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Renault Zoe E-Tech 2023 on test

The Renault Zoe as a trendsetter for entry into electromobility at Renault already has a small tradition. In the last NCAP crash test from December 2021, the base model Zoe "Zen" did not get a single star in the overall rating. The shock at Renault must have been very deep, because the first test in 2013 was still a full 5 stars. However, the revised safety standards in the crash test now make the basic model look significantly worse. Renault reacted to this with the current revision of the price list.

You won't find the basic versions that could be ordered earlier in the current price list. Instead of the previous basic models, the equipment variant E-Tech Evolution is now the cheapest entry-level model. And a comprehensive assistance package to increase safety was also included here. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Emergency Brake Assist were not part of the basic equipment in the NCAP test version. These components are now standard equipment in the new basic model. A look at the new price list shows an improved price-performance ratio. This means that the Zoe can score points again at the NCAP.

Renault Zoe E-Tech

The Renault ZOE, updated last year, is still a popular electric car in Europe and Germany. With the new equipment variants, it makes fewer compromises than before when it comes to electromobility: The basic model ZOE E-Tech Evolution starts at a list price of 36.840 euros with a 52 kWh battery capacity and enables a range of up to 395 kilometers. All base models are already equipped with one-pedal mode for comfortable driving, a noise simulator for warning pedestrians and full LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights.

If you value more power, you should choose the equipment level of the Zoe E-Tech Evolution in conjunction with the more powerful R135 engine with 100 kW/135 hp for 37.480 euros. The equipment package has once again been significantly expanded technically with a blind spot warning system, a speed warning system and the EASY LINK online multimedia system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

The Zoe E-Tech Iconic with the R135 electric motor and the 52 kWh lithium-ion battery remains in the range as a top version at a price of 39.690 euros. The top model is based on all of the components mentioned above in combination with the winter package. Accordingly, the Easy Link 9,3-inch infotainment system with navigation, automatic air conditioning, reversing camera and heating for the seats and steering wheel are included. The special features of the Iconic equipment are also the parking system and the larger aluminum rims.

Optional extras as the icing on the cake

In addition to the equipment packages on offer, there are also some interesting optional extras for the Renault Zoe, whom we introduce again here.

The DC charging port

The CCS charging connection (50 kW DC) for rapid charging with direct current should actually be part of the basic equipment. Renault is once again paying well for it. In any case, from our point of view, the DC charging connection is the most important resale argument in view of the future competitive situation and is available for € 1.100. The charging cable for the home is also charged an extra 500 euros.

The winter package

Although the winters have been comparatively mild in recent years, a heated steering wheel and, above all, heated seats can provide a more comfortable driving experience even when the outside temperature is less than 10 degrees. The surcharge of 450 euros upgrades the car again. (Standard equipment on the Riviera model!)

Aluminum loading sill protection

If you want to better protect the upper part of the rear bumper, you can do it directly with this practical and custom-made loading sill protector. With the chrome version, you also set an eye-catcher at the rear of the vehicle for 78 euros.

driving impressions

We have tested the Zoe extensively over the past few years. With the Zoe, you can conveniently switch between the dynamic D mode and the B recuperation mode while driving using the new selector lever in the center console. The redesigned center console with a large, high-resolution display is now more ergonomic than in the previous model. All functions can be called up via the touchscreen and can also be easily adjusted while driving. Underneath there is a practical divider with shelves of different sizes and an easily accessible charging compartment for the smartphone. And behind it, of course, two drinks holders for the driver and front passenger.

Renault Zoe steering wheel display
Renault Zoe steering wheel display

The speed settings are limited to the speed limit and the cruise control to determine the driving speed. It is activated via the multifunction steering wheel on the left by pressing a button. A blind spot warning is part of the equipment and is a relieving factor for safe long-distance driving. The update for the EASY-LINK system contains the installation of navigation and software updates directly from the manufacturer. The system was expanded to include an address search via Google and TomTom services, as well as traffic reports, danger zone information and weather at the destination.

Anyone planning longer routes can also familiarize themselves with the most energy-efficient route planning. Route planning takes into account the nearest charging stations and their availability and, when selecting the route, determines the remaining range, taking into account topography and outside temperature. In combination with the “MY Renault” app, some convenience features can also be set via the app, such as pre-air conditioning for the interior, the reservation of suitable charging stations or route planning.

In our current summer test, we were able to achieve a range of between 20 and 350 kilometers at temperatures above 380 degrees in ECO mode with a full battery. Anyone who is a bit sportier without ECO mode is a good 300 kilometers in summer. This means that the Zoe is sufficiently equipped for the daily commute to work or to do the shopping.


In the configuration we tested with the large battery pack, the compact Zoe has an extensive package of assistance systems. In addition to the presented blind spot warning system, the reversing camera, the lane departure warning system and the acoustic parking aids are plus points on daily trips. The tinted windows for the rear seat and the rear window are practical. The current version of the Zoe is a practical and easy-to-use small car.

N. Hawthorn

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