Used Renault Zoe 2013 -

Used Renault Zoe 2013 - review

Alternatives
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Zoe hatchback?

The electric car revolution is still gaining momentum, but there are now plenty of rivals to socket to the Zoe.

The Nissan Leaf is its most obvious rival, despite it being slightly larger than the Zoe. Battery options are either a 24kWh or 30kWh pack, the smaller one offering a theoretical maximum of 124 miles, while the larger one extends to 155 miles. It’s also easy to live with and comfortable to drive and is now looking relatively good value on the used market.

One premium alternative is the Volkswagen e-Golf. VW say it has a battery range of 186 miles, but admits that’ll drop to around 125 miles in the real world. You can charge it through a three-pin plug, too, although it’ll take 13 hours for a full charge, or four via a dedicated quick charger. It’s great to drive, too, but it is pricey.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Zoe hatchback?

So is the other premium electric car, the BMW i3. This is undoubtedly very luxurious, though. It uses state-of-the-art production techniques to offset its weight and offers a range of around 124 miles. You can even choose a range-extender option that incorporates a tiny petrol engine to charge the battery pack and keep it from going flat.

The Kia Soul EV is a funky-looking car that combines an instant hit of torque from its electric motor with the ability to cruise happily on the motorway at 70mph. However, its realistic range is very short, at around 70 miles, and it’s not the most comfortable, especially on a bumpy road.

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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

  • Low running costs
  • Quiet and easy to drive
  • Longer range than most electric cars
  • So-so performance
  • Inconsistent brake feel
  • Interior isn't plush