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Renault ZOE review: boot space, seating & practicality

The Renault ZOE is sufficiently spacious for supermini standards, but other EVs offer greater practicality

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£29,995 - £31,995
Fuel Type:
Electric
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,087mm1,787mm1,562mm338/1,225 litres

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. Regardless, if you’re looking for a cheap electric car with good interior space, we recommend checking out the family hatchback-sized MG4 EV, which amazingly costs less than the ZOE.

Storage up front in the Renault is fine, with a glovebox, doorbins that’ll take a small bottle easily and a couple of fixed cupholders in the centre console. Door bins in the back give you somewhere to throw a bottle, but there’s only one map pocket in a blatant attempt at cost-cutting.

Boot space

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, as is the MG ZS EV which offers family SUV practicality for around the same price as the supermini-sized ZOE. Even similarly-proportioned small electric cars like the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa Electric 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.

Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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