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RENAULT Zoe

100kW i Iconic R135 50KWh 5dr Auto

RENAULT Zoe - 100kW i Iconic R135 50KWh 5dr Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£31,995.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.5 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
By Line

Renault's ZOE now gets a significantly longer operating range and some useful updates. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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 £26,500 after deduction of the £3,000 government Plug-in Car Grant. The R135 vcariant costs from around £28,500, 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?

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Driver one touch and passenger electric windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
BRAKES
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic parking brake
  • ESP ASR traction control CSV understeer control
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear disc brakes
COMMUNICATION
  • Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
DRIVER AIDS
  • Cruise control speed limiter
  • Cruise control switches on steering wheel
  • Eco mode
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane departure warning system (LDW)
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • Range optimizer
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Slow speed pedestrian warning
  • Traffic sign recognition (TSR)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Chameleon charger AC 2-22kW
  • Charging cable (Type 2)
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 10" TFT Driver information display
  • Driving style indicator
  • Easy link 7" display with navigation
  • Econometer
  • Range indicator
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
ENGINE
  • Battery charge indicator
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 12V socket in lower dashboard
  • 2 USB sockets in rear
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour front door handles
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Automatic headlights automatic windscreen wipers
  • Automatic high/low beam
  • Front fog lights
  • Full LED headlamps with C-shape daytime running lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • Fabric upholstery (recycled)
  • Front charging socket
  • Front door storage bins with bottle holder
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • PET soft touch steering wheel
  • Soft armrests in door panels
  • Stowage pocket in front passenger seat back
  • Twin front cupholders
SAFETY
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitor
SEATS
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Drivers seat with longitudinal adjustment and recline
  • Front head restraints
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • Split folding rear seats
SECURITY
  • Deadlocking system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Hands free Renault card
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 16" alloy wheels with Michelin tyres
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 52
  • Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 1380
  • Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 565
  • Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 22
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 180
  • Battery Charge Type 4 kW: N
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Leased: Data Not Available
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 17.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 17.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 17.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 3.5
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 385
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 385
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 385
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 239
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 239
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 239
  • CO: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • HC: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Badge Power: 135
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: 100KW i R135 50KWh
  • Coin Series: Iconic
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Safety Concerns?: Data Not Available
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 181
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25
  • Engine Torque - NM: 245
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Top Speed: 87
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Height: 1562
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4087
  • Wheelbase: 2588
  • Width: 1787
  • Width (including mirrors): 1945
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1988
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1225
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 338
  • Max. Loading Weight: 486
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1502
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£203.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,834.16 inc VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
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Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
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Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Personal Lease
£203.80
Initial Rental (inc VAT)
£1,834.16
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£203.80
Initial Rental
(9 months)
£1,834.16
Inc VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
31,995.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£31,995.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.5 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Images shown are for illustration purposes only.
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RENAULT Zoe

100kW i Iconic R135 50KWh 5dr Auto

RENAULT ZOE Iconic*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£203.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,834.16 inc VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC