2020 Renault Zoe: prices, specs and release date

Renault has re-energised its all-electric Zoe ready for 2020 thanks to a larger battery pack, new motor and much more

James Wilson
Oct 29, 2019

Next year deliveries on the new Renault Zoe will begin. The revised all-electric hatchback is set to come with up to 245 miles of range and cost from £18,670 once the UK Government’s plug-in car grant has been taken off the price. To accompany the higher maximum range per charge, Renault has also added the option of 50kW rapid charging.

As an original member of the the first bout of mainstream electric vehicles (EVs), the Renault Zoe is an important car. In fact, more than 150,000 Zoes have been sold across Europe since the original’s launch back in 2012. Impressive for a car that does without petrol or diesel power completely.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £25,670 (battery included)
  • 245-mile range from 52kWh battery
  • 0-100% charge in three hours
  • Most powerful engine produces 134hp
  • Eight-year/100,00-mile warranty
  • Deliveries expected January 2020

While the recipe for its small, relatively affordable all-electric car has remained the same, Renault has changed the ingredients somewhat. For starters, the new Zoe is better equipped and there is now an option to have seats trimmed in a 100% recycled material.

Furthermore, the new Zoe’s exterior has been updated, with most of the changes bringing the styling in line with other models in the French carmaker’s range. Changes underneath the skin are present too, with Renault now offering a larger battery pack - ensuring that the car can travel further between plugs.

Read on for the full details on the 2020 Renault Zoe, including prices, range, performance, and more.

 

2020 Renault Zoe trims and specifications

For the UK market, Renault is offering the 2020 Zoe in three trim levels: Play, Iconic and GT-Line. In keeping with the trend that electric cars come well-equipped, Renault has ensured that even entry-level Play models are festooned with equipment.

To elaborate on this, Play models include as standard full LED headlights, air-conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen media display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility), 10-inch driver display, DAB radio, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and 15-inch wheels.

Next up are Iconic models. In addition to the equipment mentioned above, Iconic trim includes sat-nav, climate control, wireless phone charging (for compatible smartphones), electric rear windows, 100% recycled seat upholstery, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Also included is something Renault refers to as its advanced driver assistance systems (or ADAS, as the cool kids call it). ADAS brings lane departure warning, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition to help keep you in your lane and warn you of approaching hazards.

Range-topping GT-Line models go even further, promising a larger 9.3-inch central media display, synthetic leather seats with a recycled fabric insert, blind spot monitoring and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Over and above the equipment mentioned so far, there are a handful of desirable optional extras. For example, on Iconic and GT-Line models heated seats and steering wheel are available for £500 (as part of the Winter Pack). Likewise, handsfree parking and 17-inch alloy wheels are available on GT Line models for £350 and £500 respectively.

Perhaps most important for EV drivers, is that the option of rapid 50kW charging - unlocking faster recharging - is available for £750 on Iconic and GT Line models. As a final (free) bonus, all retail buyers of the new Zoe will be treated to a fully-installed 7kWh home charging wallbox. This means you can charge the car far quicker at home than if you simply connected it to any old plug socket.

2020 Renault Zoe rivals and alternatives

Despite rising sales, the EV market is still relatively small, meaning the Zoe doesn’t have that many direct rivals. Part of this is due to the fact electric cars are still quite expensive, so larger, more luxurious cars are more common – the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model S and Audi e-tron being proof as much.

That said, there are other relatively affordable electric cars on the market. One of the more popular is the slightly larger Nissan Leaf. As an overall package, the Leaf is arguably more appealing than the Zoe thanks to its greater levels of practicality, but then again, it is around £2,000 more expensive than a similarly equipped Zoe.

There are a handful of other small electric cars, such as the Smart EQ ForFour and Volkswagen e-Up, however none can touch the Zoe for all-round usability (range is a huge factor here) and value.

2020 Renault Zoe prices

There are a couple of things to consider when looking at Renault Zoe prices. Firstly, prices include a £3,500 government grant available for buying an electric car – this is commonly referred to as the plug-in electric car grant or PiCG.

Secondly, Renault sells the Zoe with or without batteries – in the case of the latter buyers then have to lease the batteries from Renault. The benefit is that if the battery capacity deteriorates so that it can no longer hold a certain amount of charge, Renault should replace it - free of charge. How much you pay for a battery lease depends on your expected annual mileage.

For the outgoing model battery lease costs started at £49 per month but that came with a low annual limit of 4,500 miles. Those looking to travel more could pay £110 per month to get an uncapped mileage allowance, with several mid-price options between them.

Order books for the 2020 Zoe are open now with UK deliveries expected from January 2020. With all that in mind, see the table below for a breakdown of the model prices with and without batteries, including that handy £3,500 PiCG discount.

