This is the updated Renault Zoe – a heavily revised version of one of the most affordable electric cars on sale – and here’s everything you need to know about it.
New Renault Zoe
Increased range, improved interior
From around £18,000 (est) incl Government grant
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2020 Renault Zoe price
You can expect the new Renault Zoe to cost from around £18,000, which includes the Government’s electric car grant. But remember, you also have to pay to lease the electric car’s batteries. This cost varies depending on the amount of miles you drive, but starts at around £50 a month.
There are no seismic changes to the Renault Zoe’s looks, but an all-new front and rear end make the car look fresher, plus you get new alloy wheels and colours to choose from. Some of the biggest changes, however, are reserved for the Zoe’s interior, so you now get lots of soft-touch plastics and fabric trims, while the cabin lighting has been updated with white LEDs. Iconic models are even kinder to the environment – they get upholstery made from recycled seat belts.
Every Renault Zoe comes with a 10-inch TFT instrument binnacle that replaces the tiny letterbox display from the old model. But it’s the nine-inch, Tesla Model S-style display on top-of-the-range models that’s most eye-catching – it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Speaking of mobiles, using the MY Renault App on your phone, you can check the Zoe’s range, set charging to cheap off-peak hours and programme the air-con or heater so the cabin’s at the perfect temperature when you get in it. And once you’re in the car, you can charge your phone using the optional wireless charging feature, available in the Zoe for the first time.
2020 Renault Zoe range and charging
The new Renault Zoe has a 242-mile range – that’s 30% better than the old model and 80 miles further than a BMW i3 can manage. The old 40kWh battery has been replaced with a 52kWh battery. It takes up as much room as the older car’s battery pack, so there’s no impact on passenger space. To charge the car, you’ll find a European standard socket and a two-pin connector for DC charging under the grille badge. Using a 50k W charger you can add 90 miles of range in 30 minutes, although a full charge from 7k W home charger will take almost ten hours.
You can choose from two electric motors – the existing 80kW motor and a new 100kW version. The latter produces the equivalent of 135hp and 245Nm of torque, enough to get the Zoe from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds – quicker than a mid-range VW Polo.
The updated car also has a new B mode for urban driving, which makes the car’s regenerative brakes slow the car the moment you take your foot off the accelerator. Essentially, it allows you to drive the car using one pedal, so is the same as the E Pedal fitted to a Nissan Leaf.
Safety has been heavily bolstered in the new Zoe too, so unlike in the old model you now get automatic emergency braking that’ll stop the car autonomously if an imminent collision is detected and lane assist, which can gently guide the car in lane on the motorway.