Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force
- Cute looks
- Fun to drive
- Equipment is ahead of rivals
- Not the fastest car out there
- Not the most comfortable
- More expensive than rivals
What's the Renault Twingo like?
The latest Renault Twingo is a complete departure from the rest of the cars in the company’s range.
It harks back to cars it produced back in the 1960s like the Dauphine and Floride, which were rear engined and rear-wheel drive.
Developed alongside the latest smart forfour, they both use much of the same equipment, including engine and drivetrain.
The Twingo is a fun and focused city car partly because the engine is at the rear, and it’s more than capable of longer journeys on the motorway.
Through a series of bends, it’s a joy to drive, with very good grip and stability and reasonable feel from positive and direct steering.
The manual 5-speed gearbox has quite a long throw and doesn’t like to be hurried too much, but the pedals are light and brakes excellent.
As it should be with all city cars, it has a very tight turning circle, which means that you can make a U-turn in many places where others would have to do a three pointer.
When it came out in 2014 there were just two versions of the same 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, with either 69bhp or 89bhp.
The SCe70 has a top speed of 94mph and, as you would expect, takes about 14.5 seconds to sprint to 60mph, but it has an official average fuel consumption of 62mpg and emits just 105g/km of CO2.
Upper models fitted with the same engine get automatic start/stop, and this helps increase economy to 67mpg and reduces emissions to 95g/km.
To make swifter progress with this engine, much gear changing is needed to keep it on song.
The TCe90 has a turbo to add power but is optimised for increased efficiency, not out-and-out performance.
Performance is much improved, however, with 0 to 60mph now taking 10.8 seconds and top speed up to just over 100mph.
But, because it’s designed for best efficiency, economy doesn’t suffer and, when this model is fitted with start/stop, it averages 65.7mpg and 99g/km of CO2.
When road tested, the Twingo gets a real road average of 48.5mpg in varied driving, which has to be right up there with the best.
At the top of the range is the GT, which has 108bhp squeezed from the same 1.0-litre turbo engine. This reaches 62mph from rest in 9.5 seconds and averages 54mpg – a great combination of performance and efficiency.
It also comes with sports suspension, and this spoils the very good comfort of the lower order cars – something that makes them stand out from much of the competition.
They're also ahead of many others in the level of equipment. Even the entry Expression comes with DAB radio and Bluetooth, a smart phone cradle with an app to use it as a sat nav, hill start assist, remote locking, height adjustable steering wheel, and electric front windows.
Next up is the Play, which adds, air con, height adjustable driver’s seat and alloy-look wheel covers, while Dynamique adds cruise control, lane departure warning, stop/start, alloys, and electric heated door mirrors.
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