We’ll keep this section brief because of greater importance is the one that follows. In short: here’s where you’ll most feel the extra weight in a supermini chassis – and also where you’ll most notice the effect of the economy tyres.
The all-up kerb weight makes the Renault Zoe drive without much of the pep and verve that you’d expect from a small car. It rides flatly but feels leaden and wooden, and although it steers with pleasing weight and response, there’s no excitement here.
We suspect that the body’s mass – which feels, in short, like you’re driving a Clio with five aboard – would better absorb low-speed lumps and bumps, too, but here’s where the economy tyres, which help keep the range up, take their toll.
Because up to 30 percent of energy used to propel a car can be lost through movement in the tyre sidewall, eco tyres like these Michelins have stiffer sidewalls. That’s good for economy but less so for ride quality, and it leaves the Zoe’s compliance a few notches short of a regular Clio’s and a further distance again behind the class best.
Don’t misunderstand us: it’s still some distance from being uncomfortable, but you’re always aware that the Zoe is carrying more girth than it might.