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Renault Zoe

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Summary


The Renault Zoe is a small supermini-class five-door hatchback. Unlike other cars of similar size, the Zoe is only available as an electric vehicle. The current model was launched in late 2019, and is a major update on the pioneering original Zoe rather than an all-new model.

Although similar in design to the original model, the latest Zoe represents a sizeable evolution in abilities and goes a long way to addressing some of the critical shortcomings of electric vehicles – the most important of which is battery range.

Like the first-generation Zoe, the new model has received considerable praise from the UK motoring media for matching the convenience of a petrol car for city driving, while also providing the smooth and powerful drive of an electric car. However, the latest Zoe now has some serious rivals that were not around when the original was launched – namely the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, as well as alternative choices like the Kia Soul or Mini Electric.

In December 2021, independent safety test body Euro NCAP issued the Renault Zoe with a worst-possible score of zero stars. It summarised the result by saying that the Zoe “… offers poor protection in crashes overall, poor vulnerable road user protection and lacks meaningful crash avoidance technology, disqualifying it for any stars.”

As of December 2021, the Renault Zoe has an Expert Rating of 62% from 28 UK reviews on our unique Expert Rating index. This score dropped nine points in the last week as a result of the Zoe’s abysmal zero-star Euro NCAP test results, and is likely to keep falling as more websites downgrade their scores. Keep checking back for the latest updates.

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatchback
Power: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £26,995 on-road*
*includes £3,000 plug-in car grant

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 0 stars
Date tested: December 2021

43%

ADULT OCCUPANT

52%

CHILD OCCUPANT

41%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

14%

SAFETY ASSIST

Notes on safety rating

In December 2021, Euro NCAP assessed the Renault Zoe and awarded it the lowest-possible score of zero stars – only the third car in Euro NCAP’s history to ever receive such a poor score.

The safety organisation slammed the Zoe, stating: “The Renault Zoe offers poor protection in crashes overall, poor vulnerable road user protection and lacks meaningful crash avoidance technology, disqualifying it for any stars.”

Matthew Avery, the chief research strategy office at UK’s Thatcham Research, said: “It is a serious concern to see results like this in 2021, especially from a carmaker who has previously performed well in Euro NCAP testing. The adult occupant score of 43% for the Renault Zoe is the lowest we have seen in 11 years.

“Drivers should not have to trade off safety for zero emissions. Motorists can still save the planet and enjoy a car that could play a vital role in saving their family in the event of a crash. There are many other options of a similar price and size that have achieved solid ratings and feature a host of active safety systems as standard too.”

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: R110 ZE50
Date tested: November 2020

10 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

10 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Zoe has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Affordable Electric Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for New Drivers
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Electric Car

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • Top Gear Electric Awards – Best Supermini
  • Top Gear Awards – Best City Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Green Fleet Car

2019

  • DrivingElectric Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Electric Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Best City Car

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If you’re looking at the Renault Zoe, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW i3 | Fiat 500 Electric | Honda e | Kia Soul EV | Mini Electric | Peugeot e-208 | SEAT Mii Electric | Smart EQ Forfour | Toyota Yaris Hybrid | Vauxhall Corsa-e | Volkswagen e-Up

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