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Advantages: Well behaved on public roads in spite of its general lack of refinement, rewarding ride, plenty of room for all rakes of friends, RenaultSport 133 flavour spices the menu up.

Disadvantages: Renault could have done more with the Twingo’s looks, tell-tale Renault approach to cabin plastics, can be expensive to maintain, questionable road adhesion, not that cheap and not that cheery either.

Summary: The Renault Twingo is not altogether new, more of a timely revisit to a forgotten automotive place and in some ways nothing’s changed as it’s still rather nondescript to look at, bearing all the characteristics of another bland Eurobox.

In its original guise it wasn’t exactly warmly received by one and all, although went down a storm in Columbia and Paraguay where it was still pieced together until recently. The current, second generation Twingo though shares the same chassis as the old Clio, only with emphasis firmly placed on strength and crash protection, overlooked in its predecessor. So at least survival chances are increased tenfold and as a result reflected in the Euro NCAP 4-Star rating awarded.

Doesn’t have the retro presence of the Fiat 500 nor the avante garde styling of the Mini, but in its favour, or rather its GT and RenaultSport flavour, does disguise serious anger management issues that drivers might want to explore. And in all honesty it does more or less everything you ask of it in normal guise, being an accommodating, docile, unassuming supermini displaying surprising signs of maturity. Although given that it’s spiritually been round the block a few times is understandable.


Overview – The new Renault Twingo supermini-cum-city car bolsters a triumvirate of 1.2-litre engines and a rip-roaring 1.6-litre power plant which are fitted out in either ‘Extreme’ or ‘Dynamique’ form; neither of which live up their billing. The entry-level 59bhp 1.2-litre Extreme is so far down the bill it’s probably mistaken for the printers.

Thankfully the 75bhp engine outings pack something that resembles a punch – more than a smoothie maker any road – whilst the RenaultSport-tinged Twingo GT and undiluted RenaultSport 133 models brag some proper brutality care of their TCE features that inject 99bhp of clout into proceedings, wrapped up in turbo charging activities.

Yet despite its bluff and bluster the Twingo doesn’t quite inspire the slot car-like grip you’d expect – and therefore the confidence, other than in the GT and RenaultSport 133 variants – to chuck it into apexes willy-nilly. And although it’s aimed squarely at the ‘Zig-a-zig-ahhh!’ generation, if you do throw it at the more challenging of corners this will undoubtedly be your – and your occupants’ – most audible concern.

Firm, tight suspension though which means you never lose sight of where you are on the less testing parts of testing B roads, (i.e. the straights) where the Twingo is indeed a planted wheeze; providing the driver gives it some beans as even its start performer required regular high revving involvement.

The steering tends to be a tad airy-fairy and needs a firm hand at the helm, so for all its promise it doesn’t quite conjure up the go-kart-like feel and instant response you’d think the compact Twingo would inspire when man-handled. In its defence though, the GT is nippy enough, snatching this way and that as you journey through a free-revving adventure.

Take your foot off the loud pedal and you’ll see the needle drop as you’d expect, but unfortunately you won’t hear one ever fall as the Twingo could never be accused of being a noise-free zone. Wind and road phonics aren’t too amplified, but the engine lets you know its there when you play fast and loose with the accelerator. Measuring more irritatingly raucous than a welcome rasp or rumble on the decibel-o-meter.

Both Twingo models have a five-speed manual gear selector, and no, you can’t opt for an auto because you’re prone to cramp in your left leg. Tough.

Plastics reaffirm Renault-esque flippancy, and exposed wiring in the foot well not the best advert for interior build quality, although the switchgear looks like it may well last the course mainly because it’s been lifted from Renault’s higher up the food chain.

Given that Renault on occasion likes to push the boat out in the flair department, the Twingo’s interior hasn’t unfortunately come over all Citroen on us and remains unequivocally, well, erm functional. Which is a shame. With the name Twingo being derived from the words ‘twist, swing’ and ‘tango’ buyers might have expected something a bit quirkier and hip when introduced to the interior.

Dashboard layout logical and user-friendly if not slightly subdued, although feelings about the central digital display is a matter for individual taste. And if that’s not enough to contend with, the buttons on the radio are microscopic.

Base model Twingo Extremes bag ABS, remote central locking, CD player and front fogs, whereas the Dynamique range ably demonstrates alloy wheels, remote stereo controls and electric front windows. If you really, really want to feel pampered and special, then the GT and RenaultSport 133 models claim air-con, electric door mirrors and automatic lights and wipers, alongside a host of extra curricular cosmetic kit that includes sports suspension, metallic trim, rear window tints and more bling-rated alloys.

The new Twingo shares the safety conscious mindset of its bigger Clio brother, so rest assured in front and side airbags as standard, however curtain airbags are obviously deemed a luxury and therefore cost more on all models. Deadlocks are included for free, but stability control is something the Twingo driver will have to master themselves without any technological assistance. Regardless of how much cash you throw at the problem.

Unless they opt for the difficult to tame Twingo RenaultSport 133.

Despite an un-characteristically lofty seated driving position – even if your name’s Lurch – the height only steering wheel fiddle switch will allow most driver rakes and girths to be accommodated. Plus you’ll be well-sighted to make judgments that wont come back to haunt you, thanks to positive 360 degree visibility. More than enough leg, head and elbow room means four consenting adults can easily acquaint themselves. Although gangly ones might get a crook in their necks in the back.

The rear seats do the usual small car party trick of sliding, folding and reclining too.

The new Twingo won’t cost you a small fortune to either own or run courtesy of a pleasing blend of thirst-ignoring engines and low CO2 emissions. It’s too soon to tell whether or not the supermini will retain an encouraging percentage of its net worth in the medium to long term though so no pointers on residuals just yet.

Unlike the once famous rotund, decidedly orange-coloured bloke with a fondness for a certain soft drink, you wont really know if and when you’ve been Twingo’d. So you might prefer to take your chances with the Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 or the funky Toyota Aygo, while the Renault’s pricing pitches it in Nissan Micra and Toyota Yaris territory.

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