should you fall for the queen of electrics?

The Zoe was launched in 2013 as a small versatile car the size of the Clio. Phase 1 is operational until 2019, first under the name Q90 (Q210 then R240 engines) with a range of 130 km on the road and 80 km on the motorway, then under the name R90 (88 hp) and R110 ZE 40 whose autonomy reaches 206 km on the road and 135 km on the motorway.

ZE 40 corresponds to the 40 kWh battery (today 50 kWh). Aesthetically and internally, there is no evolution.

Four trim levels

From the start until 2021, Zoé is sold in four classic finishes from the diamond manufacturer: Life, Zen and Intens, to which we add Edition One for the first year of marketing. Life is equipped with manual air conditioning (heat pump), cabin heating programming, regenerative braking, a charger and the cord for fast charging.

Zen adds regulated air conditioning and the R-Link audio system; in addition, Zoé receives an under-inflation detector and automatic lighting of the lights; there is also a hands-free card, rear parking assistance and electric rear windows.

Edition One also adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and a reversing camera.

Zoe’s trunk is a decent size with 338 dm3. You have to take into account the bulk of the charging cables if you want to leave with luggage. Considered a second car from the household, it offers a decent volume for the rear passengers.

2019, another world

The new generation of Zoé is called R110 and R135 and has a 52 kWh battery. This allows it to cover almost 400 km in the city without recharging and the autonomy on the road reaches 280 km. In addition to normal charging at 22.5 kW, new Zoe optionally incorporates fast charging up to 50 kW direct current.

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Very comfortable in town, which is its primary vocation, it shows a good fit on the road with pleasant road holding and significantly improved hearing comfort.

Until 2018, the Zoé received three different engines: 57 kW (75 hp) R75 with 22 kW charger; the 65 kW (92 hp) R90 with 22 kW charger and a slightly less powerful Q90 (88 hp) but more energy-consuming and therefore less efficient in terms of autonomy.

Recent opportunity

If you appreciate the recent occasion, the Zoé since October 2019 benefits from a new platform which brings an improvement in acoustic comfort by the addition of insulation foams.

The filtration of road irregularities is becoming more efficient, especially with the arrival of adapted suspensions. Comfort also goes through a redesigned dashboard with improved ergonomics.

Thanks to its new electrical architecture, Zoé gets a fully digital 10-inch driver screen. On the center console sits the optional 7-inch or 9.3-inch EasyLink tablet. Via EasyConnect, the EasyLink map is automatically updated twice a year.

New dashboard, high quality materials, adoption of EasyLink… the ZOE 2 is moving upmarket. Via EasyConnect, the EasyLink map is automatically updated twice a year. With Apple CarPlay and Android replication, you can benefit from MyRenault on the smartphone. Photo Renault

Watch out for the battery

First point of attention if you buy second-hand, the battery; before 2020, the battery is rented. A charge that should be included in your calculations: €69/month for 7,500 km/year.

Since April 2021, the car is sold with the battery. It is the only possibility. The advantage of leasing is that the battery is systematically changed if the charge capacity is less than 75%.

If the battery is purchased, it is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km. But you have to reckon with an additional cost since the battery is billed at €8,900. Finally, in the event of rental, you must insure the battery with your insurer in addition to the monthly rental. You have to do your accounts.

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Choose the right version

It is also worth paying attention to the versions. You find Zoe equipped with a normal charging system and others with a fast charge; a model to favor if you do a little road or if you do not have a wallbox available.

Finally, if you buy second-hand, no ecological bonus but the possibility of obtaining the conversion bonus. The reference tax income (tax share) is the key to the calculation. You can find the information on the website of Public service. Regional aids can also work.

Decent reliability

The Zoé is not free from faults, most often corrected, especially in the first years such as engine replacements, under warranty. Other problems are well known, such as the loader which can wear out prematurely or the rapid wear of the front tires or even malfunctions of the R-Link system.

As always, good maintenance is the key… You must use the Renault Zoé regularly, otherwise the batteries will wear out prematurely. Also consider the battery warranty.

The first Zoé dating from 2013, the battery is no longer guaranteed. So count on more recent versions by checking the load capacity.

Some examples of announcements

  • Zoe R90 22 kWh Intens – 2016 – 36026 km – €8,489;
  • R90 41 kWh Intens – 2017 – 63,625 km – €9,990;
  • R90 41 kWh Intens – 2017 – 64,247 km – €9,990;
  • R90 41 kWh Life – 2019 – 30,500 km – €11,490;
  • Q90 fast charge Life – 2018 – 19,194 km – €9,900;
  • R110 52 kWh battery rental – 12,047 km – €14,290;
  • R110 full purchase Intens – 2019 – 5,834 km – €20,490.

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