Renault ZOE rated best electric car by Auto Express

The Renault ZOE has been highly commended by its owners in the Auto Express Driver Power survey, having been rated as the best electric vehicle to own.

Finishing five places above its nearest all-electric competitor, with an overall satisfaction score of 92.87 per cent, the ZOE also finished as the fifth best car overall in the survey.

What’s more, it was also named the best vehicle in this year’s survey for low running costs, the second best car for ease of driving and the second best supermini overall.

Named best electric car

Ben Fletcher, electric vehicle product manager for Renault, said: “The Renault ZOE offers the recognized benefits of all-electric vehicles in an ultra-stylish and highly-affordable package. It’s no wonder that owners are so delighted with their cars.”

This year’s Driver Power survey has had the largest response ever, with 61,113 car owners responding and filling out the survey about their vehicle ownership experience in total.

Steve Fowler, Auto Express editor-in-chief, said: “Breaking into the Driver Power top five is a significant achievement for the Renault ZOE.

“Owners of electric cars clearly love their vehicles – and the ZOE, in particular, has a winning formula of low running costs and decent performance, plus it’s very easy to drive, too.”

Since going on sale in 2013, the Renault ZOE has attracted a large amount of accolades, including having been named the best green car at the Business Car Fleet Technology Awards.

The ZOE is one of three all-electric Renault models available, which also includes the innovative Twizy urban vehicle, and the Kangoo Z.E. Van.

Renault also unveiled a new upgraded version of the ZOE at the Geneva Motor Show with a new electric motor, which reportedly extends its range to a class-leading 149 miles.

Lighter and more compact than the previous motor, the new version adds on an extra 19 miles to the ZOE’s range, and also features a new charging system which lets drivers charge the battery faster.

Upgraded with all-new motor

The Renault Zoe is available in three trim levels, the entry-level Expression trim, plus the Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens models, and qualifies for the government’s £5,000 electric car grant.

Stylish, versatile and with a range of equipment that includes Renault’s R-Link infotainment system and voice recognition software, the ZOE was described as the first affordable electric car upon its launch.

Available to buy now, the Renault ZOE is currently priced from only £13,650 for the entry-level Expression model, when factoring in the government’s £5,000 electric vehicle grant.