The French manufacturer put itself in pole-position for the ecology race, adding a new generation for its sub-compact electric vehicle, the Renault Zoe.
On the outside, the Zoe has received a redesigned hood, new bumper and, most importantly, LED headlights as standard. Even though Renault didn't invest too much money in the exterior design for the new Zoe, things inside are different. In front of the driver, there is a 10” TFT display that replaces the classic analog dials. Due to the new screen, the driver receives constant indications to improve his or her driving skills for ecology. On the center console, there is the EASY LINK Renault infotainment system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There are new interior material improvements, which are softer and nicer to touch. On the Iconic trim level, the seats are made out of 100% recycled materials. Other improvements are noticed in the space between the driver and the passenger. On the prolonged center console, there is the gear selector, used for different driving modes, including the B-mode, which allows one-pedal driving due to a boosted energy recovery system. Last, but not least, the Zoe has received an electronic park brake, which replaces the classical lever.
The most important improvement for the drivetrain is that now, Zoe is available with 110hp and 135 hp and with batteries of 40 kWh and 50 kWh, respectively.
The Zoe finally arrived in 2013 after several delays.
The all-electric Zoe was designed as a city car, however, that did not stop Renault to design it in a beautiful way with clean, flowing lines.
The Zoe was based on the Clio platform, however, it was longer and taller.
The exterior design was enhanced with smart touches such as the blue detailing in the headlights and taillights.
The Renault badge was enlarges and it covered the charging point.
The interior was designed by Dominique Marzolf. The center console was borrowed from the Clio and the dashboard’s shape reminded of a blade of a wind turbine.
Practicality wise, the trunk was a good size, however the foldable rear seats did not lay flat. The trunk’s loading area was bigger than the Clio’s.
The roomy cabin offered great space for the front passengers and decent legroom and headroom for the back seat passengers.
Available with the entry level, the Zoe featured cruise control, climate control, parking sensors and automatic headlights.
The driver benefited of plenty of adjustments available for the seat as well as for the steering wheel.
The high seating position offered great visibility and made the Zoe vert easy to drive around town.
Fast was not exactly the word for Zoe, however, we think that the mini electrical was a winner in the city with its instant acceleration.
Safety wise, the Zoe scored 5 stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests.
The Zoe was a good choice for those who wanted an electric supermini.