Renault Zoe Performs Like It’s Not Electric; Dubbed World’s Best Affordable Electric Vehicle
Consider us jealous. Extremely jealous.
There’s no chance the Renault Zoe will ever be sold in the US and that’s a shame because all signs seem to indicate that it’s perhaps the best all-around electric vehicle to date offered at a reasonable price.
Sales of the Zoe are now getting underway in Europe and, with that, test drives are starting to pour in. It seems almost unanimous from our thorough digging through of countless test drives that the Zoe is quite possibly the most well-rounded electric vehicle released to date.
Most reviewers are amazed by the Zoe’s ability to never remind drivers that it’s electric. Or, as one reviewer put it:
“Most of these [previous electric vehicles] feel similar to one another in that they don’t have the feel and feedback of a ICE-powered car, and usually suffer from the additional weight they’re forced to carry. But not the ZOE.”
And here are some words from one more glowing Zoe review:
“Behind the wheel the Zoe is just like any other car. There’s nothing ‘out-there’ about it. You put it into D for drive and away it goes. If you didn’t know it was electric, you’d just think it was an ultra quiet petrol-powered vehicle.”
The ride is compliant, the steering has suitable road feel and preciseness, the power and torque delivery is instant, acceleration is strong, brake feels is perhaps better than any electric vehicle to date, it’s serene inside and range easily exceeds the automaker’s claim. Those are the common remarks found across loads of reviews on the Renault Zoe.
One final quote:
“Overall the Renault Zoe joins the Nissan LEAF as the two main EVs that have real-world practical applications.”
But where the Nissan LEAF is often-faulted for its less-than-entertaining capabilities, the Renault Zoe is constantly praised for its fun-to-drive nature. So, could it be true that the Renault Zoe is the world’s premier affordable electric vehicle? Most reviews answer that question with an emphatic “Yes!”
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