Renault ZOE (2013-2019) interior & comfort
The Renault ZOE benefits from a logical dashboard, loads of equipment and excellent 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 battery 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 it'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 started with the Dynamique Nav, which featured Renault's R-Link touchscreen system, Android Auto and TomTom sat nav. There was also climate control, Bluetooth, electric windows all round, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. S Edition was the other, more lavish spec; it added a BOSE stereo, leather-finished seats, the option of 17-inch wheels and a rear parking camera.
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.
Some cars will feature an upgraded sat nav with Western European mapping, and even live traffic updates, but you have to renew the subscription after three years for the latter feature.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Renault ZOE looks great, has a long range and is golf-cart-easy to drive, making it a great first electric car
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Renault ZOE offers impressive range, but no 50kW rapid charging
- 3Running costsThe Renault ZOE is one of the cheapest electric cars to run, regardless of whether you lease or buy the battery
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceIn R110 form, the Renault ZOE has a zippy turn of pace when Eco mode is switched off
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Renault ZOE benefits from a logical dashboard, loads of equipment and excellent refinement
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere's no driver’s-seat height adjustment in the Renault ZOE, but otherwise it's a well sorted small family car
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Renault ZOE achieved good crash-test results in 2013, but the lack of autonomous emergency city braking is quite poor