Renault ZOE named 'Best Small Electric Car for Value' in the What Car? car of the year awards 2021

The Renault ZOE has underlined its appeal as the perfect entry to pure-electric vehicle ownership after being hailed as the ‘Best Small Electric Car for Value’ in the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021.

The well-known magazine and online new car buying platform awarded the all-electric New ZOE ‘Best Buy’ for value in the rapidly growing small EV sector after being won over by its unrivalled combination of affordability and everyday usability.

On What Car?’s decision to name the zero-emissions-in-use ZOE its very first small electric car champion for value, Steve Huntingford, Editor, said: “The Renault ZOE is one of the cheapest electric cars you can buy – outright or on PCP finance. However, it demonstrates its value in other ways, too, including the fantastic range and practicality it offers. Unlike some rivals, it really could be your only car.”

The ZOE is certainly no stranger to success in the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, having previously won the ‘Best Small Electric Car’ category for seven consecutive years. The awards recognise the best new vehicles on sale in the UK across 20 categories, with What Car? also introducing its ‘Best Buy’ accolades this year which pinpoint cars with standout individual qualities such as value, comfort and practicality.

Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “We are delighted to accept this accolade and that What Car? has chosen to award the ZOE, especially in light of how fast the small electric car sector is advancing. Core to our extensive electric vehicle development is providing affordable, sustainable motoring to all and this award is another illustration of how we work to overcome the hurdles of cost and practicality that often stand in the way of drivers who are wishing to switch from a traditional petrol or diesel car to an electric vehicle.”

In particular, What Car? haloed the value of the ZOE Iconic with the R110 motor and a 52kWh battery with the option of 50kW rapid charging that can be charged to 80 per cent in just one hour and ten minutes. The well-equipped version offers a highly usable driving range of up to 245 miles (WLTP).

The ZOE Iconic combines its usability with an extremely comprehensive specification. On top of features that are standard across the ZOE range, which include a 10-inch TFT Driver Information Display complemented by seven-inch EASY LINK infotainment display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB connectivity, air conditioning, handsfree keycard, full LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, automatic lights and wipers, the Iconic adds such equipment as 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, all-round electric windows, satellite navigation and automatic climate control. The Renault ZOE Iconic starts from £28,495 on-the-road after the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG).

All New ZOE models are backed up by Renault’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty, plus an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for the Z.E. 50 battery.