2018 Renault Zoe Scores High On Most Areas, But You’ll Have To Pick Your Version Wisely

Entering its sixth year of production, the all-electric Zoe has received some tweaks on the outside, in the cabin and beneath the skin. Along with updating it for the 2018MY, Renault also launched a slightly more powerful R110 variant, which means that there’s still life left in the little EV.

So, are those changes enough to bring the Zoe up to speed with the latest trends in the market? When it comes to the interior, the answer is no, according to CarBuyer’s review. There is some cheap plastic all around, not enough storage spaces and the design feels outdated compared to the competition.

On the plus side, even the entry-level model is well equipped, getting an infotainment system with Bluetooth, climate control, electric and heated mirrors, among others. Renault has also introduced a new range-topping version, named Signature, that comes with amenities like leather seats, a reversing camera and a Bose stereo.

All trim levels come with a free, 7kW charging box for your home, which allows you to fully charge up the Zoe’s battery in 7.5 hours. The base version comes with a 22kW battery pack, which offers a maximum range of 149 miles (240km), while the two higher grades feature a 40kW battery that increases the range to 250 miles (400 km), and the Signature is available with a quick charge option that charges the battery to 80 percent in just 65 minutes.

Of course, these are official numbers, so in the real world, you’re looking more at 100 miles (160 km) and about 200 miles (320 km) respectively, depending on conditions and your driving style.

Renault’s B-segment EV is quite roomy for both passengers and their luggage. It’s also quiet and comfortable to drive around town, even though the steering doesn’t offer much feel, but take it on the motorway and the wind and tire noise will be instantly noticeable.

Last, but definitely not least, customers will have to spend quite some time configuring their Zoes, as besides the trim levels, they also have to choose between a number of different paying schemes that allow to either lease or buy the battery outright.

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  • LWOAP

    It makes me wonder if a production version of the E Sport Concept will ever make it into production.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      I am sure that I read that Renault stated it would never be brought into production.
      It may be a few years before we have a mainstream hot-e-hatch.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    What’s the fascination with trying to store a 1.5 litre/50 fl oz bottle of water in a front door bin with these channels?
    Does everyone normally carry around such a bottle size?

    • TO WASH DOWN THE BAG OF POTATO CHIPS THEY ALL KEEP IN THE GLOVE BOX.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Salty chips.

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