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Renault Zoe (2013 – 2019)

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The first-generation Renault Zoe was a small supermini-class five-door hatchback. Unlike every other car in its class, the Zoe is only available as an electric vehicle. This original version was launched in the UK in early 2013, and was replaced by a new model in late 2019.

The original Zoe received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media throughout its production life. It was considered a breakthrough for affordable electric cars, being well suited for urban use and having a good range – one of the key issues for potential electric car buyers.

It will never be ideal for trying to drive from London to Edinburgh or similar, but as a second car or for purely urban driving, the Renault Zoe was considered the best electric car available right up until it was replaced by a largely new model in late 2019.

Key specifications

Body style: Small five-door hatchback
Power: electric
Price: From £17,720 on-road*
*price includes £3,500 government plug-in car grant

Launched: Spring 2013
Last update: Spring 2017
Replaced: Autumn 2019

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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Renault Zoe was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and achieved a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid.

Euro NCAP’s crash testing standards are raised almost every year, and ratings will expire when a vehicle no longer meets the latest standards for that rating. Given that this model Zoe had already ended production when the rating expired, it’s not particularly relevant compared to a car that is still on sale when its safety rating expires.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Renault Zoe was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production cycle.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Zoe has received

2021

  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Small Electric Car

2020

  • Diesel Car and Eco Car Used Car Awards – Best Used Electric Car

2019

  • FirstCar Awards – Best Green Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car under £30K
  • Diesel Car and Eco Car Used Car Awards – Best Used Electric Car

2018

  • FirstCar Awards – Best Green Car
  • Carwow Car of the Year Awards – Eco Award
  • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car under £20K
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Ultra-Low Emission Car
  • Business Car Manager Awards – Best SME Green Company Car
  • Company Car Today Awards – Electric Car of the Year
  • Diesel Car and Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Best Used Electric Car

2017

  • Carbuyer New Car Awards – Best Small Company Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Eco Car
  • Autocar Awards – Game-Changer Award
  • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car
  • Green Apple Awards – Pure Electric and Hybrid Cars Green Apple Champion
  • WhatCar? Used Car Awards – Best Used Green Car

2016

  • Carbuyer Best Cars Awards – Best Electric Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car under £20K
  • Green Apple Awards – Overall Green Apple Champion
  • Next Green Car Awards – Best Supermini
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Supermini

2015

  • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car under £20K
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best EV

2014

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Electric Car under £20K

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