Vauxhall Corsa-e vs Renault ZOE: running costs and warranty
Both of these electric superminis will cost a whole lot less to run than an equivalent petrol model
Electric superminis like these are designed to be charged up at home overnight, so while public charging is expensive per mile, you can make serious savings by plugging in at home. It’s great for business users too, since in 2020/21 the rate for electric cars is zero per cent.
On an average electricity rate of 14.4p per kWh, a full charge will cost £7.20 for the Vauxhall and £7.92 for the Renault. This works out at £455 a year and £443 a year respectively over 12,000 miles, but that’s more than many EV drivers will do - so fuel costs are very affordable.
Both models were pretty efficient on our real-world test: the Corsa-e returned 3.8 miles per kWh and the ZOE returned 3.9 miles per kWh. This results in a range of 171 miles and 203 miles respectively, so if you have a short commute there would be no need to charge up every day.
Renault beats Vauxhall when it comes to the warranty, so you’ll avoid more potential repair costs over a longer ownership. The ZOE comes with five years or 100,000 miles of cover, while the Corsa-e only gets three years or 60,000 miles.
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 & warranty - currently readingBoth 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 & specificationsThe Renault ZOE outshines the Vauxhall Corsa-e in several key areas, but it’s a fairly close result