Renault Zoe review - the best value for money EV in 2020!
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This is the new Renault Zoe!
Renault’s updated the Zoe to give it some new tech, tweak the design, and more importantly, they’ve fitted a new battery and motor to give it better range!
Of course, we’re not short on choice when it comes to the small EV market, with competition like the Peugeot e208 and MINI Electric already standing out from the crowd. So does the new Zoe have what it takes to go one better and become the must-have small EV of 2020?
Check out Mat’s latest review to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:35 Price
01:10 Exterior Design
03:02 Battery & Motor
03:55 0 - 60mph
04:35 Interior Design
06:16 Back Seats
07:29 Boot
08:38 Practicality
10:02 Five Annoying Things
11:51 Five Good Things
13:09 Town Driving
16:00 Motorway Driving
16:58 Twisty Road Driving
17:42 Trims
18:33 Infotainment
19:49 Verdict
Renault Zoe Specifications - GT Line Trim:
Battery - 52kWh
Range - 245 miles
Top Speed - 87mph
Acceleration - 9.5 seconds
Power - 135hp
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  • carwow

    So would you choose the new Zoe over the Peugeot e208 or MINI Electric?!

    • Hh Zz
      Hh Zz

      Yes, the Zoe is an absolute brilliant car, solid, comfy, complete, nav is good, perfect voice control, long range, silent, reliable, enough space (much more than Mini and 208), good charging. I like it a lot!

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott

      MODEL 3 BASE is still Better than a ZOE or MINI. and once GF4 Berlin begins making Deliveries , its going to be GAME OVER for ALL European LEGACY car makers.

    • nomoreheroes93

      From the preview Matt showed of your app it seemed like the "carwow" saving included the Government Grant, which is super misleading. Will that be fixed?

    • Guadaloupemelontrrr

      Already ordered the new Zoe.

    • A Google User
      A Google User

      MG ZS EV?

  • Mason Wyatt
    Mason Wyatt

    2020 Clio next !!!!!!

  • Abdou Adjimi
    Abdou Adjimi

    The last car i want to buy is a Renault 😂

  • Matthew Pitt
    Matthew Pitt

    Nobody ever charges from 0-100%. More realistic rapid charge timing would be how long it takes from 20-80% which is what you'd do on a roadtrip. It's probably about 40mins so a lunch stop at a service station.

  • Andrew Gardner
    Andrew Gardner

    I can loads of small component sharing with other Renault brands like Dacia etc

  • Ankur Mehrotra
    Ankur Mehrotra

    This was my favorite rental car until a few months ago when it decided to simply stop on a highway, with errors which made no sense. Maybe the new model is nicer but it feels like a cheaper car inside for that price. Usually I am not a fan of Matt's cribbing about plasticiky bits, but here he is spot on! The good part, when it runs its very easy to handle, very quiet (duh!) and its probably a good city car. On motorway, I felt it struggles. It is an entry level car and at that its very good.

  • ThePuffin77

    Those 15" alloy wheels look suspiciously like steel wheels with hub caps.

  • Con Chalmers
    Con Chalmers

    Best value for money? Are you aware of MG?

  • Dan Chatka
    Dan Chatka

    Seems like a good car for the money, and for narrow streets.

  • Frazing

    Matt у тебя крутой канал. Нам не хватает твоего британского акцента.

  • Osquar

    So if you live in a flat you're screwed.

  • fadzlen kadir
    fadzlen kadir

    Matt and Yianni drag race in these cars...

  • beast cfuhroenvruhofcnrvhurfevneouff
    beast cfuhroenvruhofcnrvhurfevneouff

    thats not the cheapest electric car

  • Mark Dickson
    Mark Dickson

    I thought I really liked this vehicle and may be good for my mother. Hell no, those seats and no armrests, the boot, in fact the entire car looks like too many corners cut to reach its price which may have been ok a few years ago but much better quality on offer for similar money now.

  • Ken Neely
    Ken Neely

    Oh Mr. Mat. You so funny.

  • The Rusted Pixel
    The Rusted Pixel

    Ok, car reviewers, stop complaining about fake exhausts already! Here's a car without any and it looks like it's wearing a huge nappy. Give me fake exhausts any day. Even on an electric! Just don't give my car a nappy.

  • Graham, King of the Britons!
    Graham, King of the Britons!

