Renault ZOE review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
With improved range and access to faster charging options, the Zoe is as practical as any other supermini on the market
As a full five-seater with a 338-litre boot, the Zoe is a wiser choice than the Volkswagen e-up! if you regularly carry passengers and luggage. In fact, the packaging is so impressive that the car’s accommodation is pretty much a match for any supermini out there.
The Zoe doesn't come as standard with a traditional three-pin home charging socket, so buyers planning occasional longer trips away from home will need to fork out for it on the options list. At least Renault will fit a home wall charger for free if you’ve got a driveway or garage.
The Zoe is based on the same platform as the Renault Clio. But while it’s the same width and wheelbase, it’s longer and over 10cm taller – a result of packaging the battery under the back seats. The slightly bulbous exterior styling means the Zoe seems huge when parked next to the Volkswagen up!, although you don’t get that same impression once you’re in the driver’s seat, and the Renault feels compact on the road.
The only slight quirk is that the seating position feels a little too high – again as a result of the need to place the seats on the top of the battery pack.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There’s a decent amount of space in the Zoe for five occupants, and the rear seats will even accommodate six-footers on a short journey. However, the upright seating position means they may not be terribly comfortable for long. The driver’s seat is not adjustable for height (because of the position of the batteries), and although the steering wheel moves for reach and rake, some drivers have reported that it’s difficult to find the ideal seating position.
You'll have to specify i Iconic trim to benefit from a split-folding rear bench, while the location of the batteries beneath the rear seats means you don’t get a flat load area. Even so, at 338 litres, the boot is a good size and this expands to 1,225 litres with the rear seats folded.
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 technologyThere are plenty of gadgets and gizmos, but some systems are fiddly and quality could be improved
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingWith 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