Renault Zoe (2013) Review

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Renault Zoe (2013) At A Glance

Sensibly priced compact four-seater electric car. Cute and funky styling. Punchy and smooth to drive around town

Has not been 100% reliable.

Insurance Groups are between 14–16

The Renault Zoe followed on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Indeed 60 patents have been filed during the development of the Zoe, with innovations to improve range and comfort. 

The original Zoe's electric motor produces 89PS and 219Nm, with a maximum range of 130 miles between charges. Most people won’t manage quite such a distance before needing to plug in with a realistic range of 90 miles in good conditions.

From 2020, the official range of the Zoe increased to 247 miles thanks to a new 52kWh battery, while Renault estimated a real-world range of 234 miles in the summer.

Energy saving technology includes regenerative braking and a heater system that has no effect on the vehicle's range. Michelin Energy Saver EV tyres designed specifically for electric vehicles reduce rolling resistance and withstand the immediate torque delivery unique to electric motors

A new charger, called Chameleon, reduces battery damage and can, dependant on the power output it's connected to, charge the car in just an hour. However you can't charge the Zoe from a standard household three-pin socket, so you really need a wallbox, although these are currently free to have installed.

On the plus side, neat technology fitted to the Zoe includes a 'voice' system that allows the otherwise silent car to be heard by pedestrians and R-Link, which allows drivers to access data and operate certain functions remotely from their phone. For example, charging can be turned on and off remotely. 

If you like the idea of an electric vehicle and it fits in with your lifestyle - you live in a house with an available area for charging, your commute isn't that long, and you have a petrol or diesel car at your disposal for longer trips at the weekend - then the Zoe is pretty much the best game in town at the moment. It's a stylish, chic and well detailed supermini, that drives very nicely between charges. 

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ASK HJ

With EVs, is age or mileage more important on a used model?
I'm looking at a used electric vehicle. I would spend up to £9000, which bring five year old cars into range e.g. Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf. Can you advise whether the battery status is related to the number of times it has been charged or the age of the battery? Should I buy an older vehicle with less miles or a newer vehicle with more? And would you advise a leased battery or owned? I think the £90 per month for the Zoe seems a little steep. Many thanks.
It's more to do with how many times it's been recharged than the age. You'd be better looking for an older, low-mileage example. And yes, battery rental can be expensive, particularly if you don't cover many miles to offset the cost. An owned one would be a better option.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I buy an electric car if I don't have a home charger?
I'm looking to sell on my current car soon and that leaves me in a strange situation. I want a practical, comfortable and interesting car, but I'm also not wanting to destroy the planet and want cheaper bills. At the moment, I spend £120-£150 a month just travelling to work. My commute daily is 23 miles each way, about two-thirds of this is on A roads or dual carriageways. I want to invest in getting an EV. With trade-in value and some cash, I have about £10,000 tops and I'm not wanting to go into finance deals. I also don't have a driveway to charge an EV. What would you suggest?
I would not advise buying an EV if you do not have a place to charge it at home or at work. Your budget will get you a Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe, but this will be the older models and (based on owner feedback) the real world range appears to be in the region of 90 miles. Given your long commute, I would recommend choosing a diesel. I know this isn't very interesting, but your budget will get you a crossover like the Honda HR-V. It's comfortable, practical and has a strong reputation for reliability: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Honda/HR-V/?l=0&p2=10000
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best electric city car?
What's the best small electric car for driving around town?
We'd recommend the new Skoda Citigo-e iV or SEAT Mii Electric. They represent very good value for money. Also consider the Renault Zoe or Peugeot e-208.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best electric car for older drivers?
What's the best electric/hybrid vehicle for the elderly (easy accessibility, good vision, easy charging etc).
Electric cars make a lot of sense for elderly drivers. They're easy to drive, great for short journeys and often have good visibility. We'd recommend a Renault Zoe or Peugeot e-208
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Renault Zoe (2013) cost?

Contract hire from £205.51 per month
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