    It needs 150 kW DC charging, no EV should take over 30mins to rapid charge to 80%. Plus it looks really girly.

  • William Correia
    William Correia

    I would only buy this car if I had a specific purpose for it such as living in central London where I could benefit every bloody day from its £30k cost. For everyone else in this country it just looks like a Renault kinder egg style cheap finishing car with Mercedes price

  • Florian J
    Florian J

    This interior is one of the cheapest I've ever seen and this car costs in Germany at least 31.000€! That's rubbish

  • Shane Blackburn
    Shane Blackburn

    26 fucking grand

  • Simon Swan
    Simon Swan

    Lots of comments say it expensive for a cheap car and it is in a way. But you can't compare it to other 30k petrol cars. Its not 30k really. Grant and CARWOW make 22k and of that about 8k is the battery (approx price per Kw is £160 x 50kw battery) So the rest of the car is £14k ish. Now you can buy a BRAND NEW renault petrol engine (Megane) for less than £1500, although not retail from your Renault dealer. So is any Megane available for £15k? Nope. Batteries are VERY expensive so until that is sorted electric cars will cost alot more than the equivalent ICE car, its just the way it is. I think the Zoe is a nice if slighlty bland and unadventurous looking car. It could just be a petrol hatchback. But electric hatches with a 200 mile range kind of cost this much. The sum is simple Smaller battery = cheaper but less range.

  • Kevan Crossin
    Kevan Crossin

    Add 10k and get entry level cyber truck not an electric wheel barrow.

  • Parvez Ahmed Jalil
    Parvez Ahmed Jalil

    Shows how the ICE manufacturers are unable to compete on price when it comes to battery tech and costs.. Hence they have to cut corners on quality elsewhere to lower costs.. E. g crap interior and seats 😂

  • tugan bolatlı
    tugan bolatlı

    I'm Just thinking have you ever give a verdict about avoiding a car, you Just allways give a verdict of shortlisting...

  • jayna reynolds
    jayna reynolds

    Musk just announced his newest electric car will cost only $25,000.00!

  • Rajat Patel
    Rajat Patel

    U didn't removed the plastic cover from screen cleaner cloth so that explains why it didn't work😅

  • Mono Vision Fobia
    Mono Vision Fobia

    In snowy conditions charging point in front is sheit. Some manufactures underestimate how dangerous it is driving through the winter reversing to away ice clogging chargepoint.

  • Sulia

    Wtf.. a sticker in the door?? 🤣😂🤣

  • Bogdan

    I'm more interested into your electric scooter, 😁where can i buy one from and how it called so i can have a look online?

  • JIN Khan
    JIN Khan

    now MATT understand tht why automobile makers add fake vents in their cars...!!!

  • Tim Rogers
    Tim Rogers

    It's a Renault. No thanks.

  • hsm_presents

    £1000 extra for circa 2009 50kW charging. This is 2020 today 150kW needs to be entry level charging.

  • Steven Yoo
    Steven Yoo

    the problem with renault's center screens is that it's way too far from any elbow rest and you end up trying to use it with your arms fully extended without any support. slightest shakes make aiming your finger an immensely annoying task.

  • OLgoods

    30k? For this? Huh?

    • Simon Swan
      Simon Swan

      Well it not 30k really. Grant and CARWOW make 22k and of that about 8k is the battery (approx price per Kw is £160 x 50kw battery) So the rest of the car is £14k ish. Now you can buy a BRAND NEW renault petrol engine (Megane) for less than £1500, although not retail from your Renault dealer. So is any Megane available for £15k? Nope. Batteries are VERY expensive so until that is sorted electric cars will cost alot more than the equivalent ICE car, its just the way it is.

  • Nigel Weir
    Nigel Weir

    This review is total crap , must have been sponsored by vw , Audi , seat , oh yes vw group

  • Nigel Weir
    Nigel Weir

    Another crap review , more interested in making stupid comments

  • Aiden Bagshaw
    Aiden Bagshaw

    Not only am I not in the market to buy a new car, I don’t even live in a part of the world where this car is for sale. So why did I watch this?

  • E K
    E K

    Uncomfortable seating, large impractical boot, weird door handles, unsafe seat belt latching, and unresponsive steering for over £580 per kWh.

  • Silberschutz

    i really love renault, i drive a clio gt gt 5 years old. But man those seats are a big turnoff.

