Vauxhall Corsa-e vs Renault ZOE: verdict and specifications
The Renault ZOE outshines the Vauxhall Corsa-e in several key areas, but it’s a fairly close result
Both of these electric superminis make a lot of sense for a lot of people. They’re not meant for long trips, but if you can get over that and realise that most journeys are short, especially if you live in a city, then their ranges of up to 200 miles are plenty.
The ZOE makes just a bit more sense overall, though. It’s more comfortable than the Corsa-e while also being more practical, and the interior is a nicer place to spend time. Yet the Corsa-e’s faster rapid charging capability and punchy motor mean it still has lots of appeal.
1st: Renault ZOE
The ZOE is punchy despite being less powerful than its rival, and it also has a longer range than the Corsa-e. The 50kW rapid charging compatibility is enough for most users, too. The Renault is also more spacious than the Vauxhall, with a better-quality interior, a longer warranty and slightly better infotainment – so it’s the winner here and one of the best EV superminis around.
2nd: Vauxhall Corsa-e
The Vauxhall’s lower-quality cabin, smaller boot and more cramped rear seats let it down somewhat, but in most other areas it’s good. The 100kW rapid charging is a big bonus as it’ll reduce time spent waiting around, and it has enough range for daily use. It’s agile, nippy and quite fun to drive as well, so it’s worth a look if you’re after a small EV.
|Renault ZOE i GT Line R135 ZE 50 Rapid Charge||Vauxhall Corsa-e Elite Nav 7.4kW|
|Motor||Single electric motor||Single electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive||Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive|
|Battery capacity (total / usable)||55 / 52 kWh||50 / 45 kWh|
|Power / torque||133bhp / 245Nm||134bhp / 260Nm|
|0-30 / 0-62mph||3.6 / 9.5 sec||2.8 / 8.1 secs|
|100% charge cost at 14p/kWh||£7.92||£7.20|
|Charging capability||2.3 / 7.4 / 22 / 50kW||7.4 / 22 / 50 / 100kW|
|Charge time||34h 30min / 9h 25min / 3h / 1h 10min||7h 30min / 5h / 45min / 30min|
|Official electric range||238 miles||209 miles|
|On-test electric range||203 miles||171 miles|
|Road tax / BiK rate||£0 / 0%||£0 / 0%|
|Length / height / width / wheelbase||4,087 / 1,562 / 1,787mm / 2,588mm||4,060 / 1,433 / 1,765mm / 2,538mm|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||338 / 1,225 litres||267 / 1,076 litres|
In This Review
- 1IntroWhich of these two electric superminis makes the most sense for urban living, commuting and family life?
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe ZOE can go further than the Corsa-e on a single charge, but is slower to charge at public stations
- 3Running costs & warrantyBoth of these electric superminis will cost a whole lot less to run than an equivalent petrol model
- 4Performance & handlingWhile both cars are nippy and easy to drive, the Corsa-e is a bit more fun and the ZOE is more comfortable
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe ZOE inches ahead on interior quality, and smartphone connectivity bolsters both infotainment set-ups
- 6Space & practicalityThe Renault ZOE is the more practical choice here; the Corsa-e has less room for passengers
- 7Safety & reliablityThe Renault is slightly safer, while neither should be unreliable
- 8Verdict & specifications - currently readingThe Renault ZOE outshines the Vauxhall Corsa-e in several key areas, but it’s a fairly close result