Renault Renault Zoe Hatchback 100kW GT Line R135 50kWh Rapid Charge 5dr Auto

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  • P11D £34,540.00
  • 238 MPG
  • Electric
  • 0 - 62mph 9.50 seconds
  • 0 g/km
  • AUTOMATIC
Solid - Glacier white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Titanium grey £500.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Diamond black £500.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Highland grey £500.00 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Flame red £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Special Metallic - Aconite £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Special Metallic - Quartz white £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Special Metallic - Celadon blue £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Synthetic leather/fabric (recycled) - Black/Grey Standard (ex. VAT)
Winter pack - Zoe £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £500.00 (ex. VAT)
ID Metallic paint £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Tyre repair kit
16" Diamond cut alloy wheels
16" Diamond cut alloy wheels with Michelin tyres
Automatic air conditioning
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Glovebox
Height/depth adjustable steering wheel
Front cupholders x 2
Split folding rear seats
Stowage pocket in front passenger seat back
Front head restraints
Twin front cupholders
ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
3 rear head restraints
Gear shift indicator
Drivers seat with longitudinal adjustment and recline
Front charging socket
12V socket in lower dashboard
Soft armrests in door panels
PET soft touch steering wheel
Synthetic leather/fabric (recycled) upholstery
Front door bottle storage
Front door bottle storage (1.5 litres)
Electric rear windows
Front fog lights
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour bumpers
Automatic headlights
Chrome grille
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Tinted rear windows
Heated rear windscreen
Electrically operated heated and folding mirrors
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Body colour front door handles
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
Automatic high/low beam
Full LED headlamps with C-shape daytime running lights
Hot stamped grille
Driver one touch and passenger electric windows
Charging socket at front behind Renault logo
6 speakers
Steering wheel mounted controls
2 USB sockets in rear
Electric power steering
Cruise control + speed limiter
Front and rear parking sensors
Eco mode
Slow speed pedestrian warning
Blind spot warning
Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Lane departure warning system (LDW)
Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
Rear view parking camera
Over speed prevention
10" TFT Driver information display
Charging cable (Type 2)
Driving style indicator
Econometer
Range indicator
Easy link 9.3" display with navigation
Range optimizer
Cruise control switches on steering wheel
E Shifter with B mode
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Rear disc brakes
Seatbelt warning
Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
Automatic parking brake
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
Hill start assist
Child locks on rear doors
Electronic Stability Programme + Anti-slip regulation traction control + Critical Sliding Velocity understeer control
Tyre pressure monitor
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Automatic emergency braking system
2 Driver airbags
2 Passenger airbags (disconnectable)
Battery charge indicator
Chameleon charger AC 2-22kW
Type 2 mode 3 charging cable
ZE 50 battery
R135 motor (100kW)
Remote central locking
Deadlocking system
Electronic engine immobiliser
RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
Hands free Renault card
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1
Compression Ratio 1945
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 486
Gears 1
Transmission Automatic
Combined 238.00
Urban 238.00
Extra Urban 224.00
Badge Engine CC 1
Badge Power 136.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 9.19
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 9.50
Engine BHP 136.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1502
Engine Torque 245.00
Top Speed 87
Front Tyres 195/55 R16
Rear Tyres 195/55 R16
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1562
Length 4087
Wheel Base 2588
Width 1730
Fuel Tank Size
Weight 1988
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1502
Towing Weight Unbraked
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Renault's ZOE now goes further in its efforts to persuade supermini buyers of its all-electric virtues. 242 WLTP-rated miles to be exact. A fresh, more powerful 100kW R135 motor delivers stronger acceleration too, plus there's a smarter look both for the exterior and the cabin. If you've always liked the thought of an all-electric supermini but needed more convincing to buy one, Renault hopes that what's on offer here will be enough to make you think again.

Background

If you've ever hankered after an electric car, there might have been a few impediments to an impending purchase. The first wave of electric cars weren't styled very appealingly. Never a good thing. Then came a second generation of vehicles that looked more like cars but which carried price tags that read like a bad joke. Electric cars were either cheap and horrible or expensive and barely adequate. Even when we moved on a bit from that, they still couldn't offer a credible level of battery range for most potential customers. Renault though, wants to change things. The brand has already brought us the fun Twizy lightweight city car and even a Kangoo van featuring battery power. With the improved version of this ZOE supermini though, the company's got really serious about all-electric concept, notably so with the introduction of the version we're going to talk about here with its more capable 52kWh Z.E. battery and uprated R135 electric motor.

Driving Experience

The ZOE is designed for city driving, so the steering has been geared to offer a smooth effortless feel. Likewise, the throttle pedal doesn't offer too much in the way of resistance but the brake responds to a good hoofing which seems a little odd at first. Like all electric cars, the ZOE feels eerily quiet as it pulls away, with no discernible engine noise other than a faint whine. This usually means you'll hear every bump and thump from the road as a result, but Renault has done a good job on chassis refinement and ride quality is excellent. To prevent pedestrians waltzing out in front of its silent approach, the ZOE emits a sound at low speeds but you can barely hear it at all from inside the vehicle. The 'Z.E. Voice' can be switched between three different sounds or can be completely switched off if you fancy a new bonnet ornament. Handling is as good as you'd imagine for a car with such a low centre of gravity. The improved R135 synchronous electric motor with rotor coil has a power output that's way up on the orginal unit fitted to this car. This unit delivers the equivalent of 135PS and improved torque for faster acceleration. The motor packs a healthy 245Nm from zero rpm and drives through a single speed gearbox, helping the ZOE sprint from 0 to 62mph in less than 10 seconds and onto a top speed of 87mph. As an indication of its real world pace the 100kW model can accelerate from 50 to 75 mph in just 7.1 seconds, which is 2.2 seconds quicker than than the 80kW 110PS R110 engine, which is also still available. Of course, drive like this and you'll decimate the claimed 242 mile WLTP driving range figure.

