Renault ZOE - Best electric cars
Renault has gone for electric cars in a big way and the stylish ZOE supermini suggests it could be on to something
Some car makers have dipped a toe in the water of mass marketing electric cars, but Renault has jumped in with both feet. The ZOE offers a zero emissions powertrain, well equipped interior and acceptable performance, all for a much more reasonable price than we've so far seen from electric cars.
It currently has no obvious rivals, but costs a similar amount to a diesel Clio. It's so like a normal car to drive that only the limitations of its range make it less practical than an ordinary supermini. Speaking of range, Renault quote figures of 250 miles on the NEDC cycle. Impressive by most electric car standards, but that is going to drop significantly if you drive anywhere that's faster than city streets.
The ZOE R110 has an electric motor that develops 106bhp, but more important is the 225Nm of torque it develops as soon as the motor turns, giving very sprightly acceleration. However, push on and you’ll soon notice the ZOE run out of puff, as it struggles at higher speeds and on steep inclines.
Just like in the VW e-up!, the ZOE’s conventional gear selector and handbrake mean the initial driving experience is refreshingly normal.
You simply power up, select drive and accelerate away. On the move, the ZOE’s steering feels more artificial than the e-up!’s and with 290kg of batteries to lug around, it’s a little inert compared with the VW (which is 254kg lighter). Body control isn’t bad, with the batteries mounted beneath the floorpan, but the Renault seems nose-heavy.
Best electric cars to buy 2019
- 1. Tesla Model 3
- 2. Kia e-Niro
- 3. Jaguar I-Pace
- 4. Hyundai Kona Electric
- 5. Tesla Model S
- 6. Nissan Leaf
- 7. Mercedes EQC
- 8. Audi e-tron
- 9. BMW i3
- 10. Renault ZOE
- 1IntroductionThere are more electric cars than ever to choose from so we've picked the top 10 best electric cars you can buy in the UK now
- 21. Tesla Model 3We've waited a long time for the Tesla Model 3 and find it's in a class of its own
- 32. Kia e-NiroKia’s electric SUV offers a big electric range at an affordable price point
- 43. Jaguar I-PaceGame-changing SUV puts Jaguar at the front of the premium EV pack
- 54. Hyundai Kona ElectricElectric version of Hyundai's family hatch is just as convincing as a Leaf
- 65. Tesla Model S Who says electric cars can't be fast or luxurious? Tesla's Model S does both while incorporating groundbreaking design
- 76. Nissan Leaf The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-produced EV to go on sale in the UK, and the Mk2 has moved things even further forward
- 87. Mercedes EQCThe Mercedes EQC doesn’t have the premium electric SUV segment to itself, but it’s a worthy contender
- 98. Audi e-tron Audi has joined the luxury electric SUV fray with the e-tron, it’s flagship plug-in vehicle.
- 109. BMW i3 BMW's i3 electric car delivers premium quality, tiny running costs and surprising pace
- 1110. Renault ZOE - currently readingRenault has gone for electric cars in a big way and the stylish ZOE supermini suggests it could be on to something