Renault has updated its Zoe electric car for the 2018 model year, with a power increase being among the changes.

The refreshed car starts from £18,420 on the road with a £59 per month battery rental, or the whole car can be purchased outright for £24,020. The car can also be purchased via a £199 per month, three-year PCP deal at 4.9 percent APR. Order books have already opened ahead of deliveries commencing in the summer.

Powered by the new R110 electric motor, derived from the previous R90 electric motor, the new Zoe still has a class-leading range of 186 miles, but adds 16 horsepower. The power figure now sits at 106bhp, with a 0-62mph time of 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 84mph.

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Renault Zoé 2018

It's not just motor enhancements that benefit the new Zoe, it now comes with a new optional ‘Aconite’ dark metallic purple exterior paint and optional purple interior pack. In terms of technology, there's now Android Auto, and the Android Auto-enabled R-Link Evolution infotainment system which projects smartphone apps onto the car's interior screen.

Two trim levels are available in a simplified range, Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav. Both can be specced with the new R110 motor, as well as the already available Q90 motor, which Renault says is more suitable 'for customers more likely to use public rapid chargers whilst travelling longer distances'.

The Dynamique Nav specification comes with a hands-free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, 7-inch R-Link infotainment system with voice-controlled TomTom sat nav, electric windows, and LED daytime running lights all as standard, while the range-topping Signature Nav specification adds features such as supple premium leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and a parking camera at the rear.

Gallery: 2018 Renault Zoé