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Renault Zoe Review 2021

The Renault Zoe may have been one of the first electric cars on the UK market, but it still continues to lead the way as the go-to small, affordable electric car.

Refreshed in 2019, this stylish five-door hatchback can not only travel over 200 miles on a single charge but also costs less to buy than most EV rivals, including the Honda E, MINI Electric, Fiat 500 and Peugeot e-208. 

Our Renault Zoe review covers:

Renault Zoe Key Features

  • Revamped exterior style with distinctive light clusters
  • 338-litre boot with split-folding rear seat on Iconic trim and above
  • Two power outputs with 107bhp or 134bhp
  • Stylish interior with lots of smooth surfaces
  • Three models, including Play, Iconic and GT Line

Design and Practicality

The latest generation Renault Zoe features a revamped exterior style. Its smooth bodywork, high shoulder line, and small window area help the Zoe stand out from the crowd and cut heat build-up and loss, reducing the demands on the battery-sapping climate control. The Zoe's distinctive light clusters have been given LED treatment too. 


Inside, there's enough space for driver and passengers to get comfy, although the Peugeot e-208 offers more headroom for taller passengers. There's plenty of storage options, including a couple of small cupholders, a tray below the touchscreen to place your phone, and a shallow cubby above the glovebox.

Boot space is equally impressive at 338-litres. It's deep enough to fit six carry-on sized suitcases or the weekly family shop, but the large boot lip does make it difficult to load in larger objects. 60/40 split rear seats come as standard on Iconic and GT Line trims. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Zoe's modern and minimalistic interior borrows heavily from the latest Clio and Captur. Soft-touch plastics are used along the dashboard, with a stylish digital TFT display instead of conventional dials. While the overall interior feel is pleasing, the Zoe's build quality doesn't quite match up to the Volkswagen e-up! However, more expensive trim levels make use of a special fabric made from recycled materials, enhancing the Zoe's green credentials. 

Three trim levels are available, including the Play, Iconic and GT Line. The entry-level Play model features a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning, cruise control and automatic headlights and wipers. 

The mid-range Iconic trim adds a built-in sat-nav, climate control, wireless phone charging, lane-keeping assistance and alloy wheels. The top-of-the-range GT Line features a 9.3-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen multimedia system, reversing camera and different upholstery. 

Power and Performance

The Zoe has two power outputs from its single, front-mounted electric motor - an R110 model with 107bhp or an R135 version with 134bhp. Most won't notice a massive difference in acceleration at town speeds, but the R135 will get you up to motorway speeds much more swiftly.


At 245 miles (conditions permitting), the Zoe has a decent electric driving range, taking just over nine hours to complete a full charge with a 7.4kW home wall box. Rapid DC charging is also available as a £1,000 option on Iconic and GT Line versions, allowing the Zoe to charge from 0-80% in just over an hour. 

The Zoe is generally well-composed in terms of ride, and broken road surfaces are absorbed easily, making for a smoother drive than the BMW i3 or Smart Fortwo EQ. Its light and precise steering mean the Zoe turns into corners keenly enough. Yet, while it is less restless than the firmer MINI Electric and choppier Fiat 500, the e-208 and ID.3 offer more comfortable rides. 

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Renault Zoe start from £28,340.00 OTR* or to lease from £318.25 per month.

Thinking of leasing the Renault Zoe? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has some fantastic lease offers across a wide range of electric cars, all of which come with the full manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown cover and free GB delivery direct to your door (exclusions apply). 

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

Customer Reviews

Renault Zoe
Average Rating Based on 15 reviews
4.3 out of 5

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Ali Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

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Victoria Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

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3.6 out of 5
Richard Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

The design of the door tops is such that you can get a nasty injury to the head from them if not fully open when getting in or out of the car. The car is very heavy due to the battery and this spoils the dynamics one would normally expect from a small hatch. My use is rural, driving in country lanes and this impinges on the range, I rarely see more than 150 miles from a full charge. Positively though I charge the car when my solar is producing around 5.5Kwh in the middle of the day so with my 7Kwh domestic charger I only need to pay for c. 2Kwh from the grid! This makes the car very economical.

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4.1 out of 5
Nicola Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

I don’t drive many miles so the Renault Zoe is perfect for me. It’s nippy, reliable (with the odd blip) and meets my needs perfectly!

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4.3 out of 5
Rachel Renault Zoe Iconic R135 50KWh Auto

Visibility when manoeuvring could be improved. Leak typical to model on passenger side window. Low range on a full charge in cold weather conditions. Needs to improve range for longer journey use.

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5.0 out of 5
Robert Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Auto

We love using Zoe at the moment and our previous car Adam. Nationwide is such an easy company to deal with.

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5.0 out of 5
Nadine Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Auto

This is great little city car and I love having a fully electric vehicle!! Amazing value for money and has a good range for it's size.

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Nigel Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

I love the car but would be interested in other electric vehicles for when I renew.

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4.3 out of 5
Sangita Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Auto

Good practical nippy car for local and town driving. Some of the dashboard controls feel a bit plasticky (heating knobs). The controls on the steering wheel not always the easiest to use and sometimes trying to use the onscreen controls like volume is a bit distracting whilst driving. Boot is a reasonable size and extra volume gained by folding down the rear seats. I would suggest a handle on the inside of the boot door as bit difficult for us shorter people to pull it down to close. Very good at picking up speed and quiet to drive.

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3.6 out of 5
Fiona Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

You can’t have the heating on (I don’t think) when it’s charging, a problem in the winter when no local cafe to hitch up in. Some niggles with charging but overall ok, it does not rapidly charge consistently despite the claim it is rapid, radio switches on auto when getting in even when switched off when getting out. It is smaller than previous lease car Kia which is good for me from environmental and turning circle perspective (there appears little as affordable choice in this smaller car bracket). More comfortable than reviews had me believe.was the case

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4.7 out of 5
Stevan Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

Much more roomy than the small size suggests with a good boot. Quite zoomy. Easy to charge, inducing on long trips. Suspension not that great, a bit joggly.

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4.7 out of 5
Ian Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto MY21.5

On the whole a good car to drive, but did not have much opportunity due to covid. Would lease another car yes, but a slightly bigger car.

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Allan Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto MY21.5

The car is ok, but the lack of seat height adjustment is a real issue. The car also feels pretty cheap, and I have had mechanical issues where the car has had to go back to Renault. Recently a nut has come lose on the anti roll bar, that isn’t something you would expect from a year old car, and it has taken two visits from Renault assist to resolve the issue.

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Rebecca Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

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4.6 out of 5
Michael Renault Zoe GT Line R135 50KWh Rapid Charge Auto

Pricing really - everything else great

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