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Review: Renault Twingo

January 9, 2015

Unlike mainland Europe, where the Renault Twingo has been popular for two decades, Renault’s city car never sold many models in the UK. One of the reasons for this was that the UK never saw a release for the first generation Renault Twingo, the innovative model that made the car popular in the first place. Instead, we got the rather lacklustre second generation Twingo in 2007, which never lived up to its predecessor. So it came as no surprise that Renault gave the Twingo a serious overhaul in 2014. Will this third generation Twingo capture the hearts of UK drivers? Today we’re talking a closer look in this Renault Twingo review.

Renault Twingo

Original image by Kārlis Dambrāns

Design

The design for the new Renault Twingo is utterly unique. By putting the engine in the back, maximising the space inside and sticking the wheels on the corners of the car, the Renault Twingo achieves a cubic and iconic look. Because of its curvy design, the Twingo avoids looking boxy at all costs and remains a very fun, offbeat city car. Once you climb inside, you can really appreciate the design. Despite being 10cm shorter than the previous generation, the cabin actually has 22cm more space – and even the tallest passengers can comfortably fit in the back of the spacious Renault Twingo.

Features

As you’d expect from any car released in 2014, the Renault Twingo has a ton of technology. LED lights and body coloured bumpers mean the Twingo emanates quality inside and out. If you opt for the Dynamique kit, you’ll get cruise control, a DAB radio, electric mirrors and a nifty cradle for your phone. And if personalisation is a prerequisite, there’s an array of interior and exterior colour schemes to choose from for complete customisation.

Performance

So how does the 2014 Renault Twingo perform? Rather well, actually. Thanks to the engine being in the back, there’s nothing blocking the front wheels from turning, resulting in an amazing turning circle that rivals that of the London Taxi. Not bad for a city car. The Twingo offers a choice of two engines – a 1.0 litre petrol and a turbocharged 0.9 litre petrol. The latter is the more powerful of the two, offering 89bhp and making it from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds. Better yet, the Renault Twingo’s suspension helps to get you over speedbumps and off curbs without any of those nasty jolts.

Renault Twingo Interior

Original image by Kārlis Dambrāns

All in all, the new Renault Twingo is a vast improvement on the second generation. With a starting price of £9,495, this is a nippy little city car ideal for a lot of inner-city driving – and if you need some help financing your own Renault Twingo, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Check out our Renault Finance page for a financing plan that suits you – and try our online car loan calculator for an instant quote today.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.