Design and Build

Most people would walk past the ZOE and not take it for anything other than Renault's latest cute little car. Rather refreshingly for a car of this kind, its design inspiration is sophisticated and grown-up. With curvaceous flanks and neat one-box shape, it's quite a good-looking thing, especially in this revised form, where the car features full-LED headlamps, smarter bumpers and bigger LED tail lights. The fascia's been updated too, primarily with a new 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, which is standard across the range. The dashboard has been completely redesigned to significantly improve the quality of its finishes and on 'Iconic' models there is 100 percent recycled seat upholstery. The centre of the dashboard houses the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, which on certain models now benefits from a large 9.3-inch touchscreen. There's now an electronic parking brake too. Otherwise, things are much as before. Some of the plastics aren't going to give Audi designers anything much to think about, but being built down to a price is very much the point of this car. It's no bad thing. The view out is extremely good as you sit rather high but a lack of seat height adjustability might prove an issue for taller drivers. As with most superminis, space in the back is more mini than super but access is good thanks to the standard five-door layout, and there's more than enough room back there for the kids. One substantial plus point is the 338-litre boot which extends to 1,225-litres should you fold the one-piece rear bench.

Market and Model

There are two ZOE mechanical specs available; the old 'R110' 80kW version; or the infinitely preferrable 'R135' 100kW model, with its faster acceleration and longer operating range. The R110 is priced from around £28,995 after deduction of the £2,500 government Plug-in Car Grant. The R135 vcariant costs from around £30,995, after deduction of said grant. There are 'Play', 'Iconic' and 'GT Line' trim levels. All derivatives feature the multimedia system, R-Link, as standard which can now feature Android Auto smartphone-mirroring. To enable drivers to control the infotainment system's functions without taking their eyes off the road, R-Link features a big seven-inch display, steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition. It also delivers integrated connectivity with motoring services and applications available from the R-Link Store. Other standard ZOE features include Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, a Renault keycard and a speed limiter function. Programmable pre-conditioning heats or cools ZOE's cabin when the vehicle is charging, so when the driver gets into the car, the cabin is just the right temperature and battery charge is saved in use. As a further neat touch, this can be activated remotely via the owner's smartphone.

Cost of Ownership

The key question though, concerns driving range. This model's original 22kWh battery could only take this car 93 miles on a full charge; not good enough. The introduction of the brand's much improved 52kWh battery is important then, boosting the WLTP test cycle reading to 242 miles. That could make all the difference for potential electric car buyers. What about charging? Well, the standard type-2 cable provided with the car and its Cameleon charger are used for everyday AC charging use, such as at home with a Wallbox, at work, in the car park or on public roads using anything up to a 22kW supply. When using a 7kW Wallbox a 100kW ZOE model can charge from 0 to 100 percent in 9 hours and 25 minutes. This ensures that a complete recharge can comfortably be achieved overnight. Around 190 miles of range can be achieved in just 8 hours. Users charging their vehicle at home can also benefit from the programming options, adjusting their recharge to correspond with tariff fluctuations from their electricity supplier. Plugging the ZOE into a public 22kW roadside charger can deliver a useful 78 miles of range in only one hour. However, the fastest recharge times are achieved with the new 50kW DC charging option, which is perfect for longer trips. Replenishing the battery in this way can add around 90 miles of range in as little as half an hour. Where the ZOE scores a knockout blow is if you need to travel into congestion zones. London offers 100% exemption while Westminster council offers four hours free parking and a number of charging points. Renault still hasn't fully got round the issue that most urban drivers have to leave their cars parked on the street and so have no practical way of recharging from a home power point.

Summary

This improved Renault ZOE represents another step towards the electric vehicle becoming a genuinely practical mode of transport for the average motorist. There are still a number of caveats that will inhibit mass take-up, but most of these are due to the inherent nature of electric vehicles themselves, rather than any flaw in the ZOE in particular. On the contrary, it's a likeable little thing and might just be the most attractive electric vehicle currently on sale. If you have off-street parking and a short-ish and predictable urban commute, the numbers don't work out at all badly and there aren't many small cars that are much more relaxing to pilot through the city streets. We think the potential WLTP range increase to as much as 242 miles will make all the difference for potential buyers, but the arithmetic still works out in favour of a small petrol supermini on a pure costs basis. Until taxation legislation more completely favours Evs, that's going to be very hard to change. The gap is small though and many drivers will be willing to pay a small premium for the ZOE's smooth ride, silent acceleration and feel-good vibe. If it works for you, why not?