Used test: Renault Zoe vs Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you're dipping your toes in the future should you go for the fully electric Renault Zoe or the Toyota Yaris Hybrid? More than that, which one makes more sense bought used? We have the answer....
While there’s no doubt that the interest in and sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles are on the up, it also holds true that until the charging infrastructure improves and advances in battery technology afford longer driving ranges, electric car ownership will always demand compromises. However, unless you’re forever tearing up and down the motorway – unlikely if you’re considering a small car anyway – there’s a good chance that a used Zoe will fit neatly into your life.
Yes, the Yaris Hybrid will deal far more easily with trips to see family at the other end of the country, but in most other respects it’s outclassed. The Zoe’s smoother, quieter powertrain, bigger boot, better infotainment system and lower ownership costs – despite its slightly higher initial price at this age – make it the much better all-rounder.
For Much quieter; cheaper to buy and run; better infotainment system
Against You’ll need another car for family holidays; cheap-feeling interior; no AEB
5 out of 5 stars
For No range anxiety; standard AEB
Against Noisy engine; much smaller boot; so-so fuel economy on faster roads
3 out of 5 stars
Specifications: Renault Zoe R90 ZE40 Dynamique Nav
Torque 162lb ft
Top speed 84mph
Claimed range 174 miles
CO2 emissions 0g/km
Specifications: Toyota Yaris Hybrid 1.5 VVT-i Excel Nav
Engine size 1.5-litre petrol
Torque 125lb ft
Top speed 103mph
Fuel economy 85.6mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 75g/km
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