Renault ZOE review - Interior, design and technology
There are plenty of gadgets and gizmos, but some systems are fiddly and quality could be improved
The Zoe is distinctive thanks to its neat light clusters, and a sleek exterior with few features to disrupt the airflow and cause unwelcome drag. Notably, it also has a high shoulderline and small window area designed to cut heat build-up and loss – important for reducing the demands on the battery-sapping climate control.
Standard Glacier White paint is available on all versions, with another eight hues on the options list. Specifying one of the metallic colours will cost an extra £560.
Inside, the interior borrows heavily from the latest Clio and Captur, making use of soft-touch plastics along the dashboard, but instead of conventional dials, you get a stylish digital TFT display that shows range and speed, as well as graphics telling you whether the regenerative systems are pumping power back into the battery, or discharging it.
Renault has tried to create a modern, minimalist feel with lots of light-coloured trim. Generally, the results are pleasing, but material quality doesn’t feel up to the standard of the Volkswagen e-up!, and we suspect the pastel cabin will be hard to keep clean if you regularly carry children.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The standard set-up features a 10-inch digital display combined with a seven-inch infotainment screen using Renault’s EasyLink system, although GT Line cars receive an upgraded 9.3-inch portrait device. The graphics are sharp enough and the interface is reasonably responsive, although the menu layout isn’t that intuitive. Luckily, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are featured across the line-up.
Renault also offers its connected navigation services for i Iconic and i Gt Line cars, which includes a three-year subscription to live traffic updates, weather information and location of charging stations.
For those interested in upgrading the audio system, customers of i GT Line models are able to opt for a Bose premium stereo with a DAB radio for around £500.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Renault Zoe continues to lead the way as the go-to small, affordable electric car
- 2Engines, performance and driveIt’s quick off the mark, and now has added range – although the Zoe runs out of puff on motorways
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Zoe's increased driving range and improved residual values should inspire confidence
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThere are plenty of gadgets and gizmos, but some systems are fiddly and quality could be improved
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith improved range and access to faster charging options, the Zoe is as practical as any other supermini on the market
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Zoe's reassuring five-year warranty and excellent safety rating provide peace of mind, while customer feedback is positive, too