The Renault Zoe sets out to solve two of the most common complaints about electric cars: a high price and paltry range.
This five-door, Fiesta-sized hatchback can comfortably do around 150 miles on a full charge (in cool to mild weather), costs less to buy than most rivals and comes with plenty of standard equipment, including a wall-mounted 7kW charger installed at your home.
The catch is that, with the cheapest versions of the Zoe, you don't actually own the battery – you have to lease it separately. The monthly fee varies depending on your annual mileage.
You can buy the car and the battery together by going for an 'i' version, but this pushes up the price significantly and makes the Zoe harder to justify. It also means that any issues with the battery after the five-year/60,000-mile warranty period will be your problem.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you could possibly want to know about the Zoe. We'll tell you which other rivals are also worth considering and which trims make the most sense.