Renault Twingo hatchback

£9,495 - £12,545

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.