New MG ZS EV vs new Renault Zoe

Renault has upgraded the Zoe with a super range, while MG is undercutting every comparable electric car. Who has the brighter idea?...

MG ZS EV interior

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

Neither driving position is ideal. In the Zoe, you almost feel perched on top of the car, and there’s no  seat height adjustment to mitigate this. At least the steering wheel has a good range of height and reach adjustment; the ZS’s moves only up and down, so you’re likely to find yourself too close to or too far from the pedals. 

There’s little in it for visibility; both get a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors, while the Zoe also has front sensors. Seeing where you’re going at night is a lot easier in the Zoe, though, thanks to powerful LED headlights. The ZS’s halogen bulbs are frankly terrible; you’d almost be better off hanging a storm lantern on the front grille.

Renault Zoe interior

The original Zoe was about as upmarket inside as an oven, but this model is much plusher, with softer, pricier-feeling materials throughout and a recycled fabric face on the dashboard. The ZS isn’t far behind, though, and Exclusive trim gets you artificial leather seats, compared with part-faux-leather upholstery in the Zoe.