Chic looks with excellent range

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IT feels as though new electric vehicles are hitting the market every day but the updated Renault Zoe is no latecomer jumping on the bandwagon. No, Renault has been producing electric vehicles for a while now, and the fact the latest Zoe packs a hugely impressive range into such a small package shows that the company has a refined concept on its hands.

While it might look like not much has changed, that is because Renault says the styling is one of the aspects of the car that buyers love. However, step inside and you can see that the interior has had a much more impressive update, and it doesn’t stop there.

Under the skin, there is a choice of new motors to power the Zoe, and the updated battery pack brings much more range.

There are two motors to choose from, badged R110 and R135, which provide 109 and 133bhp respectively. The more powerful motor has slightly less range at 239 miles, compared with 245 miles for the less powerful motor.

For those who come from a low-powered petrol supermini, the performance of the R135 will be thrilling. It’s at its best in town where the punchy performance makes it ideal for nipping in and out of traffic.

The electric-vehicle trump card is how quiet it is inside. The Zoe is no different, making it relaxing to drive even when traffic builds up. Its diminutive proportions make driving around town care-free too, and even potholed roads don’t unsettle the ride too much.

The front end has been given a slight makeover with a new front bumper with LED fog lights and C-shaped running lights that surround the LED headlights, while the rear lights are also LED – and that’s all standard equipment. Celadon Blue is one of a selection of new colours, and it looks fantastic.

The interior is the area that’s most obviously upgraded, with the steering wheel feeling good in your hands with easy-to-use multi-function controls, a clear and responsive 9.3-inch infotainment screen in the centre of the dash, and a detailed 10-inch digital instrument display.

The Renault Zoe is a smart, chic supermini, and its electric powertrain and impressive range for such a small car make it hugely appealing. It’s not cheap, but it’s reasonably priced for the electric-vehicle segment even if it is one of the smallest options.

Prices for the Renault Zoe start at £26,573 from Bagot Road Garage.

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