With a starting price of less than £25,000 for this car taking into account the government’s plug-in car grant, plus a £3000 discount that the manufacturer is currently throwing in, you could put the lower-trim Excite version car on your driveway for four years, via a PCP deal, for less than £250 a month after a typical trade-in. Given how cheaply you’ll be able to run the car, the rational case for ownership ought to be clear.
If only it were. The fact is that the ZS’s disappointing battery range lets it down somewhat. In fairly chilly conditions, the best energy efficiency we saw from it was 3.1 miles per kWh, making for a touring range of 130 miles – and one closer to 110 miles in typical mixed use.
In our experience, a 40kWh Nissan Leaf will beat that by a useful margin, and the new 50kWh Renault Zoe should do so by a very useful one. By no means is 113 miles of realistic everyday driving a disaster, but it is what EVs of a not-dissimilar price were offering five or more years ago. And when battery range remains the biggest limitation to usability of EVs like this, it will inevitably be a sticking point for some.