It’s also quite nippy, and coasts its way from a rest to 62mph in just 4.0 seconds. While that won’t be giving a sports car something to think about any time soon, it ensures that the Zoe is able to skip in and out of traffic with ease. Meanwhile, 0-62 is taken care of in 13.5 seconds, and it maxes out at just 84mph.
However, as good as the car is in the city, it’s bulky batteries do make body roll a bit of an issue by virtue of the fact that they add so much weight to the car. Moreover, they also put a dent in its performance.
The regenerative brakes are a good idea in theory, but they’re abrupt to the point of being startling. Visibility is good though, and the car is easy to park.
Like other car makers, Renault is working hard to improve battery range, but the batteries are still expensive. Once you’ve got beyond the initial listing price, you then have to think about the cost of buying or leasing the battery itself.
You can do either with the flexible Zoe, and a thirty-six month battery lease will set you back £45 each month if you’re not planning on going beyond 4,500 miles each year. If you’re a high-mileage driver, 10,000 miles + per year will cost you £99 per month.
A full charge, meanwhile, costs £3, which we think represents very good value for money.
Inside the car, the fact that the electric motor emits next to no noise means the cabin is a serene place to be until someone starts singing. After the eerie silence, the dash is the strongest giveaway yet that this is an electric car, looking every inch like it’s from the year 2050. However, we can’t help but think that Renault missed a trick by pairing up with futuristic design with some rather bland beiges and greys.
The batteries are neatly tucked away beneath the seats where a petrol tank usually hides the fuel tank, and this clever move saves you rear legroom and boot space. The boot measures 338-litres, makes it bigger than the one in the Clio, despite the two cars sharing the same width measurements.
You can fold the rear seats to extend the boot space, but you can’t fold them totally flat.
Citroen – £17,000 +
Renault – £18,500 – £26,000