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RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK

100kW Iconic R135 50kWh Rapid Charge 5dr Auto

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

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 £28,995 after deduction of the £2,500 government Plug-in Car Grant. The R135 vcariant costs from around £30,995, 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?

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed87mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10" TFT Driver information display
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Cruise control switches on steering wheel
  • Driving style indicator
  • E Shifter with B mode
  • Easy link 7" display with navigation
  • Eco mode
  • Econometer
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane departure warning system (LDW)
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • Over speed prevention
  • Range indicator
  • Range optimizer
  • Slow speed pedestrian warning
  • Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Battery charge indicator
  • Chameleon charger AC 2-22kW
  • R135 motor (100kW)
  • Type 2 mode 3 charging cable
  • ZE 50 battery

Entertainment

  • 2 USB sockets in rear
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high/low beam
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body colour front door handles
  • Charging socket at front behind Renault logo
  • Driver one touch and passenger electric windows
  • Electric adjustable/heated/manual folding door mirrors
  • Electric rear windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full LED headlamps with C-shape daytime running lights
  • Heated rear windscreen

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in lower dashboard
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Drivers seat with longitudinal adjustment and recline
  • Fabric upholstery (recycled)
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front door bottle storage (1.5 litres)
  • Front head restraints
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox
  • Height/depth adjustable steering wheel
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • PET soft touch steering wheel
  • Soft armrests in door panels
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Stowage pocket in front passenger seat back

Passive Safety

  • 2 Driver airbags
  • 2 Passenger airbags (disconnectable)
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic parking brake
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • ESP + ASR traction control + CSV understeer control
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Deadlocking system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Hands free Renault card
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking

Wheels

  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    52
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    970
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    565
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    22
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    180
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    70
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • 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

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    135
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    100KW R135 50KWh Rapid Charge
  • Coin Series
    Iconic
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    181
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25
  • Engine Torque - NM
    245
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    87

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1562
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4087
  • Wheelbase
    2588
  • Width
    1730
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1945

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1988
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1225
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    338
  • Max. Loading Weight
    486
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1502
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6
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