Twingo: cute for GT

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A Week at the Wheel | Cambs, | Renault Twingo GT |


Renault’s original Twingo’s charm was its cutesy looks melted hearts and gave it appeal. The new car is an evolutionary design many cues from the but much of the cuteness has been and the new Twingo is significantly bigger

Nonetheless it is very much a city car with compact and a squat wheel-at-each-corner stance. Our car was finished with the optional stripes which, whilst not to all certainly lend an air of fun and sporting

The interior is on the basic side, its design to allow easy of left and right hand plain to see, but it is bright, and practical. The dash is minimalist in of gauges with a rev counter the wheel being the only the digital central speedo and gauge sited in a pod in the middle of the Stowage spaces abound and the itself is spacious.

Given the sporting pretensions more supportive seats have been welcome but is no arguing with the flexibility by the rear seats’ ability to away.

Engine Transmission:

A 1.2-litre, four-cylinder may not sound the basis of a warm hatch but the addition of a turbo gives it an ability that enables it to the best of several worlds. power of 100bhp, combined a relatively low weight, gives the chuckle-inducing speed and the torquey of the engine delivers a broad, spread of accessible power.

The turbo’s presence is always to be felt – and heard but not at the expense of fuel consumption, as driven off boost the small delivers economy comparable a non-turbo version. Our overall of 40mpg is the least most would expect to see.

Ride Handling:

The GT badge may dismissive smirks from but they underestimate the Twingo’s capabilities. We’ve always fans of French hatches and the further builds on the long expectations of that fine of agility and suppleness; it manages to be and compliant around town yet and amusing on the open road. again that Renault can small fun cars that and handle, a fact accentuated by to our recent outing in the new Fiat

Equipment, Economy Value for

Given its budget pricing, it is not a to find a lack of gadgets and in the Twingo. However, everything one expect to need is present, air-conditioning, electric windows and a stereo. Rivals at this end of the are not plentiful; the Fiat Panda springs to mind, but Renault’s is entirely reasonable and sensible.

Running costs should be minimal.


It’s not to like the new Renault Twingo. the charm and cuteness of the original has diluted with time blame legislation, safety and forces for that – but hasn’t been lost is the way the package feels right and a fine combination of fun, and practicality.

Dave Jenkins 17 Jul 2008

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