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Review: Renault ZOE

May 14, 2015

The Car Loan Warehouse is back with another instalment of automotive updates, and in the spotlight today is the Renault ZOE. Marrying a smooth ride with rock-bottom running costs, this quirky EV (electric vehicle) is a worthy contender in a competitive class. Fancy getting your hands on your own supermini? In today’s Renault ZOE review, we’ll show you how – and if you’re looking for flexible finance options, we can help there, too. Let’s get started.

Renault Zoe

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

Design

On the outside, the Renault ZOE is small and chic. Its sleek shape gives it a stylish edge and puts it right at home in the city – and its rear door handles are built into the car, giving the ZOE the appearance of a coupe. Climb inside the cabin and the driver’s seat is positioned higher than in other superminis, thanks to the placing of the battery – but this allows for good all-round visibility. Despite its small size, the ZOE is more practical than it appears. Boot space is generous for a car of this stature, boasting an impressive 338 litres – and its low lip means large objects can be easily loaded.

Performance & Handling

Performance figures are unlikely to be a major concern if you’re looking to buy a Renault ZOE, but they’re worth taking a look at. There are three specs available with the ZOE, and they are all powered by an 88bhp electric motor. 0-62mph takes 13.5 secs in this EV and the car tops out at 84mph – but with a claimed full charge costing just £3, the Renault ZOE more than impresses in other areas. Around town is where this motor is most at home, with minimal road noise making it a relaxing car to drive.

Features

The entry-level Renault ZOE is the Expression, which comes equipped with a TomTom navigation system and Renault’s R-Link multimedia system – as well as a wallbox charger which can be fitted to your driveway or garage free of charge. Kit on the basic spec also includes automatic cruise control, 15 inch alloys and Bluetooth. Moving up the range, the ZOE Dynamique Zen adds a leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights and wipers. Topping the range is the ZOE Dynamique Intens, which comes with a parking camera and 16 inch alloy wheels.

Renault ZOE Finance

Renault ZOE interior

Original image by Mic

When it comes to cost, Renault ZOE prices depend on the way you choose to purchase your car. Buying the car outright means it includes the battery cost, whereas paying a smaller up-front fee means a monthly charge to release the batteries. Whichever you opt for, the ZOE is undoubtedly one of the most affordable EVs on the road – with Renault claiming a low-cost starting price of just £13,444.

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly EV but don’t have the funds to finance the purchase, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We have a range of flexible Renault ZOE finance options to suit any budget, with payments that you can afford.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.