MINI Electric vs Renault ZOE: interior and infotainment

Both cars get strong infotainment systems and well designed interiors, but the MINI edges ahead of the Renault

MINI Electric

When it comes to build and quality, these two cars feel evenly matched. Each takes a different approach to design, however: the MINI’s retro-styled dashboard is carried over from other models with some detail changes, while the latest ZOE has some commonality with the Renault Clio.

The ZOE’s interior feels more modern – its large infotainment screen and clean lines appear less fussy than the MINI’s bulbous dashboard. The screen in the Renault works well; on GT Line models such as our test car, it measures 9.3 inches and features sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, while an extra 10-inch digital dashboard sits behind the steering wheel.

The MINI Electric uses the same BMW-derived system as other models in the range, supplemented by an extra digital display mounted behind the steering wheel for showing info about its electric functionality. Apple CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto isn't supported.

Renault ZOE

The driving position in each car is good: you sit higher up in the Renault, while the MINI allows for the same low-slung sporty position that’s so well received in its internal-combustion counterparts. It’s worth trying both to see which best suits you.

The ZOE is available in three trim levels: all get automatic wipers, LED headlights, the aforementioned 10-inch driver’s screen, keyless entry and cruise control as standard. A step up to Iconic trim adds climate control, wireless phone charging, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloy, while top-spec GT Line (tested here) gets the largest infotainment screen, extra parking sensors and a reversing camera. It’s also worth noting that Iconic and GT Line cars get recycled seat fabric. 

MINIs are all about customisation and design appeal, and as with the ZOE there are three base trims to pick from. These don't follow the usual MINI pattern of Classic, Sport and Exclusive; they're instead labeled Level 1, 2 and 3. Entry-point Level 1 cars get a 6.5-inch screen alongside the standard driver’s display, as well as two-zone climate control. Level 2 adds part-faux-leather seats and a driving assistance package along with some customisation options, while Level 3 gets a glut of high-end equipment, including a panoramic sunroof and Harmon Kardon stereo. The MINI feels more in line with its Renault rival in Level 2 trim, tested here.

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