Renault ZOE practicality & boot space

No driver’s-seat height adjustment and a single-piece folding rear seat backrest are the only faults in an otherwise well sorted small family car

For a supermini-sized car – electric or not – the ZOE is roomy and practical. It’ll be great for a small family that does mostly short journeys.

Renault ZOE interior space, storage & comfort

Renault has placed the ZOE’s batteries under the rear seats where a conventional fuel tank would go, which has left a useful amount of space and a ‘normal’ layout. There’s enough room for a couple of adults to be perfectly happy for a short journey in the back of the ZOE, even if they're rather high-set. Access through the back doors is good, too, and there’s lots of light and a good view out for kids on the high-set, if rather flat, back seats.

Those up front will be fine, too, but with no seat-height adjustment or adjustable lumbar support, some drivers may find it difficult to get comfortable.

Boot space

The ZOE’s boot is a very good size – 38 litres bigger than a Clio’s, in fact – so you’ll get plenty of stuff in there despite a big drop over the load lip. It is a shame that there’s no hidden storage for the charging cables, though, and the rear seat back doesn’t split – it folds in one large, clunky piece and leaves a big step up in the boot floor.