Review

Renault Twingo hatchback

Price  £9,495 - £11,695

Renault Twingo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very manoeuvrable
  • Stylish design
  • Good rear passenger space
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Wind noise at speed
  • More expensive than rivals

At a glance

The greenest
Dynamique SCe 70 Stop & Start 5dr £10,995
The cheapest
Expression SCe 70 5dr £9,495
The fastest
Dynamique TCe 90 Stop & Start 5dr £11,695
Top of the range
Dynamique TCe 90 Stop & Start 5dr £11,695

"The new Renault Twingo is a good-looking and quirky yet practical city car."

The new Renault Twingo is designed to take on the best models in the city car class – namely the Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10. The first thing to note about the Twingo is that it has its engine in the back, which has allowed Renault to create more space inside the car and also make it extremely agile around town.

The Twingo has a distinctive look and, as is usual these days, there are a number of ways you can personalise it to make your car stand out even further. If you're not sure exactly what to go for, the Twingo is available with several personalisation packs put together by Renault, featuring different exterior and interior accessories and costing £200.

The car has a very small turning circle that makes it very manoeuvrable around town, and the engines are nippy enough at low speeds. There is a choice of two: a 69bhp 1.0-litre petrol and an 89bhp 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol. There are three trim levels called Expression, Play and Dynamique.

If you spend your time driving around town, we'd recommend the mid-range Play model. But because that trim only comes with the low-powered 1.0-litre engine, drivers who take their Twingo further afield will have to stretch to the range-topping Dynamique model to get the better 0.9-litre engine.

That makes it more expensive than any Hyundai i10, SEAT Mii or Skoda Citigo - although its still possible to spend more on a top-of-the-range Volkswagen up!

While the Twingo isn't as much fun to drive as the VW, SEAT or Skoda, it is a good looking, practical city car that's very easy to use in busy towns and cities.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.1 / 5

Two small engines will be cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

Very good in town, but not as much fun to drive as rivals

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

Interior is modern and practical, but can be noisy

Practicality & boot space

4.3 / 5

Relatively spacious interior and practical boot

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

All-new car, but we expect good things

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 1 review
4 / 5
"The Renault Twingo is an attractive rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive alternative to the VW up! and Skoda Citigo."

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