Renault ZOE Wins 2017 What Car? Best EV Award For Fourth Consecutive Year

JAN 15 2017 BY MARK KANE 8

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 versionBatteryCharge Time

(0-80%, 43kW chargepoint)

Charge Time

(0-100%, 7kW at home)







Expression Nav R90 22kW22kWh1h004h0071106149
Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.4041kWh1h407h25124186250
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.4041kWh1h 058h25112174230
Signature Nav R90 Z.E.4041kWh1h 407h25124186250
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.4041kWh1h 058h25112174230

Ownership Information & Pricing

ZOE versionBIK

(band %)


(NEDC miles)



Ins. groupPrice

(after PiCG)*

Expression Nav R90 22kW7%149ATBC£13,995
Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.407%250ATBC£17,845
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.407%230ATBC£18,595
Signature Nav R90 Z.E.407%250ATBC£19,895
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.407%230ATBC£20,645

*= plus monthly battery lease

Ownership Information & Pricing – Full Purchase

ZOE versionBIK

(band %)


(NEDC miles)



Ins. groupPrice

(after PiCG)

iExpression Nav R90 22kW7%149ATBC£18,995
iDynamique Nav R90 Z.E.407%250ATBC£23,445
iDynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.407%230ATBC£24,195
iSignature Nav R90 Z.E.407%250ATBC£25,495
iSignature Nav Q90 Z.E.407%230ATBC£26,245

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8 Comments on "Renault ZOE Wins 2017 What Car? Best EV Award For Fourth Consecutive Year"

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Notice the complexity between R90 and Q90 models.

R90: 186 mile summer range with 1 hour 40 mins charge time (149 miles)

Q90: 174 miles, 1 hour 5 mins (139 miles)

A range v charging time trade off. Unless charging at home.

“A) the ZOE is a really great EV offering or,
B) the competition is really terrible.”
I’d say both. Leaf looks a bit like Megane II which I also don’t like. i3 even looks more horrible, e-Golf has IIRC less range, …

“[…] whilst retaining fast charging times at an accessible price.”
Interesting. In Germany, only the very first Zoes (before 1st facelift) can charge with ca. 40kW = even with 41kWh battery max. 22kWh. But at home, you can charge with 11/22kWh (ok, probably an other power supply network system is the actual reason).


Never been able to understand why this beats the Model S for best electric car at *any price*. I’ve heard similar sentiments from CAR Magazine, and it’s basically just because it’s the cheapest competent EV.

The near-200-mile battery in the new ZE40 is an achievement, but we have LG Chem to thank for that.

The Model S is a very large car for European standards. It’s not a good fit for their local market, and therefore it is a tough call for them to recommend it. Even if you set price aside.

You ever driven in Europe before? 😛 Seen some of our tiny roads?

>> The near-200-mile [124 mile in winter] battery in the new [slow-charging version of the] ZE40 is an achievement <<

It's good, an improvement for sure. But there are caveats.

Best EV under £20,000? Only the 22kw battery version (not l9ng range) is under £20k, even with the grant. That stupid magazine forgot that the batteries are extra on the non i-models.

Well, well. Look at all those negative comments. Where do you find an ev with this range for the quarter of the price of the cheapest Tesla? I rest my case.