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Renault Twingo Review

Renault Twingo Tested November 2014

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Recommended. Could be the version to finally make an impact in the UK.

Road Test

This could be the version of the Renault Twingo that finally sees it make an impression on these shores.

A famous name in its native France for many years, it took Renault a long time to bring it to the UK.

But it eventually did and the all-new model could be the one that strikes a chord.

It’s cute, fun to drive and different – not least because of its unusual rear-wheel-drive, rear-engined setup.

It’s good-looking, bearing more than a passing resemblance to a certain small Italian style icon, and is a five-door dressed up as a three-door, sharing the bigger Clio’s hidden handles.

The rear-drive, rear-engine configuration means that the handling takes a bit of getting used to – you have to remember where the weight is.

The front end feels lighter than usual, as you’d imagine, but get the hang of it and it’s good fun.

A bonus to that way of doing things is that the front wheels turn to almost 90 degrees, which is rather handy around town.

The windscreen is big, adding to the feel of space inside and there are lots of personalisation options to make your Twingo your own.

The interior is fun and the top-spec Dynamique that we drove has plenty going for it, including cruise, lane departure warning and 15in alloys, on top of bells and buttons that lower models get, such as air con, Bluetooth and electric windows.

The Dynamique also featured the R-Link infotainment system, which is beautifully excellent in its simplicity and user-friendliness.

We tested the 70hp three-cylinder petrol engine, which in truth is a little wheezy and you have to work it hard.

It’ll give you 67 to the gallon and CO2 of 95g/km, but then the more powerful and livelier 90hp, at £700 more, still manages 65mpg and 99g/km, so it’s the one to go for.

The Twingo has plenty of appeal and is also great value.

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