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Renault Zoe (2013 – 2019)

Not a current model

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 an all-new model.

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Body style: Small five-door hatchback
Power: electric
Price: From £17,720 on-road*

Launched: Spring 2013
Last updated: Spring 2017
Replaced: Automn 2019

*price includes £3,500 government plug-in car grant


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

The Car Expert


Auto Express








Honest John




The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2013









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Renault Zoe has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Zoe has received


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


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


  • 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


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


  • Carbuyer Best Cars Awards – Best Electric Car
  • WhatCar? 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


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


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

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