Renault ZOE Iconic

Renault ZOE Iconic

Editor Wakesho

It’s no secret that the Renault Zoe is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, with more than 110,000 units sold since launching at the end of 2012.This version offers exclusive gray-colored upholstery with the new Highland Gray exterior color and new 17-inch alloy wheels. ZOE Iconic offers an intelligent luggage compartment floor that is located at the same level as the luggage compartment and releases the loading area by storing the cables in this double bottom space. It is also equipped with the R110 and Q90 electric motors that offer a 300 km range.

When it comes to the interior, there is some cheap plastic all around, not enough storage spaces and the design feels outdated compared to the competition.This model is well equipped, getting an infotainment system with Bluetooth, climate control, electric and heated mirrors, among others. Renault has also introduced a new range-topping version, named Signature, that comes with amenities like leather seats, a reversing camera and a Bose stereo.

All trim levels come with a free, 7kW charging box for your home, which allows you to fully charge up the Zoe’s battery in 7.5 hours. The base version comes with a 22 kW battery pack, which offers a maximum range of 149 miles (240km), while the two higher grades feature a 40kW battery that increases the range to 250 miles (400 km), and the Signature is available with a quick charge option that charges the battery to 80 percent in just 65 minutes.

The car is quite roomy for both passengers and their luggage. It’s also quiet and comfortable to drive around town, even though the steering doesn’t offer much feel, but take it on the motorway and the wind and tire noise will be instantly noticeable.The Renault Zoe Iconic is available both with the new R110 electric motor or the older Q90 unit (a version of the R90 equipped for fast charging). The former produces 80 kW (109 PS/108 hp) and 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) of torque, while the latter makes 68 kW (92 PS/91 hp) and an identical peak torque.

The added power helps the Zoe equipped with the R110 motor cover the 80–120 km/h (50–70 mph) sprint two seconds faster than with the smaller unit. Conversely, the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 11.6 seconds, and top speed is limited at 135 km/h (84 mph).

Regardless of the motor, Renault claims the Zoe Iconic offers a real-world driving range of 300 km (186 miles) in summer and 200 km (124 miles) in winter, thanks to a 41kWh lithium-ion battery.

To ease range anxiety, the Zoe Iconic features a new smartphone app called MY Renault that gives drivers information about the whole journey time, including driving and battery charging. The app also guides the driver to the most appropriate charging point.

To facilitate the daily life of electric vehicle drivers, a new service helps create smart travels by providing information on total travel time and driving the driver to the most appropriate charging point. First in the market, this app is accessible via smartphones. All services are now combined into a single application, MY Renault.

Price $17,415