How to recognize a 2019 Renault ZOE

2019 Renault ZOE promotion in Portugal

Now that the Renault ZOE 2.0 is almost here, you can find some great deals on the outgoing model. Here’s a tip to distinguish a more recent from an older unit of the outgoing model you might find at a dealer’s lot.

With the introduction of the 2019 model year – unveiled at Paris Motor Show 2018 -, Renault finally made ZOE’sย rear seat foldable in a 60/40 split. This way you can easily recognize a 2019 Renault ZOE. Previously the ZOE’s rear seat could only be folded in one big piece, which wasn’t very practical.


2019 Renault ZOE trunk


In the video below you can have a better look of the trunk fitted with an useful double trunk floor compartment.



This is just a small public service announcement (PSA) since many potential EV buyers aren’t aware of this change in the 2019 model year.

Finally, you might find interesting this interview with Eric Feunteun (Electric Vehicle Program Director at Renault) where he states that the ZOE already represents 12 % of Renault’s sales on the B segment in Europe. Curiously, PEUGEOT expects the all electric variant (e-208) to represent 15 % of the new PEUGEOT 208’s sales.



Anyway, it’s probably wiser to wait until the new model is revealed, before deciding if current discounts are worth it.

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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2 years ago

Also there are a handle for lifting the trunk floor.

2 years ago

Impressive that Renault makes such a small change so late in the model life. I think they should have introduced CCS charging way earlier.

2 years ago

Don’t think this is correct. I took delivery of mine in February built to order in December 2018. It has no split rear seat although this might be because I ordered leather upholstery.
The local dealer is delivering a lot of these because the big company in which I work has incentives to order EVs and he said there was no consistency. About 70% of all the BEVs in our company are Zoes. Dealer has orders for about 100 Zoes from staff in our company. Most people were ordering cloth seats and even amongst them there was variation. Some had the split seat and some did not. Situation may improve with later orders.

I also don’t have a handle to lift the boot floor as I have a Bose subwoofer fitted.

The other thing my car has is DAB radio but I find that the OS of the head unit intermittently crashes when I listen to a DAB station.

Happy with the car, not complaining. Looking forward to the new model when I can order again for delivery in February 2021.

2 years ago

Need for CCS is overstated. I’m loving the 22kwh charging in work. Note that the e208 has only 11kwh.
22kWH charging is fine to charge my car while visiting the gym or visiting town. 1 hour charge in the park house and I arrive back before the next hour rolls over with 150km range added. I’ve experienced no range anxiety so far and as Type 2 chargers are most common here I’m not short of charging options.

2 years ago

A Zoe without CCS is not a long distance car. In about 10 days I have to make a 325 km trip, mostly motorway where most of it has a speed limit of 130 km/h. Even when driving a car with a 311 km WLTP range (2018 Renault Zoe R110) I expect to make at least two longer charigng stops. Google states that the trip should take just less than three hours, I expect the trip to take closer to five hours including charging stops.
With CCS I could do the trip at least one hour faster.

2 years ago

one stop needed for a 325km trip in a Zoe, not two and if you are doing that trip in Germany you will be lucky to find anything other than a Type 2 charger so what good will CCS be to you?

2 years ago
Reply to  G

It depends on how long you want to wait, if you make two stops you don’t have to wait as long and can use the low state of charge twice. I expect a range of about 200 km (at 110 km/h in ca. 5 degree weather) with a fully charged battry, that means one hour of charging at 22kW gives about 100 km or twice 45 minutes of charging gives about 150 additional km.
Depending on the CCS charging speed I would maybe choose one of the 3 Ionity locations along the way, if the CCS charging speed the car can handle is lower than 50 kW I would choose one of the 7 quick chargers along the way, the same locations where I have to stop to charge at 22 kW Type 2.
And no, I am not driving in Germany.