Renault ZOE interior & comfort

The Renault ZOE benefits from a logical dashboard, loads of equipment and great refinement

It goes without saying that the ZOE is quiet. It even emits a noise below 20mph to warn pedestrians, cyclists and your neighbour’s cat that it’s coming – a noise exactly the eerie whine you imagined a flying saucer would make when you were a kid.  

Renault has stowed the ZOE’s batteries underneath the rear seats where a conventional fuel tank would go, which has left a fairly conventional and useful layout. There’s space for four adults, a sizeable boot and a dashboard that features quite a lot of grey plastic but that’s easy to use and smart to look at.

Renault ZOE dashboard

The ZOE has a simple dashboard layout, with a touchscreen as its main focus and the rest of the switches are where you'd expect them to be. There's a lot of slightly scratchy plastic making up the bigger swathes of dashboard, but the gloss finishes break it up nicely and as a whole it’s an easy dashboard to use and a pleasant one to look at.

Equipment, options & accessories

The ZOE range starts with the Dynamique Nav, which features Renault's R-Link touchscreen system, Android Auto and TomTom sat nav. There's also climate control, Bluetooth, electric windows all round, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors.

Signature Nav is the other, more lavish spec; it adds bronze-coloured trim, heated seats, snazzy alloy-wheel design, a part-leather interior and a Bose sound system.

There aren’t many options on the ZOE, especially the Signature Nav; it’s mostly style options with a couple of colour packs to choose from in the interior, a decent selection of colours including a deep purple metallic that’s new for 2018, and a 17-inch alloy wheel option.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The ZOE’s seven-inch touchscreen isn’t the fastest-responding screen, and the graphics look a bit old-fashioned, but you get UK sat nav, Bluetooth and audio streaming, USB input and DAB as standard. Plus, the menu layout is straightforward and the icons big enough to prod accurately. You also get Android Auto, but the lack of Apple CarPlay will bother some buyers.

Pay a bit extra and you can upgrade the sat nav to Western European mapping, and even live traffic updates, but you have to renew the subscription after three years for the latter feature.