The Renault ZOE was among the first wave of modern electric cars. And, since its 2012 debut, it’s remained a firm favourite among critics and owners alike. There are plenty of reasons for this. For a start, it’s affordable to buy and run, and it offers a greater range than its similarly priced rivals. Available in Play, Iconic and GT Line trim levels, this stylish supermini comes well-specified as standard.
The ZOE’s 52kWh battery offers an impressive 377-kilometre range between charges. And there are several ways to top up battery capacity. You can do so at home, at work, via one of many public charging points, and at various motorway stops. Charging times take between 65 minutes (with a quick-charger) and 15 hours (with a domestic power supply).
Plenty of tech
Entry-level Dynamique grades come with lots of desirable features, including full-LED automatic headlights and daytime running lights. Meanwhile, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers react autonomously to the merest hint of precipitation. Furthermore, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes four loudspeakers and an AM/FM radio. Plug-and-play facility is provided by AUX and USB ports, while Bluetooth connectivity enables audio streaming. Last but not least, the vehicle features Apple/Android smartphone mirroring technology.
Cute and colourful
The Renault ZOE sports a chic body style, making it a desirable little city car. And at no extra cost, it’s provided with a crisp Glacier White solid paint finish. However, there are plenty of optional colours available. For instance, offering a complete contrast is a Pearl Black metallic coat, which represents a very classy choice. Meanwhile, Highland Grey and Titanium Grey (both metallic) strike a happy medium between white and black. Alternatively, Flame Red, Zircon Blue and deep-purple Aconite (all exclusive Renault metallic coats) provide eye-catching finishes indeed.