The Renault Zoe has won the Best Small Electric Car category at the Parkers New Car Awards 2021. Parkers are a key resource for buying advice for cars and vehicles in the UK. This was their fourth annual Parkers New Car Awards 2021 and the Renault Zoe edged out the Honda e and Seat Mii Electric to take the top spot.
Even though the Zoe has been around a while, the judges thought it a deserving winner because it has been face-lifted to incorporate a longer range and had some big improvements to its user-friendly interior.
Parkers said: “Renault is rightly proud of its stance as an early adopter to the idea of the mainstream electric car, something that felt like a pipe dream for many years. If you want a highly usable and enjoyable electric car and your budget doesn’t stretch to a Tesla, this makes a strong case for being your next set of wheels.”
The Honda e, which received the first runner up award in the category, is the newest car on the electric block and has been much praised for its neat lines and overall design. Parkers saw it as being a bold step into the future, and the sort of futuristic electric car that many of us have been waiting for.
Parkers said: “It has the neat design details that have made it through to production from the original concept car, but it still functions as a normal electric vehicle without feeling intimidating to use or too ahead of its time. The advanced all-digital dashboard looks complex but is easy to use, while the cameras that replace the door mirrors work so much better than any other manufacturer’s system. If you aren’t on a budget and don’t mind its short-range, this is a fabulous introduction to the world of electric cars.”
The second runner up in this category was the Seat Mii Electric. Parkers saw it as an electric car that doesn’t look or feel like an electric car, but if that’s what you’re after then the SEAT Mii Electric is a great place to start.
Parkers said: “It looks like the now-discontinued petrol-powered Mii from the outside and drives like a normal car – and on the inside it has a very familiar air about it, making it perfect for EV newcomers. But it also offers all the electric-vehicle advantages of silent and surprisingly potent performance alongside a very reasonable driving range for the money it costs.”