What used Renault Zoe hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for early cars start at around £5500, to which you’d have to add the cost of the battery lease for most of them. Prices are buoyant and have enjoyed a recent boost, due to the demand for good, cheap used electric cars.
Up the budget to £7000 and you’ll find plenty of good, clean 2016 models, while £10,000 to £12,000 is about the starting point for 2017 cars, or think around £13,000 to £15,000 for cars with the newer, larger battery pack.
Charging takes between seven and nine hours from empty if you plug into your 7kW charger at home or two hours and 40 mins from a 22kW public charging point. Alternatively, the Quick Charge version can be topped up to 80% from empty in just over an hour from a high-powered rapid charger, with the Expression model being even quicker to charge due to its smaller battery.
On post-2020 cars, the official figures suggest the Zoe is capable of between 238 and 245 miles on a full charge (it varies slightly depending on which motor and trim level you go for), even Renault acknowledges that these numbers are very optimistic and quotes its own ‘real-world’ ranges accordingly. It reckons 233 miles should be possible in the summer, falling to 150 miles in winter conditions. This sounds pretty accurate to us; in our own independent Real Range tests, which are always carried out in temperatures between 10deg and 15deg C, the Zoe managed 192 miles on a full charge.
Since the Zoe is a zero-emissions car, it's exempt from road tax costs, and because there's no oil to change, you'll find that servicing is noticeably cheaper than it is for a petrol or diesel car. However, it's still worth looking at multiple Renault dealerships, because prices can vary significantly depending upon where you are in the country. One London dealership put the cost of a 12-month/18,000-mile check-up at £132, whereas one in Yorkshire quoted the same work at just £69.
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