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Used test: Renault Zoe vs MG ZS EV practicality

You can save around £10,000 on either of these electric cars by buying used, but which is the better choice?...

Renault Zoe boot

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Being longer, taller and wider, the MG ZS EV is the car you’d choose to sit in the back of. Even with the panoramic roof of Exclusive trim, there’s comfortable head room for six-footers. Anyone that tall in the Renault Zoe’s rear will have to cower and put up with less knee room.

The boot battle isn’t so clear cut, though, because while the ZS’s is 195mm longer, the Zoe’s is 170mm taller below the parcel shelf and usefully squarer. Both can take five carry-on suitcases, but if your Zoe doesn't have the Bose stereo option, there won’t be a subwoofer bolted to the middle of the floor, enabling you to squeeze in a sixth.

MG ZS EV boot

Should you need to carry more stuff, both cars have 60/40-split rear seats, although folding them down leaves an annoying step in the extended load bay. However, the ZS features an adjustable boot floor that sits at the same height as the folded seats when it’s in its highest setting.