Renault ZOE boot space & seating
The ZOE's rear seats aren't the most comfortable in the class, but they're good enough for shorter journeys, while the boot is usefully deep
The ZOE is fit for purpose when it comes to space and practicality in the small-car class. It can seat three (at a squeeze) on the rear bench, although the seat is flat and high-set, so adults might feel sorry for themselves on longer journeys, although kids will be fine. Split-folding rear seatbacks are standard and the 338-litre boot is a decent size, although it's fairly short and deep, so chunky items may be tricky to fit in. The cable storage area under the floor is welcome.
Renault ZOE interior space, storage & comfort
There’s enough room in the ZOE that most adults will be comfortable for shorter trips, but taller people might feel a little hemmed-in. The lack of a central armrest in the back and a fairly flat rear bench also leaves you in no doubt this is still a city car at heart. For all that, the standard five-door body gives reasonable access to those rear seats, and two kids or two chunky car seats will fit comfortably in the back.
You can squeeze a third child in the middle, but they won’t want to be there for too long. Storage up front is fine, with a glovebox, doorbins that’ll take a small bottle easily and a couple of fixed cupholders in the centre console. Door pockets in the back give you somewhere to throw a bottle, but there’s only one map pocket.
The 338-litre boot is a good size for a small, Fiesta-sized car like the ZOE. A chunky buggy will take up most of the fairly short, deep boot, and there’s quite a high load lip to lug it over, but you'll get it in there without having to drop the rear seats. Ultimately, the bigger Nissan Leaf is usefully roomier (if also more expensive), while the MG ZS EV SUV is similarly priced, but with a more practical interior. Even comparable small electric cars like the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e are a bit more comfortable than the ZOE for rear-seat passengers, but the Renault is more than spacious and practical enough by small-car standards.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe current Renault ZOE has a better interior and longer range than the original – but a low safety score comes as a surprise
- 2Range & chargingThe ZOE is hard to fault here, given that it has one of the best ranges in its class, although standard rapid charging would be welcome
- 3Running costs & insuranceA relatively low list price, impressive efficiency and strong residual values bode well for the Renault ZOE here
- 4Performance, motor & driveTidy, grippy and uncomplicated handling make the Renault ZOE an easygoing, confidence-inspiring car to drive in or out of town
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortGenerous kit, a smart-looking touchscreen, clean dashboard design and tactile, sustainable materials make the Renault ZOE's interior much better than before
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe ZOE's rear seats aren't the most comfortable in the class, but they're good enough for shorter journeys, while the boot is usefully deep
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe ZOE has sold in big numbers and proved to be reliable, but a zero-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in late 2021 came as a shock