The lone ranger: Renault Zoe 40 review

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I suppose I ought to cut through this mire of options and tell you which Zoe is the best bet?

Firstly, I’d rent the battery. Only about one in ten Zoe buyers buy outright and it’s easy to see why. The upfront cost of buying the battery is substantial, whereas the monthly fees aren’t too onerous and any problems with the battery remain Renault’s to sort out forever. The company pledges to fix or replace any battery providing less than 75% of its rated capacity. So all in all, lease seems a better long-term bet.

Next, I would cross off the entry level 22kWh car. It might be OK if you intend to use the Zoe to potter around doing the shopping and the school run, but it’s depressingly basic inside and the range will never take you very far.

It’s trickier to decide between R and Q because it really depends on how often you intend to arrive at motorway services in the middle of a long journey in a hurry in your small electric car. I’d wager not very often, but I might be wrong.

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