  • Mark Plott
    Mark Plott

    carwow - the Renult ZOE is just a ICEV car body on a BEV Drivetrain. its NOT that Efficient and its NOT as SAFE as a Tesla model 3 is. Renult ZOE is NOT made with 1st Principles in ENGERNERRING .

  • bradley lappin
    bradley lappin

    When You do the infotainment system can you do a sound test pls as none are on the internet for the Bose system

  • Gowtham V
    Gowtham V

    ID3 review when ?

  • S Bassett
    S Bassett

    So what if you costs £5 to charge it up as I reckon depreciation will be at about £1000 a month!

  • Daniel Skiv
    Daniel Skiv

    Can you make a video on how much it cost a minute at the fuel stations to charge EVs cars at the different charge rates i.e super chargers vs standard chargers.

  • Paul Prosser
    Paul Prosser

    Spec it with 17" wheels and then try it on a twisty road. The difference is amazing.

    • Edwin Smith
      Edwin Smith

      Really do the 17” really make a big difference over the 16”?

  • Wolfies Wheels
    Wolfies Wheels

    Wow, I thought I’d been harsh on my channel when I reviewed our own Zoe but this is in a whole new league! But I don’t disagree with anything that Matt says. The Leaf ride must be horrendous if it’s worse than the Zoe. But TBH as a first electric car, it’s pretty good overall. It’s not really a £30,000 car though, more a £15,000 car with a £15,000 battery pack.

  • F F
    F F

    £30k for a tiny car where no one can sit comfortably and where you have to wait for an hour and a half at a service station to re-charge on the way home from a long journey.You can get a half decent ICE car twice the size for that sort of money. I just don't see the attraction of electric cars. What if you don't have a drive way or garage ? You can't charge it overnight.It's an expensive and flawed technology and definitely not a replacement for the ICE.

  • Matteo Tortello
    Matteo Tortello


  • Cyrus

    Is it just me or there were absolutely no Positives about this car?😂j

  • gautam bhonjo
    gautam bhonjo

    Most bizarre looking car ..🤢 yuk

  • Keith Dunderdale
    Keith Dunderdale

    No height adjustment on the drivers seat on a 30k £ car what where Renault thinking?? Tried one and could not get a comfortable position so walked away from it at the dealership

  • Petar Maksimovic
    Petar Maksimovic

    Come again, how much for that tiny funny car? It can be powered by magic itself that's insane.

  • Anton Sion
    Anton Sion

    This is one incredibly overpriced vehicle

  • Tom Dz
    Tom Dz

    Nearly 30K for such a crappy tiny car...Where is motor industry going...

    • Tarik Ajvazi
      Tarik Ajvazi

      Yeah, I mean you could buy a new vw t roc r line, or used audi q5(new model)

    • tavi921

      That's the problem right now with electric cars. Entry level ones aren't that great and they're really expensive.

  • fireoil

    2:28 to summarize

  • fireoil

    I like how they took the design from the Hot racing prototype version

  • ZakkuEmanyueru

    old cars had no fake vents, but they had great body shapes... it is not about the fake vents, it is about the shape of the bumpers... it is like overweight women can be beautiful as long as they have a nice shape...not just a blob...

  • cenelux

    the finger print is a design gimmick... It's the finger print of the Zoe designer.

  • Martin Kurtev
    Martin Kurtev

    Mat: This car is complete crap. But you should shortlist it. Sure.

  • zonki

    So basicly this is city car for girl vegans

  • Nathan Alder
    Nathan Alder

    Just looks so ugly

  • Benrie Fourie
    Benrie Fourie

    @carwow 5:14 Sterio controls. Haven driven 100k+ km in my Ford's with sterio controls on the steering and now having a Renault Duster for 30k km , the sterio controls behind the steering is so stupid, until you get used to it and you realise its actually better that on the steering , much better.

  • Dmitry L
    Dmitry L

    e208 vs eCorsa vs Zoe vs eMini drag race?

  • gstrhoem gs
    gstrhoem gs

    I love this car ❤❤

  • Unicornul Sarvy
    Unicornul Sarvy

    Why the f does it has an automatic gear box? They really spent timeakimg it unreliable

    • Edwin Smith
      Edwin Smith

      All electric cars have a single cvt gearbox. 😂 They are pretty much bulletproof and far more reliable than traditional gearboxes.

