Renault Zoe ZE50 real world 6 month review. Perfect EV commuter or crash test nightmare?

From The Late Brake Show.

Jonny Smith’s Renault Zoe ZE50 6 month real world review. Is this the perfect EV commuter or crash test nightmare? Despite being launched 10 years ago, the Zoe has changed a lot beneath its similar looking skin. The humble 5-door hatch often gets overlooked, perhaps because of its early adopter status or lack of luxurious badge, but Jonny found there’s a lot to appreciate in a simply, unassuming 245-mile range EV.

There is, however, the small question of its recent Euro NCap crash test exam result of 0/5. This sounds worse than it is, but neverthless Renault’s cost cutting of certain safety features in exchange for other tech.

Jonny has driven an electric car regularly for almost 8 years. In 6 months Jonny drove over 6,500 from summer to winter, and tries to delve deeply into the likes, dislikes and facts about the car which will make way for the all-new Renault 5 electric next year.

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UK Zoe Sales results
2020 – 6384
2021 – 5778

Zoe sales Europe
2020 – 99,261 (no.1)
2021 – awaiting results in Feb

Renault’s official NCAP statement:

Renault takes note of the results published by EuroNCAP following specific tests on ZOE E-TECH Electric according to its new protocol implemented in 2020.
First of all, Renault reaffirms that ZOE E-TECH Electric is a safe vehicle, which complies with all regulatory safety standards. These standards are constantly evolving and are becoming more stringent in all domains, especially in safety. Renault therefore continually improves its offer in order to comply with the regulations applicable where its vehicles are sold.

ZOE was launched in 2013 and received 5 stars with EuroNCAP protocol at that time. The EuroNCAP protocol has since 2013 undergone 5 changes. With the same equipment, a model can lose up to 2 stars in each protocol change.

The evolution of the current Zoe was decided in 2017 adapting the passive safety equipment to real accidentology and updating the car with state of the art ADAS equipment such as Advanced Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keeping Assist, using a radar and a camera.

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CHAPTERS
0:00 Intro
2:52 Spec as tested
3:30 Prices and specs
3:48 BOOT SPACE
5:25 BATTERY PACK SPECS
7:22 WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
10:38 EFFICIENCY
11:48 FRENCH CAR ELECTRICS
13:17 COST CUTTING
17:10 JONNY’S WIFE
19:00 REGEN BRAKING
19:45 RIDE AND HANDLING
22:29 EURO NCAP CRASH TEST
23:43 RENAULT’S STATEMENT
24:48 CABIN
28:36 LIVING WITH IT FOR 6 MONTHS
29:11 JONNY’S VERDICT

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