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Renault Zoe review

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Renault Zoe
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16 Dec 2016 23:00 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:27

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Choose a Zoe as your company car and your tax bills will be cheaper than most petrol or diesel alternatives. However, you need to make sure you can live with the limited range – it's actually very good by electric car standards but it might still cause you the occasional headache.

Renault actually provides two ranges: 174 miles in the summer and 112 miles in the winter for the Q90. For the more powerful R110, those numbers rise to 186 miles and 124 miles respectively. However, in our relatively cold weather tests (3-5deg C), even the Q90 still managed an impressive 131 miles on a full charge. However, as with all electric cars, the Zoe's range does drop dramatically at faster motorway speeds.

Charging the Zoe from empty takes seven to eight hours from empty if you plug it into your 7kW charger at home (Renault will install one free of charge), or 2hr 40min from a 22kW charging point. The Q90 even has a special quick charge feature that allows the battery to be topped up to 80% from empty in just 65 minutes from a high-powered 43kW charging point. The more powerful R110 can't accept such a high rate of charge; the same 0-80% battery top-up takes 1hr 40min.

You can buy the whole car outright (called the Zoe i), but we'd recommend you lease the battery separately. This requires a considerably lower upfront cost and also means Renault is responsible for the condition of the battery; you'll get a new one free of charge if the range drops below 75% of what it was when the car was new – regardless of how old the car is. This only applies for the first five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) if you buy the car and battery together.

Most other parts of the Zoe are covered by a three-year warranty, which is unlimited during the first 24 months but restricted to 100,000 miles in the final year.

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Verdict

Lease the battery and the Renault Zoe is one of the most recommendable electric cars, with low running costs and a surprisingly long range

  • Very low running bills
  • Quiet and easy to drive
  • Longer range than most electric cars
  • So-so performance
  • Inconsistent brake feel makes it difficult to stop smoothly
  • Interior isn't exactly plush
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