Renault ZOE running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
A relatively low list price, impressive efficiency and strong residual values bode well for the Renault ZOE here
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|20-23||5yrs/100,000 miles||1yr/18,000 miles||From £109/£219|
The Renault ZOE seems expensive when you glance at the headline price. This is a Clio-sized car, after all, and a price of around £28,000 seems a lot. The reality is that electric cars are still more expensive than their petrol equivalents, but matters are improving and finance deals on the ZOE that see reasonable monthly payments with low deposits make the car attainable for many people. They also makes the ZOE comparable in terms of costs with its chief rivals the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e.
Fully charging the ZOE at home will cost about £8, but using late-night off-peak rates could reduce that. Charging at a public rapid charger is always going to be more expensive, but given that the ZOE promises efficiency of 4.5 miles per kWh or more in good conditions, it’s likely that your money will go a bit further in the Renault than in its rivals.
Renault ZOE insurance group
The ZOE falls into insurance groups 20 to 23, depending on exactly which model you choose. This is noticeably higher than you’ll pay for an equivalent Renault Clio, which falls into group 10, so do check insurance costs before settling for the ZOE if you’re a new or young driver.
The Renault ZOE is covered for five years or 100,000 miles, which is better than many rivals, if not as good as the cover you get on a Kia e-Niro. The batteries are covered against failure or significant degradation for eight years or 100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is provided for four years (breaking down to three years' UK and European cover, plus an additional year of UK-only).
Renault offers various fixed-price servicing plans, which you can purchase up front when buying the car or spread across monthly payments. A service is required every year or 18,000 miles.
As with every zero-emissions car, the Renault ZOE is exempt from VED (road tax) for the foreseeable future, and it'll also cost you very little to run one as a company car, as Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) is set at just 2% for all electric cars until at least April 2024.
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 & insurance - currently readingA 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 & practicalityThe 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