Renault Zoe review


What is?

Small electric vehicles have become quite important. Until recently, Renault had the market for these cars to itself, but with the cute Honda e, Mini Electric and Fiat 500 alongside the more prosaic Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, life has gotten a little more complex for what has traditionally been the best-selling electric car in Europe.

The new Zoe arrived in 2019 and did not completely rewrite the formula of the first. It looks a lot like the original, largely because underneath it’s still the same car, the one that launched in 2012 and has since been upgraded with more efficient motors and bigger batteries.

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Its exterior was slightly modified, but the interior of the Zoe mk2 was all new, with a large portrait touchscreen and softer-touch premium materials instead of the brittle plastics of the old car. Meanwhile, new driver-assist technologies such as lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring have been designed to make this four-meter-long city car feel less uncomfortable in the roads.

What’s the matter Power?

The Zoe mk2’s larger battery and optional more powerful ‘R135’ engine should have the same effect of maturing up an already decent EV proposition. The first, a 52kWh pack that replaces the old car’s 41kWh battery, offers up to a third more range, for a claimed 245 miles between charges (that’s more, much more in some cases, than several of its rivals). .

The latter increases the base power from 109 hp to 134 hp (same as Honda and Peugeot/Vauxhall) and reduces the time from 0 to 100 km/h to less than 10 seconds, or more precisely in real driving, it reduces the time you need the Zoe to accelerate from 50 to 100 km/h. 75 mph in over two seconds.

Charging is faster, too, now that the Zoe supports DC charging up to 50kW via a CCS port hidden behind the Renault badge. Standard fit on all but the entry-level Zoe (but why isn’t it standard across the board, Renault?), that means half an hour on such a charger is enough to add 90 miles of range. A normal 22kW road charger takes an hour to add 78 miles.

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Anything else to keep in mind?

Now you can have your Zoe as a utility vehicle, thanks to the Zoe Van E-Tech Electric (it rolls on your tongue, huh). There is no Renault Sport version, and there never will be again now that Alpine has usurped that particular brand.

Instead, there will be an Alpine version of the new Renault 5 EV, the logic of which would suggest that it will replace the Zoe. Certainly, it’s hard to see the Zoe living well alongside the retro-tastic 5 in a showroom, no matter how it looks and feels since it was revamped in 2019. Though Renault may have a plan that will give them both a USP. After all, small electric vehicles have become quite important.

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Our choice of the range.

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100KW Iconic R135 50KWh Fast Charge 5dr Auto

What’s the verdict?

Renault fixes the parts that needed fixing and leaves the parts that didn’t. a big step forward

The Renault Zoe is currently the best-selling electric car in Europe. It is very popular, and for good reason. Renault says its customers didn’t want a massive overhaul, but the company is focusing on core issues to keep costs down.

That’s how we ended up with an interior that outperforms the old car, more driver assistance systems, a more powerful engine, and even more range for not more money. As far as heavy facelifts go, this one is a good one.

It’s up to you whether that’s enough to set it apart from flashier newer rivals, style-focused options like the Honda e and Mini Electric or more direct rivals like the Peugeot e-208. Even Renault itself has a rival (or perhaps a replacement) on the horizon in the form of its retro regen 5. Whatever Zoe’s future holds, her place in the electric hall of fame is already assured. Consumer electric vehicles are no longer reliable.

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