  • Unicornul Sarvy
    Unicornul Sarvy

    Is still to expensive

  • Tz 6
    Tz 6

    Looks a bit daft but better than the first shape horror. Why can't they make cool electric cars in style? They always make them goofy.

  • I dance for pennies
    I dance for pennies

    It's an expensive pile of junk. PSA needs to go bankrupt now now now.

  • xr6lad

    Honestly. Why do you review these. Half the population live in apartments or housing with only on street parking. Why do you never address the fact that electric cars are some of the most unrealistic vehicles going around until you can pull up at a fuel station, plug in and recharge within 5 minutes like a petrol car. No one in those sort of housing are going to drive around and find a charging and sit there at a charging station for 1.5 hours.

  • o362436o

    Dammit Watson, you got the units for battery capacity (size) and charging power (speed) mixed up again. Battery capacity is in kilowatt-hours. Charging power is in kilowatts. Hopefully next time?

  • Joe Maddox
    Joe Maddox Ever heard of the rare 100 GTUs rx7s? Only 40 have ever been claimed and only 7 are confirmed at the time of this posting! Here are the rarest rx7 FC3S models: 1500 10AE Turbo models 1400 infini 1000 winning limited 150 final edition convertible 100 GTUs... out of that 100: 83 red on black 10 black on black 7 white on blue There was only 100 GTUs models created between 1989 and 1991. If you own one of these rare models sign your car up to the registry list here on any of the rotary forums! There are rumors about a restamped GTUs model... The entire origins GTUs owners thread on the rx7club was modified, icemarks claims deleted, registry list changed to have a confirmed section and the mods agree there are not enough GTUs models to have the restamped. Icemark cites himself while making up the claims almost 20 years ago. 😆 There are no restamped GTUs models, only GTU. Stop spreading false information. There are only 100 GTUs models made, only 40ish have been claimed to have been found, only 7 have been confirmed! If you have a real GTUs you can register it here!

  • Alex Mar
    Alex Mar

    Still a Renault... how's the reliability in 2 or 3 years?!

  • Car V Car
    Car V Car

    Hi i have made this youtube channel all about car rivals. If you want to have a look feel free it would be much welcomed.

  • MetalVII

    2:28 - Renault’s new slogan.

  • Tobias de Oliveira
    Tobias de Oliveira

    Ok, French cars are rubbish. Nevertheless it's much more evident when Matt reviews them.

    • fireoil

      Jeremy Clarkson intensify

  • James Conathan
    James Conathan

    Mat: *complains for 10 minutes straight* “...and that brings me on to 5 annoying things about the Zoe!”

  • Chris P1
    Chris P1

    So why exactly would you get this car over the Id3?

  • OB1 athome
    OB1 athome

    I’d rather have a second hand Aston Martin for £30,000

  • NOCH

    It boggles my mind that there are still cars being delivered with touch screen interfaces that are laggy and slow when iPads nailed the performance a decade ago.

  • Laplace's demon
    Laplace's demon

    so it's slow, impractical, poorly made and expensive. Interesting.

  • Laplace's demon
    Laplace's demon

    3:50 - 1 speed automatic gearbox? How does that work? :D

    • Ludovic Raharison
      Ludovic Raharison

      Put it on Drive then let it go. You don't feel the "gear changes" like inside a regular automatic. Acceleration feels more linear.

  • Mark Tolley
    Mark Tolley

    Hi when are you reviewing the New Ford Kuga?????

  • Car Reviews by Mohammed Aryan
    Car Reviews by Mohammed Aryan

  • The_ Druid00
    The_ Druid00

    Nevermind poke it with a stick .. hit it

  • Nechita Stefan
    Nechita Stefan

    the thing with the unadjustable driver seat just killed my interest

  • Tommy

    somtimes cant quite get the verdict, a quite shitty car but to shortlist it. avoid the BMW m8 gran coupe but shortlist this Zoe

    • ꌗꀤꈤꍏꈤ ꎇꍏꀸꀤ
      ꌗꀤꈤꍏꈤ ꎇꍏꀸꀤ

      He said better to go for M850i grand coupè since suspension ain't that comfy

  • Chris S.
    Chris S.

    I wanted to like it but the total ownership cost ist more expensive than a corolla (at least in germany). Thats a way better car and with all the fuel it's consuming and the taxes you pay more its weird that it's cheaper in total.

