The Renault ZOE once again shines at the What Car? Awards in the UK, receiving the title of Best Electric Car under £20,000 for the fourth consecutive year.  We suppose this means one of two things:

A) the ZOE is a really great EV offering or, B) the competition is really terrible.

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

The ZOE also won the Best Electric Car overall, and was a finalist for the Technology Award.

As compared to previous years, it was easier to receive the accolade for the 2017 edition because of the new battery upgrade found in the  ZOE ZE 40, which increases the real world range of the car to a very impressive 300 km (186 miles).

As of today, Renault has sold more than 4,500 ZOE in UK.

"The Renault ZOE, fitted with the new Z.E.40 battery,  has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year by What Car?  as ‘Best Electric Car’, as well as ‘Best Electric Car for less than £20,000’ at an awards ceremony in London yesterday evening. The new ZOE which was also a finalist in the Technology Award provides almost double the previous storage capacity, delivering a 250-mile range (NEDC) whilst retaining fast charging times at an accessible price."

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Commenting on the decision to award the ZOE for a fourth consecutive year, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car? said:

“Given the rate of progress in this class during the past 12 months, this win shows just how much this recent update has improved the ZOE. Renault has kept everything that was already great about the ZOE: its practicality, tidy handling and standard kit.

Plus, while range is up dramatically, price isn’t. And to include many of the latest comfort and infotainment features as well as fast charging at this price makes the ZOE a truly brilliant all-rounder.”

Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Renault UK, said of the result:

“The new 2017 model year Renault ZOE now delivers the best range of any mainstream electric vehicle which, along with interior and exterior upgrades, continues to prove that zero emissions vehicles can be stylish, practical and comfortable. We’re delighted that What Car? has recognised the ZOE’s talents for the fourth year in a row by naming it their best electric car of the year.”

Renault ZOE offer lineup in the UK:

ZOE version Battery Charge Time (0-80%, 43kW chargepoint) Charge Time (0-100%, 7kW at home) Range (miles)(Winter) Range (miles)(Summer) Range (miles)(NEDC)
Expression Nav R90 22kW 22kWh 1h00 4h00 71 106 149
Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h40 7h25 124 186 250
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 05 8h25 112 174 230
Signature Nav R90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 40 7h25 124 186 250
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 05 8h25 112 174 230

Ownership Information & Pricing

ZOE version BIK (band %) Range (NEDC miles) VED (band) Ins. group Price (after PiCG)*
Expression Nav R90 22kW 7% 149 A TBC £13,995
Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £17,845
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £18,595
Signature Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £19,895
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £20,645

*= plus monthly battery lease

Ownership Information & Pricing – Full Purchase

ZOE version BIK (band %) Range (NEDC miles) VED (band) Ins. group Price (after PiCG)
iExpression Nav R90 22kW 7% 149 A TBC £18,995
iDynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £23,445
iDynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £24,195
iSignature Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £25,495
iSignature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £26,245