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Renault Zoe pros and cons
Pros and Cons by Owners / Test Drives
Renault ZOE - the car with the best ratio of range and equipment to market price
even basic equipment includes such features as a heat pump and LED lights
very cheap spare parts and available service
cheap insurance coefficients and associated operating expenses
unbeatably fast AC charging (for me a key buying point) - at home I charge the car from empty in just 2.5 hours - so I practically don't even need DC
it's the car with the best range and equipment to market price ratio
extremely comfortable chassis - especially on my version with 15” tires
very decent consumption: real average 11- 13 kWh in summer - 16 kWh in winter, on the highway at 130 km/h 23 kWh, and in conjunction with the large battery of 55 kWh/52 kWh), the summer range is up to 480 km, winter is around 280 - 320 km
The charging connector is in an ideal location - under the logo at the front (short DC charger cables easily reach)
it has an air-cooled engine and battery
relative to its segment, it has a deep and spacious boot
in the infotainment, it is not possible to restrict charging e.g., at 80%
the absence of lighting above the rear seats
less space in the rear seats
official impossibility of having any tow hitch
sharp rear door edge (though the door shape makes sense making it easier to get in, and the rear window can be fully lowered)
See Tech Specs - Renault Zoe
Auto high beams that work 99% of the time and great led headlights!
Great range for price 180-200 winter and 240-280 miles summer achieved
Great boot space for size of car some cars class above no better
Real buttons not touch buttons and real knobs to change heating controls not hidden in the touchscreen!
Long warranty 5 years 100,000 miles
Cheap and long service intervals 18,000 miles and about £100 for a service.
22 kw charging is great
Nice looking car
Good infotainment system
Good spec for price
Two level regenerative braking settings and a blended brake Pedal so you get all the regen you need
Good build quality for price
Good discounts off rrp
Good sounds system for price and has rear speakers
Fast enough real life 0-60 speed might not look good on paper but is perfectly acceptable and got power right above National speed limit so you won’t be left wanting if you get the r135 motor ! For the size of car it’s good enough.
Not bad space in the rear not good for tall passengers but normal height is good for size of the car
Not bad seats not the best but good enough to do 420 miles in one day
Having to pay for arm rest ! And when you do you lose a cup holder !
As with most converted left hand drive cars into right hand drive the glove box is too small to be much use
Bit slow rapid charging speed for 2020 mid 40s in ideal conditions but you get ok speed upto 80% so 10-80% only about 50 minutes not great but we did 1050 miles in 4 days and didn’t wait for the car much ! It ok manufacturers quoting max charging speed but what speed you get average is what matters !
No under bonnet Storage
Regen does not bring car to a stop only down to 5-6 mph so need to use foot break to stop the car.
No adaptive cruise control but it’s not a big thing as ev as so easy to drive.
Over the air infotainment updates
247 mile realworld miles on full charge
LED lights all round
Good level of specification
Fun to drive
B mode for more aggressive brake regeneration
Decent size boot space
Rapid charge was a chargeable option when we bought it.
Reversing and rear fog lights are very low
Rear door access latches sometimes annoying
Zoe pedestrian noise sounds weird
Extremely cheap buying price. The cheapest EV around you can buy (new and secondhand)
It’s one of the best designed EVs for the price range
It drives fantastic. I particulary like the way the regen works on the Zoe
Versatility of the Zoe charging system
Fairly noisy charging, other electric cars don’t make the same high-pitched noise that Zoe does.
Seats are not split folding. They don’t go completely flat, but you can take them out
The poor cup hold design
Battery lease (Iam actually pro battery lease, but many peaople find that battery lease is a con and they don't think it’s a good part of the Renault Zoe ownership) I’ll explain it in the video below.