30,000, but offer considerably less range. Given the big boost in performance and the improved interior, the Zoe is once again a strong contender in the electric car class.
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What Car? says...
The enhanced interior along with that all important increase in range and power seriously improve Renault’s little electric wonder.
Rated 4 out of 5
2020 Renault Zoe R135 Iconic
Price £24,120 (battery lease), £31,120 (full purchase), before Government grant Engine Electric motor Power 134bhp Torque 181lb ft Gearbox Single-speed automatic 0-62mph 9.5sec Top speed 87mph Official range 239 miles CO2 0g/km
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