Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Should you buy a Renault Zoe?

Renault made some useful enhancements to the Zoe in 2020, which really helped its level of desirability. You get a much nicer interior design than before and the availability of a faster motor and 50kW fast DC charging for those who want to venture beyond the standard 200-ish real world miles of range.

However its woeful performance in the 2021 safety testing by EuroNCAP raises some question marks – we don’t think that getting a zero-star rating makes it an unsafe car, but it shows just how choosing a younger design will get you a car that will protect you so much better. With that in mind, you need to carefully consider your priorities when considering a Zoe.

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What we like

A generous 52kWh battery gives ample range for the sort of short, sub-50mph journeys the Zoe’s perfect for – you could do an extended period of urban commuting without charging, though it means the little car’s heavier than it needs to be for typical users.

It’s quite practical too, with a large boot (when you consider the compact size of the car) and the option at least to invite four friends along for the ride. We’d recommend you prioritise the front seat for taller guests, but for short journeys the Zoe is a usable five adult-seater.

What we don’t like

It’s much less safe than its younger rivals, as shown in official testing. Beyond that, it’s not exactly the last word in handling prowess. But in a lot of ways that’s no bad thing – it holds the road well enough and inspires confidence in bends, but not so much that you want to drive it flat out (or with a flat battery), all the time.

Which model is best for you?

It makes the most sense in lowest-power, R110 entry-level form, where that upgraded quality and impressive range match a soft ride and competitive price.

Further reading

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