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....

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Our Verdict

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.

 Read our review of the all-new Renault Zoe R90 ZE40 Dynamique Nav

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Renault Zoe

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

Read the full used Renault Zoe review 


2nd – Toyota Yaris Hybrid 1.5 VVT-i Excel Nav 

New Toyota Yaris Hybrid vs Renault Zoe

For No range anxiety; standard AEB

Against Noisy engine; much smaller boot; so-so fuel economy on faster roads

3 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Toyota Yaris Hybrid review


Specifications: Renault Zoe R90 ZE40 Dynamique Nav 

Power 87bhp

Torque 162lb ft

0-60mph 12.9sec

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

Power 98bhp

Torque 125lb ft

0-60mph 12.7sec

Top speed 103mph

Fuel economy 85.6mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 75g/km


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