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New Toyota Yaris Hybrid vs Renault Zoe

Small hatchbacks with electrified powertrains are cheap to run and produce little pollution – ideal if you mostly drive in town. But should you go for a Toyota Yaris Hybrid or a fully electric Renault Zoe?

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Renault Zoe

The Zoe has a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav. The menus are easy enough to get your head around, but the screen isn’t that quick to respond – especially when you’re programming a destination. It’s also a shame that you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring. However, there is a Renault smartphone app that allows you to remotely monitor how much charge is in your car’s battery and precondition the interior temperature.


Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota’s Touch 2 system isn’t particularly slick. The menus on the Yaris’s 7.0in touchscreen are unnecessarily complicated and the graphics aren’t as sharp as the Zoe’s. However, on this Nav version you do get (yep, you guessed it) sat-nav, and the physical shortcut buttons that flank the screen make it easier to hop between functions. Disappointingly, the Yaris also doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

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