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Renault ZOE vs rivals

Is Renault’s electric ZOE a better bet than its EV and hybrid rivals?

Electric cars are a long way from making fuel stations a thing of the past, but could the new Renault ZOE be the most convincing zero-emissions vehicle yet?

Renault has designed it as an electric car, rather than convert an existing model – and says it sets new standards for range and driving dynamics. It’s affordable, too, at £13,995, plus £70 monthly battery rental.

To find out if it’s a game-changer, we’ve put the £15,195 Dynamique Zen up against the Nissan Leaf – the current electric car benchmark – which has been updated and had its prices slashed. You can now get behind the wheel of a Leaf for just £15,990, with a similar £70 per month battery rental.

But is either better than the Toyota Yaris Hybrid? It can run in electric mode, yet its petrol-electric powertrain eliminates range anxiety. Plus, its CO2 emissions of 79g/km are the lowest of any regular supermini.

Every verdict for an electric car test comes with an obvious caveat: to consider one, your motoring needs have to fit into a very narrow set of specific circumstances, in particular short trips and access to charging facilities.


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