Renault Zoe Ordering Opens
(Monday 30 October 2012)
Renault is now taking advance orders for the Zoe supermini, which is due to go on sale in the UK next spring. The Zoe, which was the subject of some controversy a few years ago owing to the fact that it has a girl's name, isn't Renault's first vehicle to rely entirely on battery power, but it's the first full-sized passenger car (unlike the Twizy quadricycle) of that nature which is not related to an existing model (unlike the Megane-based Fluence).
The Zoe's UK pricing of £13,650, including the Government's Plug-In Car Grant, was confirmed at the Geneva Show back in March, as was the fact that battery hire starts from £70 a month, assuming a three-year contract and an annual mileage not exceeding 9000.
More specifically, £13,650 buys you the entry-level Expression, which comes with climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, traction control, hill start assist, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth connectivity, voice-controlled satellite navigation and the ZE Voice warning system which lets pedestrians know you're coming.
There are two other trim levels called, if you please, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens. Both cost £14,750 and have 16" alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, electric rear windows, rear parking sensors, a leather-covered steering wheel and remote activation of the heating or air-conditioning.
Dynamique Zen models also have light interior colours (in the interest of "purity and well-being", for heaven's sake) along with active scent diffuser, an ioniser, a toxicity sensor and, for reasons we don't want to investigate too closely, Teflon seat protection. The Dynamique Intens has a darker interior and a rear parking camera.
Most of the equipment common to both Dynamiques is also available at extra cost for the Expression. Other options include 17" wheels, various alternative paints, western European mapping for the satnav and a three-year subscription to TomTom Live services.