ModelPrice without batteriesPrice with batteries
Play R110 Z.E.50£18,670£25,670
Iconic R110 Z.E.50£20,170£27,170
Iconic R135 Z.E.50£20,620£27,620
GT Line R135 Z.E.50£21,620£28,620

2020 Renault Zoe electric range

First things first, there are two different electrical powertrains available on the 2020 Zoe – the R110 Z.E.50 and R135 Z.E.50. The Z.E.50 part of the name refers to the new larger 52kWh battery pack, which is the same on both models. Meanwhile, R110 and R135 mainly refer to the motor, meaning there are two different units on offer.

As a consequence of the new 52kWh battery pack, the 2020 Zoe is claimed to be capable of a maximum range of 245 miles in entry-level R110 Z.E.50 form as found under the latest, more realistic economy testing procedure, known as WLTP. Renault is yet to confirm whether the larger R135 motor reduces maximum range.

The charging port, which fits both Type 2 and CCS plug types (the former being the European standard), is located behind the Renault badge on the front of the Zoe.

As standard, all models are capable of up to 22kW AC charging via Renault’s Chameleon charger, which is called as much as it will adapt to the charge point you are using to send the maximum amount of power to the battery.

For those who don’t opt to lease batteries, Renault includes an eight year/100,000-mile guarantee. For those that do lease, on the other hand, Renault will replace any batteries which lose more than 25 per cent of their original capacity.

2020 Renault Zoe charge times

Charge time varies greatly depending on the output of the charge point used. For example, Zoe owners using their free 7kW home wallbox can hope for a full charge in 9 hours and twenty-five minutes. Meanwhile, those using a 22kW supply (more common at public charge points) will receive significantly improved times, with Renault claiming that a 0-100% charge will take three hours.

Cars specified with the optional 50kW rapid charging functionality are even faster, with Renault claiming just 70 minutes for a full charge. For those after a quick boost, 50kW charging is claimed to be capable of adding 90 miles worth of range in just 30 minutes. To help with charging, the MY Renault app allows owners to programme when their vehicle draws electricity from the grid to make the most of low cost tariffs.

2020 Renault Zoe performance

As mentioned above, the Zoe is available with two different electric motors. The first, less powerful option is referred to as the R110. Power figures for the R110 come in at 107hp for power and 225Nm for torque. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 84mph.

The new, more powerful R135 motor promises 134hp and 245Nm of torque. This results in a notably more brisk 9.5-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 87mph. Both motors use a single-speed gearbox and put the power down through their front wheels.

2020 Renault Zoe interior

Renault has updated rather than revolutionised the interior of the new Zoe. Part of the updates includes a portrait central touchscreen information and media unit and new digital dash display. The latter displaying information such as which drive mode motorists are in and if navigation is equipped, guidance instructions.

Renault doesn’t appear to have removed every button possible from the cabin - unlike some manufacturers - more created a clear modern-looking dashboard. This is good news as you can change the cabin temperature without having to jab away at the touchscreen as in several other cars, for instance, which can be very distracting. While the rest of the cabin has remained largely similar, the recycled fabric interior brings a smart new option.

2020 Renault Zoe safety

Much like every new car these days, the Zoe has been stuffed with the latest and greatest safety technology. To meet this demand, Renault offers autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring and automatic high beam headlights.

2020 Renault Zoe technology

As touched upon above, the Zoe is no exception to the current trend of carmakers offering drivers an app for their car. Owners can access information such as charge status and journey times (including any required stops for topping up the battery) from their smartphone, as well as scheduling heating or cooling of the cabin prior to departure - meaning you can heat or cool the car using energy from the plug rather than depleting the battery on the move.

Furthermore, Renault now includes a 'B' driving mode. This is similar to systems seen on other EVs which effectively allow motorists to drive with just one pedal. This is possible thanks to increased regenerative braking force from the electric motor when drivers lift off the accelerator. This means that the car slows quickly enough when lifting off the throttle that you rarely have to use the brakes - unless in an emergency.

Finally, for those who don’t like parking, Renault includes something called hands-free Easy Park Assist, front and rear parking sensors and an automatic parking brake.

2020 Renault Zoe dimensions

Renault is keeping information regarding dimensions and luggage capacity of the 2020 Renault Zoe under wraps, for now. However, it has said that the larger 52kWh battery has not led to the loss of any interior space. This suggests there will be at least 338-litres of cargo area - a decent amount for a car this size.

As for towing capacity, Renault hasn’t quoted one – although this is normal for an electric car. The fact is electric cars aren’t suited to be towing yet (largely down to range implications) so manufacturers don’t jump through hoops to get them certified to pull along as much weight.

 

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