Renault Zoe GT Line review: Electric vehicle perfect for essential journeys

Mirror Motoring’s Colin Goodwin has found the Renault Zoe electric vehicle the perfect runner in lockdown to go and visit his mum and – with no off-street parking – found it easy to charge up away from home

There’s only one essential journey that I have to make and that’s to care for my 94-year-old mum.

She’s only 10 miles away and for this I’ve been using a new Renault Zoe that was delivered a few days before the lockdown started.

2020 Renault Zoe (Image: Renault)

The improved Renault Zoe has a longer range and posher interior (Image: Renault)

This is the longest period that I’ve run an electric car and it’s proving to be a very interesting experience as I live in a terraced street with no off-street parking.

That means I cannot charge the car at home.

This leaves me with three options: our local mini Waitrose which has a Polar public charging point; my pal Jim’s wallbox charger; or public charging points while out on my travels.

Anyway, this is the third generation Zoe and its range has been extended to 245 miles thanks to a 52kWh battery.

There’s also a new front bumper and LED headlamps.

Other changes to the car’s lines bring its styling more into line with the latest Clio and Captur models.

The more significant changes, however, have taken place inside.

Many of the hard plastics have been replaced by soft-touch materials. There’s also more brightwork which lifts the perceived quality.

There are three grades of Zoe to choose from, starting with the entry-level Play (106bhp R110 motor), the Iconic (R110 or 133bhp R135 motor) and top-spec GT Line (R135 motor only).

Read more: Mirror

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