A luxury feel while driving but very pricey

All-electric Renault Zoe is all but silent on the road

Although it has new driverless car designs on the way, Renault based the cars used in Rouen (see here) on the Zoe, an electric version of the Clio.

Connexion journalist Brian McCulloch tested a Zoe on everyday roads.

Small and silent, the driving experience is that of a large automatic with no engine noise, although road and wind levels do rise with speed.

Smooth, powerful and sharp in the corners, it drives like a luxury vehicle in spite of its 1.8 tonne weight.

The luxury impression is added to by the fact the Zoe is very well built – after 7,000km the test car provided had no squeaks or rattles.

Being electric, full torque is available from the start so get up and go is especially sharp. No need for gears: just select D on the automatic style shift, foot off the brake... The official 0-50kph time is 3.9sec, with 11.4sec for 0 to 100kph, but ...

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