The Zoe’s interior doesn’t look too different from that of the Renault Clio, but a little more high-tech as befits its electric car status.
The Zoe’s interior will be instantly familiar to any Clio driver. Its broad dashboard, shiny plastic centre console and funky heating controls have all been carried over almost completely unchanged.
A bright digital display replaces the Clio’s old-fashioned instruments and lends the Zoe a more upmarket appearance than its fuel-burning sibling. Its customisable display emits a bright green glow when you hit the Eco button that can prove slightly blinding at night, however.
Material quality is a little disappointing, though. The dashboard and door trims feel particularly scratchy and models fitted with pale-coloured interior parts look clinical and cold. Glossy plastic trim on the centre console and a leather steering wheel are welcome additions.
Looks great yet feels a bit cheap
Renault’s R-Link infotainment system takes pride of place in the Zoe’s dash. Its seven-inch touchscreen display is bright and sharp and its menus are easy to flick through on the move. All models come fitted with sat nav as standard that proved easy to use and not easily flummoxed by the odd diversion.
Renault plans to introduce a new Zoe smartphone app in 2017 that’ll offer door-to-door sat nav directions and will track down public charging points if you find yourself running a little low on electrical power.