  • Frank Stocker
    Frank Stocker

    Great review, I prefer to know all the negatives rather than find them out after the sale.

  • The Wolf
    The Wolf

    Mate , the reason it did 0-60 in one second less is the driver being skinnier than normal people !

  • 22vx

    Awww no bloopers

  • BaNdIt

    Have these at work. Absolutely terrible car to drive, sit in or be near. Uncomfortable, noisy and your can feel your soul dissipating for each breath you take in it's vicinity. Sorry, but why anyone would get this is beyond me.

  • 3dgar 7eandro
    3dgar 7eandro

    19:58 I think I'm going to consider make a little effort and buy a Tesla Model 3 😎...😂😂😂👏👌

  • 3dgar 7eandro
    3dgar 7eandro

    And this is how England declared war to France 😅😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👏👌

  • Victor Hugo
    Victor Hugo

    xpeng::: we invest the 2 billion raised so far, to allow financing for 7 years of our batteries tesla: hold my beer, we cash out 5 billion on the entire robinhood and sherwood forest investors, about 15 powerball lotto wins, and our messiah will bank about a billion of that stash, and that is just this month, we will be cashing out another 5 billion after battery day orgy party, and please keep pay 10,000 dollars for a full superpilot software, which is pure profit for us

  • MrBrado380

    Saw the new Kuga in there, review soon? 😃

  • Shanti

    I bought it, and sold it. The Zoe Phase 1 was better in many ways, except battery and infotainment obviously. Now they saved money on almost everything. Oh yeah. And the light got improved... And it is good, but one of the worst LEDs on the market. Charging is awful. Why on earth would they sell them with only 50kW (that you will never ever come even close to) and no ACC when the other companies go with 100kW and ACC for less money?! Infotainment is still awful. It's just an improvement to the older one. Software fails you in every point it possibly can. Automatic High beam dazzles the traffic for mostly more than 2-3 seconds, and more often than not, it just wont turn off the high beam at all, while my Golf GTE often sees cars, before I do, predicting them according to the lighting. This leads to very rare false predictions where no car came, and high beam was off for a few seconds, but it doesnt really matter. almost never happens. Car connectivity via smartphone does NOT work. Still doesn't. You can't heat or cool your car using the app right now, and I wonder if you ever will. You also can't program the climate control. I mean, the options are there, the car just wont apply them. Btw, on ZOE Phase 1, there was a button for pre heating/cooling. And a button to open the charge cap and unlock the cable. all on the keycard. Now they went cheap and use the same key card as clio V & co. Thanks your the useless Headlight button and trunkbutton which doesn't do sht. Just no. I went for a VW GTE until the VW ID.3 Tour with 77kWh is out. The GTE will then be driven by my parents to slowly convince them to e-mobility. But not to Renault. Props for entering the market early, Renault. But the Phase 2 is one heck of an expensive city car, sold as a cheap allrounder. Oh yeah. Charging speed was never higher than 43kW and went below 40kW as soon as it hit 30% SoC. And boy did it drop fast. WELL, Tesla Model 3 with 50kWh handles 120kW and charges above 50 kW up until about 70-80% SoC. Renault doesn't seem to care if many batteries are owned now. They propably have a very VERY sensitive Battery Management, that is set to keep batteries living for basicly centuries. To get as much money out of them as possible. Would just be nice if owned batteries could at least reach the 50kW peak and hold it till at least 60% SoC. Thats just my alu hat opinion btw. I don't see any other reason for this horrible charging ability. The fact that CCS is optional, and its that dam expensive, even indirectly speaks for that as well. If you want a car that is like a Zoe, but better, go for Peugeot e-208 or wait for a very young used ID.3 Or wait even longer for the ID.3 with smaller battery.^^

  • Steven Merchant
    Steven Merchant

    29k for a clio…? Why are electric cars so expensive still. Surly the battery's can't still be ridiculously expensive? Plus there is sooo many less parts for electric vehicles. I donr understand where the price for this comes from at all

  • NuSpirit

    Wait a second - the steering wheel, controls, A/C and central dash are from Dacia Duster? :O

  • Andy Turner
    Andy Turner

    When will car manufacturers actually put some effort into electric cars? They half arse them and then slap a really expensive price tag on them.

  • Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness
    Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

    one does not need fake vents, only a cleverly designed bumper